George Carlin, 71; comedian tested limits of speech and society
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Saint Paul, MN
#1 Jun 23, 2008
I'm extremely saddened by this news. I had the good fortune to meet George back in 1976. He was still developing his grumpy old man persona at the time. I found him to be a thoughtful, intelligent, and gentle man. His comedy amused me for about 35 years. I saw his most recent (of surprisingly many) HBO comedy specials, and I was overjoyed to see that he was still "pushing the envelope," then shredding it and blowing into the breeze. In my current swell of sentimentialsm, I'd call him the "white Richard Pryor," in the sense of their boundary-breaking approaches; even though their approach points were about 30 degrees apart.
His quality that I enjoyed the most was his ability to see through the b*%%sh^@ and deliver the facts in an understandable form; truth to power
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