Comedian George Carlin passed yesterday at age 71. Carlin was quite a character, and had created some controversy with his use of profanity on the radio (the seven words routine). He became a counter-culture icon and a pretty big draw wherever he went. As a kid I watched Carlin on an old summer replacement variety show doing his hippy dippy weatherman routine and became a fan for life at age 11. He blazed new comedy paths, and in my estimation stood with Richard Pryor as the two biggest impact comedians of our time. You can be sure that wherever he is now he is causing trouble! Rest in Peace George Carlin.
Added Note: The Washington Post has a wonderful Carlin story posted online at this link.