Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Happy birthday to George Carlin. The comedian first made a name for himself in the 1970s with his bit about the 7 words you cannot say on TV. For reference, the words were: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits. We’ve progressed as a society and I think you can actually say piss now (but I am not verifying that fact, because I REFUSE to censor myself and I find these words to be perfectly acceptable in any conversation that deems them necessary to be spoken). Carlin’s observations about the world at large are so spot on, that I looked up to George Carlin as more of a religious figure than the big 3: Jesus, Buddha and Allah. George Carlin did not give a fuck what people thought of him and he made a career of telling it like it is, while keeping everyone rolling on the floor with laughter. I am so happy that before Carlin’s death, I met him many times. In my experience, George Carlin was always nice and I was always so happy to see him in person. Wherever you are George, you are certainly missed and thought of often.
Also born today: actress Katharine Hepburn, baseball great Yogi Berra, composer Burt Bacharach and rocker Steve Winwood.