For me, George Carlin was a hero of sorts. I know I don’t stand alone in that sentiment.
He stood up to authority by questioning it and making fun of it.
He constantly challenged the norm.
He pulled me out of despair when on August 2, 1979 my boyhood idol, Thurman Munson, was killed in an airplane crash.
As a boy, I didn’t think I would ever get pulled out of my state of mourning, especially not by that evening’s guest host of The Tonight Show.
He’s made me laugh ever since. I’ve seen him in concert numerous times over the years, most recently for the last show of the millennium – December 31, 2000 – when he concluded with “Happy Real Millennium.”
Thank you for giving me 3 decades of laugher. You will be sorely missed.
I leave you with the routine that helped me 29 years ago – Baseball and Football