Like Dirt, Carlin was one of my personality's two fathers. I loved his take on humanity as a cursed institution and his comedic observations that supported that view. To prevent myself from becoming wholeheartedly, cynical I tempered Carlin with the sometimes optimism of another great that passed within the year, Kurt Vonnegut. I liked knowing that guys like this were out there being rascals still. I'll miss you wise fellas.
Carlin was a true classic.
I laughed at him because I agreed with him.
And I laughed at him when I didn't agree with him.
His later bits on "America" are some of the truest words ever spoken.
I will miss him for sure.
Words white people use
Happens to be, Openly
James Brown is openly black.
Colin Powell is not openly black, he is openly white,
he just happens to be black.
Carlin was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base (Shreveport, La) in the 1950s, serving in the 376th Bomb Wing's 376th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron, and working part-time as a disk jockey at radio station KJOE, whose other staffers included Wolfman Jack.
Exhibiting the rebellious streak that would run through his life, he received three court-martials and numerous disciplinary punishments, according to his official Web site. He received a general discharge in 1957, and 20 years later was able to return to the area to perform at the Municipal Auditorium telling nothing but Barksdale and Shreveport jokes to fill an hour of stage time.
Carlin did a TON of coke during the 70's and even admitted to being coked off his a$$ while hosting the very first episode of SNL back in '75. So 71 in Carlin years would be like 198 in normal years... the moral of the story: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.