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BREAKING 6-23-08 Comedic Icon George Carlin Dies at 71; Carlin was Shreveport DJ While in A.F.
Monday, Jun 23, 2008 10:51am

LOS ANGELES, CA From AP; CNN; LPB (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING ENTERTAINMENT:  1pm  6-23-08  The entertainment world has lost another icon:  71 year old comedian George Carlin died Sunday afternoon, June 22nd, after suffering heart failure. 

Most widely known for his "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" Carlin was the gadfly who kept the country entertained with his, no-holds-barred, sense of humor. 

The AP story reports the counterculture hero's jokes also targeted things such as misplaced shame, religious hypocrisy and linguistic quirks why, he once asked, do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? 

In fact,  as a footnote, while a young 19 year-old stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, Carlin was also employed at KJOE Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The LPB website reports that Carlin was one of the first to play Elvis Presley's record "All Shook Up," thereby making the national news in 1956.  

 At a time when profanity was winked-at "on-the-air" Carlin made a career out of the mockery of our society's mores and the television medium, in particular, when it came to those "seven deadly words." 

As CNN reported, Carlin was probably best known for a routine that began, "I was thinking about the curse words and the swear words, the cuss words and the words that you can't say." It was a monologue, known as "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," that got Carlin arrested and eventually led to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The "Seven Dirty Words" bit prompted a landmark indecency case after New York's WBAI-FM radio aired it in 1973.

The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 that the sketch was "indecent but not obscene," giving the Federal Communications Commission broad leeway to determine what constituted indecency on the airwaves.

"So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I'm perversely kind of proud of," Carlin said. "In the context of that era, it was daring.

"It just sounds like a very self-serving kind of word. I don't want to go around describing myself as a 'groundbreaker' or a 'difference-maker' because I'm not and I wasn't," he said. "But I contributed to people who were saying things that weren't supposed to be said." 

In November, Carlin was slated to receive the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, given by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


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