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Here Are Another Seven Words ....
June 23, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
May you rest in peace, George Carlin.
That is my seven-word tribute to one of the funniest men ever.
He died Sunday of heart failure at the age of 71.
When I think of George Carlin, I think of my 16th birthday. Six of my friends and I had gone to the Rose Cafe in Martins Ferry for dinner, then back to my house for cake and ice cream and presents.
My parents had bought me George Carlin's new album, "Class Clown," complete with "the seven words you can never say on television." It even had a little warning sticker on the album cover.
But somehow, when my friends and I were all hysterically laughing, sitting around the dining room table with our cake and ice cream and obscenities, my parents were shocked at what was coming from the stereo! They must've missed that little label!
We spent the rest of the party trying to say those seven words as quickly as George Carlin could. I had it down. Still do, as a matter of fact. And I could go on ... I knew much of the routine by heart.
I once had the opportunity to conduct a phone interview with my favorite comedian. It didn't go so well, I remember. I was asking him some general bio-type questions to start off the interview. He got a little upset because his people had not sent me the bio basics. He didn't want to waste phone time on those things I should've already known.
But, he's always been my favorite. I'd catch him every time I could on television. He was on "The Tonight Show" more than 100 times, according to a story reported today on the news. And he was the very first host of "Saturday Night Live."
I loved his edgy take on things, and the way he played with words. And the questions he asked, like: "When cheese gets it's picture taken, what does it say?"
Another one of his favorite lines: "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately," which he of course did quite often.
Well, he's crossing another line right now ... I wonder if he can say those seven words there.
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