The New York Times: George Carlin Dies at 71
“I don’t have pet peeves. I have major, psychotic hatreds.”
Throughout most of my teenage years, George Carlin was my favorite comedian. When I was 13, I went to see him perform live in Springfield, Mass. Afterward, I bought several of his albums and began memorizing them. His style of observation, his verbal patterns, and his unique brand of wordplay were a major influence on my own sense of humor.
Little known trivia fact: George and I shared a birthday, May 12.
I had always hoped I might get to meet him someday. Alas, I guess not.
Nothing much will seem funny today, methinks.