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Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 9:19 PM


A terrific WP in tribute to one of our best comic minds. The world is a little less funny without him, but much funnier because of him. George, you will be greatly missed!

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.9 - Posts: 6036)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 9:23 PM

Thank you, Sploofishy, for your Wordpuzzle on George Carlin! Really enjoyed it and an appropriate tribute to his memory!


Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 9:29 PM

Congratulations to Sploofishy for expeditiously composing this word puzzle theme to a great comedic genius.
I will be taking the puzzle soon and will comment later, but I wanted to express my appreciation for this tribute.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2097)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 9:34 PM

What they said! Nice job and a great tribute, Sploofishy.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 9:38 PM

You gotta be a real fan (and a clever puzzle maker) to put together an excellent WP in no time flat. Fine job Mr. or Ms. Sploofishy.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 9:42 PM

great job - I knew the concept of each - just took awhile to put the words together - thank you for the tribute -

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 10:00 PM

Great puzzle and a fine tribute to my favorite comic. Carlin and I were born one day apart. Probably explains my sarcasm.

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 10:10 PM

Great puzzle and nice way to remember him.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 10:18 PM

Nice job, some little known facts revealed, fine remembrance, excellent puzzle...

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 10:29 PM

Absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much. Didn't cry (as an old folk) but was close. How ever you did that in such a short period of time without making it googleable is beyond.
Anyone who wants a hoot, look up Carlins thing on "stuff". Some of the funniest "stuff" ever.

All...have a good evening.

Diva305  (Level: 145.6 - Posts: 1641)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 11:03 PM

Bbear-I posted stuff under "Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time."

Which I didn't know was for George Carlin until someone told me.

Off to do the WP

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.8 - Posts: 5434)
Mon, 23rd Jun '08 11:39 PM


Billkozy  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 308)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 12:28 AM

One of my heroes of the entertainment world. Great great comic. My favorite along with Brian Regan.
Thanks for providing the tribute!

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 12:47 AM

He was a true comic genius. I love Brian Regan also. If you haven't seen him you should check him out on u tube.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 686)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 1:33 AM

A Great Tribute to a Great comic. Thank you for a great puzzle.


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 1:51 AM

Great Puzzle Sploofishy....made me want to know all
there is to know about Mr.Carlin. He was obviously
a very diverse and interesting person as well as
being a comedic genius....

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 2:02 AM

Thanks for a wonderful George Carlin WP! Great clues and variety of phrases. It left me with a smile on my face -- and I can't think of a better tribute than that.

-- Geri

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 6:20 AM

Thanks for the tribute WP and for putting it out there so quickly. Lots of interesting sides to this man.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 6:58 AM

Wonderful puzzle for a very funny & wise man

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 7:26 AM

Thanks for the timely WP in tribute to a cultural treasure, now gone from us. I was glad I heard some of Terry Gross' old "Fresh Air" interviews with The Man this morning as I drove to work. Gave me some help with some of the facts.

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 9:17 AM

Great puzzle and tribute.


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 10:19 AM

George was the funniest man in the world, and one of the smartest, and I had been looking forward to his observations on old age as he moved into it a few years ahead of me. Geriatrics is gonna be a lot less funny without him.

I knew him first as a button-down type in a suit and skinny tie, doing a two-man act with Jack Burns in the early '60s, and appearing on Ed Sullivan and the Tonight Show, and I didn't think he was very funny, he seemed old fashioned. A decade later I was driving a school bus and one of my junior high kids gave me a 45 rpm single of the Al Sleet routine. I took it home and played it and just cried with laughter. He was unrecognizable; I thought, what the hell happened to Carlin? He became a hippie and he got funny! Who knew?

In the mid-seventies I was fortunate enough to see him at the Valley Forge Music Fair, an awesome little in-the-round venue with no bad seats. I saw many great performances in that place, but none more memorable than George. It was a Friday night in early February, bitter cold and snowing hard. He was booked for several shows there, and had done a matinee that day. We were the last show of the run. I thought, great, he'll be sick of it and stale. I could not have been more wrong.

After totally killing for 2 solid hours, we were in actual pain from laughing. My face hurt, my ribs ached, my lips felt all stretched and funny, I had cried off all my makeup. George had rocked the house! Standing O! And then, THEN, he said he'd been working on some new material, and would we mind staying a bit while he tried it out on us? Would we MIND??? Then he gave us another hour of new stuff he was working on, and he worked on it WITH us, talking and joking with the audience and asking which word was funnier in a line, or why was that funny? It was dazzling. A once-in-a-lifetime privilege. I've always felt incredibly fortunate to have been a part of that evening.

Over the years I heard bits and pieces of the material he "tried out" on us that night, sometimes very different, sometimes just the same; there are recurring themes. Oddly, the bit I thought was funniest I never heard again. Maybe someone else has. Try and imagine George's voice:

[Casually] An elevator is a very futuristic device, if you think about it. [dramatic voice] I saw before me a passageway, at the end of which, two doors were descried upon a wall. I walked down the passageway, and the doors ... opened! I stepped in. The doors closed behind me and there was a brief, queasy sense of motion, and then ... the doors opened again, and I was in ... ANOTHER PLACE!

It got a big laugh and impressed me enough to remember it all these years later, but I never heard it again, and I'm sure there's other lost, undeveloped gold left from that night and many others, because George was generous with his gift. He did so much more than make people laugh, he taught us to think. He demanded it. I loved him very much and I'm devastated we've lost him so soon.

I loved the puzzle, Sploofishy. Thank you so much.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 11:03 AM

Thanks for sharing that story, Smoke.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 11:16 AM

Thank you Smoky.

Diva305  (Level: 145.6 - Posts: 1641)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 3:03 PM

A tribute to George Carlin and death. A man full of the truth.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 3:11 PM

Excellent puzzle!

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 4:38 PM

Wonderful story, Smoke, thank you!

-- Geri

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 4:57 PM

Because I was away and had no chance to log in, I have just seven words to say about missing the puzzle.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 5:23 PM

Smoke, that anecdote reminds me of one of my favorites: Alexander Graham Bell explaining how the phone system will work. Someone questions the feasibility of every house in the country being connected by wires and he says, to effect: "Don't worry -- we're going to balence them on poles." Heh.

Letterman mentioned last night how hard working Carlin was, and how every time he saw him, Carlin had another 90 minutes of fresh material. It was great to get insight on how he did it. Thanks!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 5:33 PM

I heard that comment, and Craig Ferguson did a nicely beepy salute too, very sweet and irreverent. Charlie Rose ran old interviews, even Tavis Smiley showed some footage.You might still catch Teri Gross's "Fresh Air" today in some markets.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 5:34 PM

Terry Gross. Sorry.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 9:28 PM

We're two for two, who's going to make it a hat trick.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 9:51 PM

What are the seven words????
Family hour is over....
So let loose....

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 10:02 PM

Once again, thanks to Sploofishy for that wonderful tribute to George Carlin.

He appeared in York at our performing arts center three times in his career, his most recent show was not very long ago.

I didn't have this puzzle [if it was one of the ten- please let me know], but you should probably not be surprised that I loved his "Al Sleet- the hippie dippie weatherman" character.

Check my real name on my profile - and you'll understand.

Now wait- I didn't say I went to Woodstock in '69. And I can only guess what the weather forecast will be. Hmmmm- maybe it's because I liked dippie eggs.

RIP George.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 24th Jun '08 10:19 PM

Rowlanda, I think the consonants were posted in another thread. So I'll complete the words.


And if you notice anything funny, I have a quiz question about just that!

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Wed, 25th Jun '08 1:51 AM

There's an extremely thorough interview with Carlin from just two weeks ago found here:

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 26th Jun '08 7:42 PM

Just saw a joke in the local paper....
George Carlin is at the pearly gates
and St.Peter(?) is reading the rule book
St.Peter...."By the way, you can't say those 7 words up here either"
George.......Frowns - shrugs his shoulders - and rolls his eyes!!!!

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