Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ode to George Carlin, former Barksdale airman

By now, everyone has probably heard that George Carlin has passed.

I found this interesting, though:
Carlin was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base 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. Read the story in full here.
I also didn't know that his "Seven Words" routine led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity. I mean, I knew about both of them but I didn't know they were intertwined. My favorite class in college was Communication Law and Ethics. I don't know why, but the legal system related to communication law is fascinating to me.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this.

29 comments:

JColtF said...

Who cares...

Adam Kealoha Causey said...

Come on, jcoltf. You really don't care at all? Did you not like his humor or was it the Supreme Court bit?

Donecia Pea said...

Even though I only remember George Carlin as the guy from "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures," (and for some reason I always mixed him up with the dude that was the teacher on "Head of the Class" before the sitcom ended, lol.) it's always neat to me to find out when celebs have a local connection. Who knew!

Stephanie Bemrose said...

My friend Gary (an airman who used to be at Barksdale) knew Carlin was here. But not everybody did, so I just wanted to share it.

Not any deep issues to make you think hard about the future of our society. Just to read.

Pretty plain and simple concept for a nice easy blog on a Tuesday morning. :0) That's all.

JColtF said...

"Human beings will do anything, anything. I am convinced. That's why when all those beheadings started in Iraq it didn't bother me. A lot of people here were horrified, "Whaaaa, beheadings!" What, are you fucking surprised? Just one more form of extreme human behaviour. Besides, who cares about some mercenary civilian contractor from Oklahoma who gets his head cut off? Fuck 'em. Hey Jack, you don't want to get your head cut off? Stay the fuck in Oklahoma. They aint cuttin' of heads in Oklahoma, far as I know. But I do know this: you strap on a gun and go struttin' around some other mens country you better be ready for some action Jack."

After that statement I think we are all better off without him

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