He already looked like he has been old forever. He was like Steve Martin in the sense that it seemed like he's had gray hair for as long as I can remember. Even before it was gray, George Carlin already looked like he had been around for quite a while. That's why I just assumed he would always be around for a little while longer. It would appear that's not the case.
Carlin died Sunday from heart failure. He was 71-years-old.
His most famous routine was the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television". Thanks to the more liberal times we live in, at least one of those words has cracked the networks (as long as it is after a certain time of night). It could be that hearing Carlin do the bit so much desensitized the FCC and it became acceptable. Let's see how many more of those start infiltrating the airwaves.
The one thing that stuck out to me about Carlin was his uwavering belief in atheism. I will never forget the one HBO special of his I saw where he closed it out by going off on an anti-God rant. He went as far as to say "if there is a God, why doesn't he strike me down right here for what I'm saying". When nothing happened, he considered his point proven.
Unfortunately, now George will get a chance to find out first hand how wrong he was. I'm not sure if he truly will rest in peace, but at least thanks for the memories while you were here, George.