The Two Great Georges:
Eons ago, I flicked on the tv in the den and there was George Carlin, already famous for his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV.” This must’ve been in the early 1970’s.
Mom, seated on the sofa next to me, cried out in shock, “Holy shit! I knew him! We were camp counselors as teenagers. He was the most serious guy I ever met. In fact, that was the last time I saw him because he landed a radio job.”
She could never get over that he was funny. Each time she saw him on tv, she’d shake her head with that “who knew?” look.
George Carlin was another defining force in my life. Hell, I grew up with the family tradition and vocation of funny and soft humor as well as satire through Punch and Judy, Charlie Hebdo, le Canard Enchaine and National Lampoon. In my family, the competition was fierce as to who was the funniest. Each. Day.
And you wonder why I ended up a commercial banker?
Today, I recall George Carlin’s last monologue, in particular, how it doesn’t take much to end civilization as we know it in three days:
Doesn’t this sound pretty much like certain communities dominating Europe right now? Like the Muslim suburbs of Paris, Norway, Sweden, Italy, UK and Belgium?
Isn’t this what the current American administration is attempting to foment by creating civil unrest between blacks and whites?
At least people are waking up, albeit groggy, on a global basis.
This is why I endorse E. T. Williams. He has lots to say and he is right - it’s all about common sense. As my mom used to say, “Like attracts like,” and E. T. is another proponent of, “The Emperor is Nekkid” satire. Like yours truly.
Check out his blog and videos:
Whatever happened to common sense?
Have to admit, he got guts.
Insofar as my humor, it’s taking a station break. I’m still sitting shiva for Georges Wolinski, one of several cartoonists murdered in Paris, a man who appealed to my aesthetics since I was a teenager with his mixture of the profane with the humdrum, sex with humor, politics with common sense. He’s a luminary in the world of satire, a world I entered in 2010, a world of which I’m proud to be considered a part.
I just hope that George Carlin’s quote about society’s failures, “Nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care,” is rendered invalid soon.
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