May 12, 1937

On this day, George Carlin, one of America’s best stand-up comedians, was born to an Irish father, Patrick Carlin and Irish American mother, Mary Bearey. He was raised on West 121st Street in Upper Manhattan. In a career spanning fifty years, Carlin pushed the envelope in terms of performance. His “Seven Dirty Sins” routine was central to a U.S. Supreme Court case on the government’s right to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. In a 2006 interview with Irish America magazine, Carlin talked about a trip he made to Ireland. “Most of all I remember the faces, the wonderful faces. I remember thinking, ‘I know these people. This is my herd.'” Carlin passed away in June, 2008.

One Response to “May 12, 1937”

  1. Steve Johnson says:

    In the movie “Cars”, George Carlin was the voice of Fillmore (as in Live at the Fillmore) the Hippie VW Van. The license plate for Fillmore is 51237, which is George Carlin’s birthday (5-12-37) May 12, 1937. Anyone who lived through the 1960s would be familiar with the Fillmore, as venue for 1960s events.

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