I was born in an age when it was against the law to show real paper money on the TV screen because the federal government was afraid that someone would take a picture of it and be able to forge it. We have come a a long way baby...now we can just scan those $20's and $50's and pass them off at the local Gas N Go.
During the 1950's and 60's it was uncommon too to hear anyone curse on TV. I am not sure we have progressed in that we now hear all sorts of filthy language in all the shows and it's a concern to everyone, especially if they have kids.
But I remember George Carlin as the guy who said those 7 words and on television. We were breaking out of our staid little upbringings in those days, and for better or worse, guys like George were leading the way. His legacy wasn't just that he taught us to curse though. He made us look at ourselves and laugh. At 71, he has left us all too soon. As he said he would, he died in a Santa Monica hospital today of "a terminal episode".
George didn't believe in a man up in the sky taking care of us all, so I hope he is just this side of where he would like to be, enjoying every moment, as we did with him when he was still here with us. Goodbye George, and thanks for all the laughs!