Comedian George Carlin Passes on:
Comedian George Carlin has left the stage officially. On Monday, June 23, 2008 it was reported that Mr. Carlin had heart failure shortly after checking into the hospital complaining of chest pain. There was nothing that could be done to save him.
Perhaps one of the most outstanding comedians of all time, George Carlin appeared on The Tonight Show over 150 times, wrote 2 books, and located the boundaries of comedy only to cross them blazingly. I had the pleasure of seeing him live in Atlantic City. The only comedian I could ever compare him to, George Burns, has already joined his wife Gracie passing on several years ago at the age of 91. The stage is now empty.
George's most famous skit was "The Seven Words You Can't Say on TV". It actually made the FCC stand up and take notice. What an inspiration he was!
We will miss you George! Keep them laughing up there!
George Carlin - Died Monday, June 23, 2008- Age:71 (1937-2008).
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During his life, Mr. Clarke wrote over 100 books and several articles. Most of these were Science Fiction, but not all.
He was a brilliant man with a vision. A vision of the future. Perhaps his most famous writing (but not his best) was "2001, A Space Oddessy". You may remember some phrases from that book or the movie like "Sorry Dave, I can't do that". Quite a vision of the future indeed!
Mr. Clarke made many predictions, some of which have come true. One of those, in an article written in 1945 (in his 20's), predicting the altitude of geo-stationary satellites like those that host DISH, DIRECTV and more, which he entitled "Extra- terrestrial Relays". He was right on the money! That was the correct altitude for something only dreamed about, which became a reality! It will be forever known as the Clarke Belt in his honor!
The one thing he never predicted was his own passing. On Wednesday morning in Sri Lanka, his home since 1965, Arthur C. Clarke passed away at the ripe age of 90 years in Sri Lanka. He went to the hospital feeling ill, only expecting this to be one of the "features" of being an old man. Unfortunately, this time he was wrong. It was his last visit to the hospital. He passed away shortly after.
Let his memory serve to remind us that we are "Only Human". Some interesting reading, including his books and his predictions for the future (through the year 2090) can be found online at http://www.arthurcclarke.net
God Speed Mr. Clarke, you will be missed..
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