Tomorrow New York City will rename a street to honor the late George Carlin, the famed comedian and inspiration for FCC v. Pacifica (1978), the infamous First Amendment case sustaining a broadcast ban on “7 dirty words.”
Although “George Carlin Way” will begin at Amsterdam and West 121st Street, because of construction the ceremony tomorrow will be one block away at Morningside Drive and West 121st Street.
→ This from Howard Wasserman: “The named block is actually not the block on which Carlin grew up, because the church there (where Carlin went to school) objected; the compromise was to move it across to Amsterdam Avenue.” [Source: go here]
→ The dedication ceremony will begin at 1:00 PM.
Current line-up of speakers
- Kevin Bartini (the comic who made it all happen!)
- Kelly Carlin
- Patrick Carlin
- City Councilman Mark Levine
- Keith Olbermann
- Colin Quinn
- Sally Wade
The following speakers have yet to confirm:
Tomorrow night at 7:30 PM, at Carolines on Broadway, there will be a very special night of laughter to pay tribute to the dean of counterculture comedians and to celebrate his newly minted status as a man of the streets. (I will be in NYC and plan to be at Carolines.)
→ For details, go here.
→ Hat tip to Josh Wheeler
For a memorable passage from Justice William Brennan:
I find the Court’s misapplication of fundamental First Amendment principles so patent, and its attempt to impose its notions of propriety on the whole of the American people so misguided, that I am unable to remain silent.