My, my how times change. When George Carlin began the raunchy part of his long career in comedy, the Deseret News would surely not have noted anything about him except perhaps the potential for arrest and criminal charges.

In May, he appeared at the staid venue of Abravanel Hall. That is far from the seedy basement bars and smoky nightclubs where he first did stand-up comedy. On his recent visit to the Beehive State, he displayed his full repertoire of four-letter words, even those that had caused him trouble long ago.

Since his death, there were several articles and even an editorial in the Deseret News that lauded George Carlin's contribution to the world of comedy.

As Carlin would not say, "What the heck!"

He was funny and his social critique was spot-on!

Brian M. Barnard

Salt Lake City