Mark Goff, who was there to document in words and on film that important era of Milwaukee history, is no longer here ... hard as that is to believe. After battling cancer for a number of years, Goff passed away at his East Side home on Friday at the age of 71.
In its early days, the Summerfest grounds in no way resembled the sophisticated venue we see today. The stages were wooden platforms under rented tents, and performers were generally delivered there by boat. On July 21, 1972, George Carlin was one of them.
Summerfest followed its big 1968 debut with an even larger - though still diffuse - schedule in '69. But dramatic changes began in 1970 and continued throughout the decade as the Big Gig became bigger and bigger.
"The Kelly Carlin Show" debuts at 6 p.m. today on the SiriusXM satellite radio Raw Dog Comedy channel, which is #99. On the first Sunday of every month, Kelly will interview a famous comedian about life, careers and the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. First up today is Robin Williams
George Carlin's famous list of seven words you can't say on TV isn't really what broadcasters take into account when they bleep out a word. As a WUWM case shows, it's more complicated than that.
Our entry today is dedicated to comedian George Carlin, who died Sunday at age 73. Thanks to a controversial appearance in 1972, Carlin will forever be linked to Milwaukee and Summerfest.