Jim Stingl | In My Opinion
Carlin’s words immortalized, sort of
• Curt Denevan and his company, RCB Awards, ran with my idea in a recent column to mark the spot at Summerfest where comedian George Carlin was arrested. I contend it’s the most famous event in the fest’s history.
The folks at RCB, 8000 W. Capitol Drive, designed some nice artwork for a plaque, framed it up and delivered it to Summerfest. They’re not asking for any payment. The firm manufactures corporate awards.
Included in the design is a photo of Carlin being led away by Milwaukee police after he delivered his bit about the seven words you can’t say on television. The photo was snapped by Mark Goff, then a freelance photographer who happened to be at the show on July 21, 1972.
If Summerfest bites, the plaque would be placed in the northeast corner of the grounds, where the main stage was at that time.
I got a mixture of feedback to the idea from readers. My fear is that Summerfest will wilt under the criticism from those who think marking the spot glorifies Carlin, who died in June. It wouldn't, not any more than a plaque at the spot of a presidential assassination attempt glorifies the gunman.