The Romantic George Carlin Writes a Nano-Powered, Sub Atomic-Filled Love Letter to His Wife

Carlin Letter

George Carlin was more than a Class Clown. He was also a class act, as evidenced by this undated missive to comedy writer Sally Wade, with whom he shared the final decade of his life. The man who once parsed the Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television showered his “spouse without papers” with such notes daily.

Given such a prodigious output, he wisely turned to science to quantify his ardor in the reproduction above. (His physician’s scrawl can be difficult to decipher – a transcription is supplied below.)


If you took THE NUMBER OF SUB-ATOMIC PARTICLES IN THE UNIVERSE and multiplied that number times itself THAT MANY TIMES; and then added the total number of MICRO-SECONDS since the beginning of time, times itself; and then added 803—you would STILL have only the tiniest fraction of A BILLION-BILLIONTH PER CENT of the amount of love I HAVE FOR YOU.


your candle partner,
the romantic Mr Carlin,
your eternal flame

A portion of these sweet nothings were collected in The George Carlin Letters. Its subtitle, The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade, was taken from the note he left on her computer the day he died, two days shy of their 10th anniversary.

via Dangerous Minds

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Ayun Halliday has been loving on Greg Kotis since 1991. Such notes as there are remain private, but you can follow her @AyunHalliday

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  • Allan Wafkowski says:

    Thank goodness the bigoted Carlin is no longer among the living. Do we really need to prolong the agony buy reading his silly letters. I think not.

  • Saje Williams says:

    Yes, George was bigoted against assholes. No one was ever born an asshole. It’s a lifestyle choice. Sorry about yours, Allan.

  • Lawrence Bayne says:

    Thank goodness you took time out of the prolonged flush that is your life to come here and ‘think not’

  • Rob Brazeau says:

    And learn to spell “by,” sir.

  • Allan Wafkowski says:

    Why am I not surprised by the Nazi-like tactics of Carlin fans? Intolerance, hatred and oppression are the trademarks of the hate filled liberal-Nazi. You folk are stellar examples of the ilk.

  • Allan W says:

    How the hell did I wander into such an inhospitable place?!? I’m going back where people do their own thinking and don’t allow the zombie TV culture to think for them. You are very much what is wrong with the planet.

    “Obama and Hitler, a match make in hell”

  • Schaudenfreude says:

    @Allan Wafkowski
    George Carlin was a comedian, it’s comedy and a persona he wore to use it. What are your views on Lewis Black or Louis CK?

  • jane jill says:

    Methinks Mr.Allan may be jealous of their love and sounds like a lonely man!

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