George Carlin gave us a place for our stuff, the seven words you can't say on television and such inquisitive insights as "When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?"
During a career that spanned more than 50 years, the influential comic who died in June at age 71 left behind a legacy that was expansive enough to embrace the sharply controversial as well as the absurdly silly.
But beyond his wardrobe change from uptight suit-and-tie guy to laid-back ponytailed hipster, how much did even his most faithful fans know about the man behind the jokes?
His daughter, Kelly Carlin-McCall, 45, is making sure the world gets its chance. She has a deal with Hyperion Books to do an oral history of her father's life, due in fall 2009. She promises it will cover both the ups and the downs, his career triumphs as well as his struggles with drugs and alcohol.