Legendary comedian George Carlin’s lifelong association with New Hampshire

Legendary comedian George Carlin’s lifelong association with New Hampshire

Spofford Lake in Cheshire County is home to Carlin’s childhood summer camp



JUST 10 MILES A BIT SOUTHWEST OF KEENE IN CHESTERFIELD NEW HAMPSHIRE IS SPOFFORD LAKE, JUST MORE THAN A SQUARE MILE IN SIZE, KNOWN FOR ITS CLEAR WATER AND KNOWN FOR GENERATIONS OF LAKE COMMUNITY RESIDENTS. >> THERE ARE NUMEROUS FAMILIES HAVING SUMMER HERE FROM CHILDHOOD THROUGH OLDER YEARS. >> LIKE YOU. >> I HAPPEN TO BE ONE OF THE LUCKY PEOPLE WHO HAD TO BE IN A RENTED COTTAGE FROM CHILDHOOD. >> HARRIET DAVENPORT OF THE CHESTERFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY ALSO REVIEWED THE SUMMER CAMP HISTORY. >> THIS – THERE IS A WAREHOUSE ON THE LEFT. CAMP SPOFFORD, THE LAST THAT IS LEFT. ONE OF THOSE LONG GOING IT WAS A CATHOLIC CAMP FOR BOYS, ONE OF ITS CAMPERS WAS A YOUNG BOY WHO WOULD GROW INTO A LEGENDARY PERFORMER, GEORGE KARL AND. TODAY, EXPENSIVE HOUSES STAND AT THE END OF THE LAKE WHERE THE CAMP STOOD, A LOAN POINT THE ONLY RELIC REMAINING. THE EXTENDED SUMMER CAMP PROBABLY CHANGED GEORGE CARLON’S LIFE AND THEY WILL NEVER FORGET THE LAKE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. >> HE WAS A LATCHKEY CHILD GROWING UP IN NEW YORK’S UPPER WEST SIDE. THIS PLACE WAS SO SPECIAL FOR HIM BECAUSE HE NEEDED TO GET OUT OF THE CITY AND GO INTO NATURE. >> KELLY CARLON, PRODUCER OF GEORGE KARL, SCREENWRITER AND AUTHOR OF A CARLON HOME COMPANION, GREW UP WITH GEORGE. >> THEY HAD A TALENT SHOW EVERY YEAR AT THE END OF THEIR STAY, AND EVERY YEAR MY FATHER HAD ONE THAT TALENT SHOW. AND ONE OF THE PRIZES HE WAS GIVEN WAS A SMALL NECKLACE WITH A COMEDIC TRAGEDY MASK WHICH MY FATHER WEARED ALL HIS LIFE. AND ACTUALLY DIED WITH THIS NECKLACE. >> SERIOUS? >> THIS WAS THE BASIS OF HIS CONFIDENCE AND HIS COURAGE TO DO THIS WORK IN THE WORLD. >> SUMMER CAMP HERE WAS SO IMPORTANT TO CARLON THAT AFTER HIS DEATH IN 2008, THE FAMILY DECIDED TO SPREAD SOME OF HIS ASHES ON SPOFFORD LAKE. >> I IMMEDIATELY KNEW ALL THE PLACES MY FATHER HAD TO GO TO. I knew we had to go to the old neighborhood and I knew we had to go to SPOFFORD LAKE. >> AND SO A FORMER CAMPER COME BACK HERE, A SPECIAL MEMORY AT A SPECIAL LAKE IN A VERY SPECIAL LITTLE CORNER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. >> AND KELLY CARLON IS CONVINCED THAT HER FATHER WILL WIN THE CAMP TALENT SHOW IN THIS LITTLE LAKE WHICH WAS ABSOLUTELY A GAME CHANGER FOR HIM. >> SHE THINK THAT’S THE REASON HE GOED INTO SHOW BUSINESS. IT’S INCREDIBLE. I LOVED HIM WE ALL HAVE. HE WAS ALSO A SOCIETY COMMENTATOR, A SOCIETY CRITIC, SO MUCH GENIUS AND HIM ABOUT THE RUN OF OUR WORLD. IT WAS INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO HIM, I MISS YOU. THIS WAS RECORDED FOR TONIG

Legendary comedian George Carlin’s lifelong association with New Hampshire

Spofford Lake in Cheshire County is home to Carlin’s childhood summer camp

Spofford Lake is a small lake in the city of Chesterfield. NH Geroge Carlin’s daughter tells Ted Reinstein that in 2008 the pioneering comedian’s family scattered some of his ashes on the lake where he attended summer camp as a boy.

Spofford Lake is a small lake in the city of Chesterfield, NH

Geroge Carlin’s daughter tells Ted Reinstein that in 2008 the pioneering comedian’s family scattered some of his ashes on the lake where he attended summer camp as a boy.

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