May 1, 2011 |
Bill Cosby is the go-to celebrity at the Penn Relays - perhaps to the carnival what Jack Nicholson is to the Lakers or Spike Lee is to his Knicks. Each year, Cosby can be found on the Franklin Field infield, and 2011 was no exception. Wearing a gray Penn track suit and a canary yellow Penn Relays official's hat, Cosby posed for pictures, shook hands, and congratulated athletes Friday and Saturday. Cosby, 73, has been coming to the Relays since he was a boy growing up in Philadelphia - for probably 64 years, he said - and says he competed here during his days at Central High School.
January 25, 2002 |
It's as if Rocky Balboa abandoned the Art Museum's steps and ended his workouts by scaling the Jefferson Memorial Arch instead. It's as if Tastykake relocated here, and Pat's suddenly replaced cheesesteaks with toasted ravioli. Bill Cosby, as beloved a Philadelphia icon as Ben Franklin, is in league with the enemy. The North Philadelphia-born comedian, a graduate of Germantown High who attended Temple University, a fixture at Philadelphia sporting events from 76ers games to the Penn Relays, is a member of the Honorary Advisory Board of, gasp, the St. Louis Rams.
June 3, 2004
Below is a selection of reader Voicebox responses that were able to be verified, to the May 24 Commentary Page featuring a pro-and-con on Bill Cosby's criticism of the black community. At a May 17 gala at Constitution Hall in Washington, he called on African Americans to stop blaming racism for social ills and start taking personal responsibility for their lives. Reader response was the most one-sided in the history of Voicebox: Out of more than 130 calls, only four took issue with Cosby's remarks.
October 2, 1988 |
"Welcome to Billadelphia!" scream the billboards scattered around our city to promote the premiere of The Cosby Show in syndicated reruns starting tomorrow at 5 p.m. Television commercials showing this mysterious new town of Billadelphia pop up on our TV screens with great and annoying regularity. Have you seen these things? Boy, if I get in a tough scrape, I'm not going to the Roundhouse for assistance - I'm heading for that "Billadelphia Police Department," where the cops look friendly and helpful.
October 20, 1987 |
The figures slide smoothly off our lips like coins tumbling out of a slot machine - $57 million (Bill Cosby's anticipated income for 1987) . . . $46 million (last week's lottery jackpot) . . . $8.5 billion (the net worth of Sam Walton, owner of Wal-Mart Stores) . . . And as they do, we dream up ways to spend the money - a Porsche for every day of the week, vacation homes in France and Florida, five-star restaurants at the first pinch of a hunger pang, multi-layered fur coats, a suite on the QE II, an audio-visual room that would out-watt the Pentagon's . . . Yet, even if we bought all of the above, we would run through only a fraction of these mega-totals.
July 30, 1997 |
Bill Cosby spent his entire life building an impeccable image and in one moment frittered it all away. Now, many of the people closest to him are being destroyed. One of the world's most successful entertainers, Cosby has been embroiled in an ugly, personal and legal tragedy that has permanently damaged his reputation. Cosby confessed that although he was married, he'd had a "rendezvous" 23 years ago with a woman named Shawn Thompson. She insists that Cosby is the father of one of her children, 22-year-old Autumn Jackson, who faces up to a dozen years in prison after her conviction of attempting to extort $40 million from Cosby.
January 26, 2005 |
A former Temple University employee who alleges that comedian Bill Cosby fondled her in his Cheltenham mansion said she came forward a year later because she wanted to do the right thing. "What would you do? I did what I thought was right," she said yesterday from her home in Ontario. The woman, who asked that her identity be protected, went to Canadian authorities Jan. 13 and alleged that Cosby had given her some medication and later fondled her in his home a year earlier.
September 7, 1992 |
"Civilians," they call them on the late-night talk shows: People who know nothing about the entertainment industry. People with no book to plug. Just ordinary folks - except, of course, they're not completely ordinary. Some strange attribute, after all, has landed them on television. Maybe this one's a burly Teamster who's had an out-of-body experience. Maybe that one's an airport worker named Keno who's also an amateur comedian - with only one joke. People used to marvel at how well Johnny Carson could bring out the best in a civilian, turning the show over to someone who had no idea of show business and then, with a prod here and a filling comment there, help him be hilarious.
July 13, 1997 |
The plot unfolding in a Manhattan courtroom has all the tawdry twists befitting a made-for-television tale: illicit affair and out-of-wedlock child, threats and tabloids, money and murder. There are even scripts of tape recordings for jurors to follow along, in the case against the woman charged with blackmailing one of entertainment's most popular stars. And while attorneys argue about the main character's motivation, Autumn Jackson's own words provide the drama: Is she a lonely girl seeking her daddy's attention?
August 30, 2000 |
The public saw a new side of Al Gore when he planted one on Tipper at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. But is the congenitally wooden vice president cool enough to appear with Cher in Camden? The Gores will attend a major fund-raising event Sept. 12 at Camden's E-Centre, where - in another sign of Hollywood's alliance with the Democratic Party - the entertainment will include singer Michael Bolton, comedian Bill Cosby, and one who is so famous she goes by just one name: Cher.