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.
April 13, 1994 |
Bill Cosby, the internationally known comedian and patron saint of the Penn Relays, will discontinue his financial contribution to the track meet this month, after its 100th running at Franklin Field. Cosby said he would use the money for another purpose but would continue to help the Relays as a low-profile fund-raiser. "Each year, Mrs. Cosby and I go over each organization we give to," Cosby said yesterday in a telephone interview, "and at this particular time, we felt that out of the money we give, we would set aside this amount for a monitoring (tutorial)
June 14, 2005 |
One witness lives in a small New Mexico town and wants to protect her 87-year-old father and 82-year-old mother from the limelight. Another is from Spring Hill, Fla., has bipolar disorder, and worries that stress would worsen her illness. A third fears she will lose her job at a Las Vegas casino because of a crush of publicity over the Bill Cosby case. Ten women who want to testify in a former Temple University employee's sexual-assault lawsuit against the comedian laid out their reasons yesterday in federal court for seeking anonymity.