Bill Cosby started as a comedian and quickly became a groundbreaker.
The list of the 75-year-old's endeavors is long. He's a staple of successful TV series, including the cartoon series 'Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, ' which ran 1972-1985, and 'I Spy, ' the mid-1960s buddy show for which he won three Emmy Awards and was the first black in a leading role in a TV drama. And, of course, there's 'The Cosby Show, ' a hugely successful sitcom that ran 1984-1992. It was one of the first times a middle-class black family was depicted on TV. From that show, he produced the spin-off TV series 'A Different World ' in 1987 as a way to promote minorities in a more positive light.
Stand-up comedy is Cosby's bread and butter, and his deadpan storytelling style marks more than 20 comedy albums and earned him five Grammy Awards. He'll perform Friday at the Pikes Peak Center.
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Having a baby: I looked at it, and they started to clean it off, and it wasn't getting any better. I turned to my wife. I kissed her ever so gently on the lips and said, 'Honey, I love you, very much. You just had a lizard. '
Parenting: My father established our relationship when I was 7 years old. He looked at me and said, 'You know, I brought you in this world, and I can take you out. And it don't make no difference to me; I'll make another one look just like you. '
Women: Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice.
Marriage: Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: The wife is in charge.
The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods.
Childhood: And because of my father, between the ages 7 through 15, I thought my name was 'Jesus Christ. ' He'd say, 'Jesus Christ! ' And my brother, Russell, thought his name was 'Dammit. ' 'Dammit, will you stop all that noise?! And Jesus Christ, sit down! ' So one day I'm out playing in the rain. My father said, 'Dammit, will you get in here?! ' I said, 'Dad, I'm Jesus Christ! '
Family: As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: She gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by 'survival of the fittest. '
Career: I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Food: I am proud to be an American. Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.
Aging: When you become senile, you won't know it.
Race: It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as it is white is not all that's beautiful.
Jennifer Mulson may be reached at 636-0270.