By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer
(Editor’s note: Given the sentencing of comedian Bill Cosby today for sex crimes, I thought it was worth reposting my column from Nov. 25, 2014.)
After an appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre just west of Denver in the 70s, our group laughed all the way home over stories Bill Cosby told of his experiences growing up and of his buddies, notably “Fat Albert.” Cosby was becoming one of the most popular comics at the time.
Later, he was due for an appearance in Laramie at the University of Wyoming, but was stranded at the Denver airport because of a blizzard. A university official asked me if I were willing to drive to Denver and pick Cosby up. I jumped at the opportunity not only to meet the star but to interview him as well for my radio program. As my car crept slowly on a snowy I-25 I formulated the questions.
When I arrived in Denver, I was told the Colorado Highway Patrol was on its way to the Wyoming state line with Cosby, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol would take him from there to Laramie.
Scratch the exclusive interview.
I became even more of a fan when Cosby starred with Robert Culp in “I Spy,” which was followed by the mega-popular “The Cosby Show” about an upper middle-class family in Brooklyn.
Later came “Fat Albert,” the movie. The plot surrounds Fat Albert and the gang leaving the cartoon world and entering the real world in order to help a teenage girl.
Cosby has not been helping women. At least a dozen allegations of sexual assault against him have now surfaced, and a former NBC producer says he paid off alleged victims of Cosby to buy their silence.
Where there’s fire, there’s a bombshell.
That bombshell has blown Cosby’s image to hell.
By the way, he made a tradition of “borrowing” university football jerseys to wear at campus appearances he made in the 70s. He walked off with the Wyoming jersey, and I later wrote a story he stole all the jerseys he wore at those appearances.
Mr. Huxtable, you not only stole football jerseys, your thievery, according to women who say they are your victims, has stolen their dignity and souls.
And your former fans’ trust and adoration.