My Almost Interview With Bill Cosby, who stole my shirt

Cosby made a tradition of “borrowing” university football jerseys to wear at campus appearances he made.

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

In the 70s, Bill Cosby was becoming one of the most popular comics. He was building a fan base not only from TV shows, but by taking his own show to college campuses, including to mine at the University of Wyoming.

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 wound around Fat Albert and his gang leaving the cartoon world and entering the real world i to help a teenage girl.

Cosby has not been helping women.

Now 83, he will be heading back to court on December 1 when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to appeal his conviction on felony sex assault charges.

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The comedian made a tradition of “borrowing” university football jerseys to wear at campus appearances he made.

Cosby was due in Laramie for an appearance at the University of Wyoming, but a blizzard had stranded him at the Denver airport. 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 interview 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.

The show must go on

The comedian made a tradition of “borrowing” university football jerseys to wear at campus appearances he made. He walked off with the Wyoming jersey, and I later wrote a story how he stole all the jerseys he wore at those college 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.

As well as the trust and adoration of your now former fans.

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