The Almanac

Today is Monday, July 12, the 194th day of 2004 with 172 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2004 with 177 to follow.
By United Press International

Watercooler Stories

Saddam appears before special tribunal ... WW II massacre trial begins in Italy ... Report: Kerry within week of VP decision ... Cosby turns mirror on black American ... Watercooler stories from UPI.
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Cosby turns mirror on black American

CHICAGO, July 1 (UPI) -- Bill Cosby was unrepentant about remarks he made criticizing some low-income African-Americans for squandering the gains of the civil rights movement.

Politically incorrect Cosby shocks crowd

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Bill Cosby shocked a Washington audience with politically incorrect comments at an event marking the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.

'Cosby' mom is best, poll says

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- "The Cosby Show's" Clare Huxtable, the witty, smart woman who kept five children and a husband in line, has been voted as U.S. TV's most popular mom.

Berklee to award degree to Bill Cosby

BOSTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Entertainer, educator and best-selling author Bill Cosby is also a composer and has written the scores of several of his U.S. television programs.

TV talk show pioneer Jack Paar dead at 85

GREENWICH, Conn., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Jack Paar, who brought sophisticated humor to late-night TV as the host of "The Tonight Show" nearly 50 years ago, has died following a long illness. He was 85.

A golden gala for first jazz festival

NEWPORT, R.I., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The 50th anniversary edition of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival this August will open with a star-studded black-tie all-star gala. Organizers said the Aug. 12 event at The Breakers, Newport's most opulent Gilded Age mansion, will honor many of the art

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2004 with 350 to go.
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Honoring a jazz legend

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Harlem Preservation Foundation will honor pianist and broadcaster Billy Taylor at its second annual Harlem Reunion Concert December 8 at Aaron Davis Hall.

Cosby returning to club spotlight

WEST ORANGE, N.J., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Entertainer Bill Cosby is scheduled to make his first club appearance as a stand-up comedian since the early 1970s next month at a New Jersey nightclub.

Musicians' emergency fund faces challenges

In Greek mythology, Atlas was the man condemned to carry the world on his back. To many aging jazz musicians, and some younger in age who find themselves in a b
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Analysis: 'Raymond,' 'Wing' take top Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Voters showed a distinct preference for the warm and fuzzy -- not to mention the tried and true -- as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The West Wing" and "Door to Do
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Sopranos, Monk take lead acting honors

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Darkhorse nominee Tony Shaloub bested a six-man field including veterans Ray Romano, Matt LeBlanc and Eric McCormick to win his first Emmy Sunday night.
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Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby, Camille Cosby and Ruby Dee arrive on the red carpet for the Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Gala at the Apollo Theater in New York City on June 8, 2009. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He later starred in his own series, the situation comedy The Bill Cosby Show. He was one of the major characters on the children's television series The Electric Company for its first two seasons, and created the educational cartoon comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby has also acted in a number of films.

During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in what is considered to be one of the decade's defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which aired eight seasons from 1984 to 1992. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. He also produced the spin-off sitcom A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings. He starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000 and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons.

He has been a sought-after spokesman, and has endorsed a number of products, including Jell-O, Kodak film, Ford, Texas Instruments, and Coca-Cola, including New Coke. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included him in his book, the 100 Greatest African Americans.

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