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May 23, 2014

Bill Cosby proves he's 'Far From Finished'

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Far from it.

[Press play to hear Bill Cosby talk about his encounter with a younger fan]

Cosby has captivated generations with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books, including "Fatherhood," "Time Flies" and his current bestseller, "I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, (But I’m Glad I Was.)"

He broke television’s racial barrier with "I Spy," becoming the first African-American to co-star on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon "Fat Albert" and the "Cosby Kids," which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004.

The former U.S. Navy serviceman has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award. Among his many awards for his stand-up comedy albums are five Grammy Awards, eight Gold and five Platinum records.

Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is "The Cosby Show," an iconic show about a close-knit, upper-class black family. Those who grew up with the albums and television shows have now introduced it to their own children, securing the Bill Cosby legacy for another generation.

When asked to identify just one thing he'd like to do that he hasn't done yet, Cosby answered without hesitation.

"I would like to have permission, and the money, to put my ideas of today's 'Fat Albert' on TV, and I would like also to put up a full two years' worth of new 'Little Bill' shows," he said. "I want to produce new ones, and I want a network or somebody to give me the money to do them because I have so many wonderful ways to put that back on. I hear so many people tell me 'My 11-year-old is watching 'Fat Albert.'' So yeah, we need to make some new ones."

Tickets for the Ottumwa "Far From Finished Tour" show can be purchased at the Bridge View Center Box Office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.

— Follow reporter Laura Carrell on Twitter @CourierLauraC

 

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