WRITTEN BY: BILL BOWSER
Today I saw a news item about Bill Cosby being moved to the general population area of the Pennsylvania prison where he is being incarcerated for sexual misconduct, and I was reminded how I used to admire Mr. Cosby.
I first became aware of him when he starred with Robert Culp in the TV show “I Spy” which was broadcast from 1965 to 1968. And he was a very funny comedian who eschewed the raunchy material that many other comics included in their acts back then.
As time passed he starred in other TV programs, always appearing as a great family man and respected figure. Occasionally I would hear that he was quoted making political statements with which I agreed which further enhanced his reputation in my mind. For a long time he was the highest paid entertainer in the U. S. He was a noted philanthropist. To my mind he was a good guy.
Then a few accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced. I was skeptical. I didn’t want to believe that this man, who I had admired for so long, was a sexual predator. Then there were more accusations, and finally a trial, and conviction. My long-time hero had fallen due to his own misconduct. How could anyone drug women and then sexually assault them while they’re incapacitated?
I had really misjudged the man. Another portion of my belief in the basic goodness of people disintegrated. It is a great disappointment to discover that you’ve been deceived. People are not always who they appear to be.
(Part Two of “People aren’t always who they seem to be” by Bill Bowser, will be posted this afternoon at 3:00, as always, it promises much reading enjoyment!)