Bill Cosby muses on life in latest book

Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:42am EST
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By Nick Olivari

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media icon Bill Cosby at 74 still looms larger than life over the American psyche.

Emerging from a Philadelphia housing project, ultimately success followed success as a comedian, actor, producer, author, educator, musician and activist.

Breaking U.S. television's racial barrier with "I Spy" as the first African American to costar on a television series in the 1960s, he won three consecutive Emmys. Later he enjoyed even more success as Cliff Huxtable on one of the defining TV sitcoms of the 1980s, "The Cosby Show".

In his book, "I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN (But I'm Glad I Was)," Cosby reveals more of the anecdotes and musings on the human condition that have made him a global name.

What is it to be normal, a husband, a father, a grandfather or just a man in today's America?

"The mind still clicks on things I think and see as interesting and funny and I write it," said Cosby.

Describing the voice mail hell known to everyone globally with a phone, Cosby writes the self evident truth. "You see, that's the problem with technology. You can have a conversation with a person who isn't a person. And be interviewed by a friend of yours who isn't there."

Commenting on the state of television advertising he recounts his wife's wisdom on erectile dysfunction commercials.   Continued...

<p>Comedian Bill Cosby performs during the 'A Celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps' fundraising concert in New York October 21, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>