Fast-forward to the nineties and my first years teaching here in Memphis. At that time in a self-contained classroom we taught all subjects – including religion, as we are a parochial school. Sixth grade religion curriculum is the Old Testament and on went the light bulb. Dragged out the albums again for a new generation of listeners, and found an old record player in the library with a still working needle. (Anybody?) The kids laid on the floor and found the record going around as fascinating as the comedy. Even though we are now departmentalized and I teach only literature, imagine my excitement when I found a selection in our literature book from Bill Cosby. So, I still get a chance to introduce my favorite comedian to another generation.
Probably one of the finest moments in my teaching career was when an autistic child who heard “Noah” performed, chuckled out-loud and kept repeating the punch line..."Riiighhhhttt!" He later asked he parents to purchase the CD’s (y’all know what those are) and memorized the routine. He did it word for word with a perfect mimic and went on to be a starring member of our Middle School competition Forensic, Public Speaking and Drama team.
Thanks, Mr. Cosby for all your contributions to entertainment and education.