Bill Cosby is in the area a few days, promoting his controversial book Come On People which, depending on who you talk to (and what color they are), urges inner city African Americans to accept more responsibility for community crime and social disorder or merely perpetuates racial stereotypes. (?Stripped away," says AlterNet of the Coz book, ?it's the same stock claim that blacks can't read, write or speak coherent English, and are social and educational cripples and failures." But Fox & Friends liked it).
All of which is a flimsy way to bring up Cosby?s brief stint as a weatherman on Channel 11. This is back when 11 had a news show and Cosby was fulltime funny. Now KSTW and originally KTNT, the cost-cutting then-Paramount station ended its news segments in 1998 with a memorable sign-off show, anchored by Don Porter (now KING/5) and Christine Chen (later KCPQ/13 and now KCTS/9). They showed flashbacks including the on-air nosebleed of sports announcer Kenny Mayne (now an ESPN heavyweight), ran a partial clip of John Belushi from Animal House saying ?`Cause when the going gets tough . . ." that was completed by Porter: ?Paramount drops the big one!" and re-ran a classic moment during an interview when Cosby wandered onto the weather set with a cup of coffee and took over the camera:
?The high today in Spo-cane is, uh, 73, and then Puyallupman, it was 76, in Bellinghousen and up in the Olympics the water was there and so was the frogs, and Katchacootie Mountains up here" - he slaps his hand on the map behind him - "we're gonna have a lot of foam!" We need more weather like that.