Bill Cosby is and will always be amongst the greatest comedians in history. I have long admired not only his exceptional wit, but also that he has maintained the highest standards of decency while the bulk of his trade has veered heavily towards the opposite. When other comics like Red Foxx and Richard Pryor were finding audiences through the appeal of more salacious humor, Dr. Cosby insisted by example that gutter comedy relies on lowest common denominator crutches which are of no use to those who possess true comic genius. Just take a look at the trash that passes for humor today (Def Comedy Jam, anyone?).
This is all a long way of saying that Dr. Cosby is a rare artist these days, and a role model for so many. Not content to rest on the laurels of his success in the entertainment industry, Mr. Cosby earned his Doctor of education degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. Since then he has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees from various institutions for his outstanding contributions to society. I cannot think of another entertainer as meritous as Dr. Cosby. He is amongst the creme de la creme of not only entertainers, but of inspirational public figures and role models.
I am quite pleased that Dr. Cosby has received yet another recognition. Having followed his fathers footsteps at an early age of adulthood, Cosby joined the United States Navy, wherein he served as an HM (Hospital Corpsman). It was here that he earned his high school equvilancy (i.e.; GED), having first recognized the importance of education...a passion that would guide him for a lifetime.
Now, Dr. Cosby has been recognized by the United States Navy as an honorary Chief Petty Officer, no small achievement. There are very, very few honorary Chiefs, and as a retired sailor, I can tell you that being a Chief is a station of high regard. Hell, we respect our Chiefs on the whole a helluva lot more than we do most Officers. So this is no small matter, and is high praise for Dr. Cosby.
I for one am proud to see this particular fellow Petty Officer receive such recongnition. It pleases me very much to see Mr. Cosby receive an even higher title that Doctor...that of Chief.
So, to HMC William H. Cosby: Bravo Zulu, Chief!!!