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The one and only Bill Cosby

It was afternoon TV for homemakers, but Take 30 assumed women's interests went beyond recipes and child rearing. The program aired from 1962 to 1984, but may be best remembered for its late '60s/early '70s era with hosts Adrienne Clarkson and Paul Soles. The CBC Digital Archives has over 60 clips from Take 30, plus 12 complete shows from 1964 to 1971 with celebrity interviews and topics including teen sex, censorship, pornography and the back-to-the-land movement.

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When the crowds didn't flock to comedian Bill Cosby's first Toronto appearance, it was because Harry Belafonte was also in town. Or the hockey team was playing. Then there was that taxi strike.... Six years later, in 1969, Cosby's star has risen meteorically and he's playing nine sold-out shows at Toronto's O'Keefe Centre. But he's not too famous to stop by Take 30 for another chat with host Paul Soles. In this episode, Cosby describes the pitfalls of sudden fame and professes a love for Air Canada. 
• Cosby narrated a 1968 documentary called Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed, describing achievements made by African-Americans in science, the military and other aspects of American culture.

• Besides his long career in television (Fat Albert and The Cosby Show were two of his best-known efforts), Bill Cosby has also starred in several films and written numerous best-selling books. In 2008 he branched into the music business and was the driving force behind a rap album called A State of Emergency, featuring non-sexist, non-violent lyrics. Cosby himself does not appear on the album, but its performers go by the name "The Cosnarati." 

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: April 22, 1969
Guest(s): Bill Cosby
Host: Paul Soles
Duration: 26:12

Last updated: March 20, 2012

Page consulted on June 20, 2014

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