When Bill Cosby arrived at UMass in the early 1970s, he was a blossoming comedic and television star, with his established show “I Spy” and “The Electric Company” about to sweep the country. He received his master’s in education in 1972 and his doctorate in 1976. His 142-page thesis was titled “An Integration of the Visual Media via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning.” Today, he lives in Western Massachusetts. And if you think he’s done talking and teaching 40 years later, you don’t know The Cos.
“After I finished a performance at The Cage, the dean approached me and said the dean of the School of Education would like to talk to you.”