‘Cosby Show’ reruns show need for better TV offerings
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,W wDVn’W OonJ EeIore , IounG PyVeOI, DOonJ wLWh a couple of my brothers, worNLnJ Ln hLV oIfiFe, SreSSLnJ SDWLenWV DnG hDnGOLnJ correspondence duties. And in the process, I learned about crucial health issues DnG DDG’V OeJenGDry GeGLcation, work ethic and busineVV DFuPen, GeVSLWe EeLnJ rDLVeG Ey D VLnJOe PoWher whose father died before reDFhLnJ DJe 40 IoOOowLnJ yeDrV oI VWreeW-OLIe DnG even some imprisonment.
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Perhaps, today, with the SroPLnenFe oI APerLFD’V firVW EODFN SreVLGenW, BDrDFN 2EDPD DnG firVW ODGy MLchelle Obama with their children, Malia and Sasha, OLvLnJ Ln Whe :hLWe HouVe DnG eVVenWLDOOy VervLnJ DV Whe worOG’V Sre-ePLnenW DnG PoVW SowerIuO IDPLOy, HoOOywooG WySeV wLOO finDOOy reexDPLne Whe very VuFFeVVIuO WePSODWe oI “7he CoVEy 6how.”
Don “Ogbewii” Scott, a Melrose Park resident, can be reached at dscott9703@ aol.com.
A Place in History Donald Scott