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Bill Cosby William Henry Cosby Jr was born at 300 AM on July 12 1937 in North Philadelphias Germantown Hospital Herbert and Hill 21 Bills parents William and Anna Pearl Cosby were childhood sweethearts They migrated north during the depression for a better life Bill had three younger brothers James Russel and Robert James died when Bill was eight years old Herbert and Hill 21 During Bills childhood his family was typically lower class Money was never plentiful in the Cosby household However a roof was always over their heads food on the table and a warm place to sleep Herbert and Hill 22 Since welding jobs were scarce Bills father had a hard time trying to find work Before long he sought refuge in the bottle As his drinking became more chronic the senior Cosby would wander off for days and weeks at a time Bill said He would leave home many times He would leave when the rent was due or come home penniless on payday swearing to my mother that he had been robbed and leave again Once he vanished just before Christmas and we didnt have a cent Herbert and Hill 2223 The family eventually had to move to where the rent was lower They ended up being crammed into a tiny two-bedroom apartment in the Richard Allen Homes a low-income project in the poor black section of Philadelphia Concord 12 After the tough times of Cosbys childhood he decided to get a job at the age of eleven Cosbys job was a clerk at a local grocery store He worked from 6 am to 6 pm during the week and 6 am to 9 pm on Saturdays for only 800 a week Herbert and Hill 2425 During Christmas the Cosby boys would celebrate Christmas by sitting at the kitchen table without their mother who had to spend the holidays working Cosby remembers We didnt have enough socks
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