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Bill Cosby was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on July 12 1937 He was the oldest of four boys He had three brothers and their names were James Russell and Robert His father ran away near Christmas time when he was very young and he had to get a job to help support the family In school he was the class clown and was sent to a special school for rowdy boys In his new school his teacher was Mary Forchic She saw that he was a great comedian and she put that into her lessons to make them more understandable for Bill She made the lessons fun for him and made it easier to learn He said that she made him what he is today After a couple years he went back to his old school and even though his grades were dropping he still kept it together Bill was starting to look up to comedians on the radio and the TV They were comedians like Sam Levenson Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner Even though his grades were poor in junior high when he took the standardized tests he was accepted to Central High School which was a school for all the gifted children in Pennsylvania Now being six feet he was on the high school football team But in the first week of football he broke his arm Since there were few blacks in the school and he was slightly a target of biggotous remarks he went back to getting attention by clowning around in class again He was later sent to Germantown Highschool where all his neighborhood friends went He was back with his friends but his grades started to drop He was left back twice He was also too old to participate in the city track meets which he could easily win Bill dropped out of high school He went to be a shoemakers helper but the shoemaker didnt like it
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