The creative work of men like Roman Polanski, Harvey Weinstein, and Bill Cosby is forever tainted by the sexual crimes they are accused of, and in the case of Bill Cosby, convicted of and serving time for. Lake Effect Essayist Tom Matthews says he’s torn, and shares his essay, "The Funny Thing About Bill Cosby."
My father died a Bill Cosby fan.
It was March 1971, and I was 10. My dad, a doctor in a small Wisconsin town, left home after breakfast one school day and was gone by lunch. A heart attack at 40 years old. No warning, no lingering. Just gone.