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A Couple of Cosby Memories

Like everybody else in 1984, I loved The Cosby Show. I’m not sure if I recognized Cosby as the same guy from Fat Albert and Picture Pages, but I knew he was some kind of funny and tuned into NBC every Thursday night. Today, I’ve largely forgotten what happened in the many half-hours I spent with the Huxtable family, but there are two that I still think about from time to time.

The first was the reference to some culinary delight known as “the bacon burger dog”. I don’t exactly know what a bacon burger dog is. I’ve spent several hours thinking about how those three delicious ingredients could be combined into one super-delicious offering, and I’ve come up with several options, but I don’t know which one the Huxtables settled on. I do know the bacon burger dog was mentioned on one episode (which I think had something to do with one of Theo’s girlfriends) I remember well. According to the video below, it was also mentioned on one I don’t.

The second was the infamous Gordon Gartrelle shirt. The plot of this episode was funny enough: Theo can’t afford a designer shirt, Denise tries to make one for him, and hilarity ensues. What I remember even more, though, is that I just happened to be scanning the credits after the end of the show (something I rarely did) and I saw that Gordon Gartrelle was a producer of the show. I understood that they had slid this real-life person’s name into the show as a joke, and I thought that super cool.

There are many other things I remember about The Cosby Show: Cockroach, Bud, the little fat kid, all the Jazz musicians. It really was a great show with a great legacy. These two, though, are my favorite memories. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my bacon burger dog. Hope I don’t get any on my new Gordon Gartrelle shirt.

4 thoughts on “A Couple of Cosby Memories

  1. Definitely one of the best ever made. They don’t make them like that anymore.

    I own the entire series on DVD and it is still better than nearly anything you can find on TV today.

    Did not know about the Gordon Gartrelle name connection. Thanks for sharing that because it makes it even funnier.

  2. Gordon Gartrel LOL..just the name makes me laugh. I remember this episode like it was yesterday. Shows and sitcoms like this are few and far between these. Why cant we see shows of this type air today. Big Bang is the closest thing to this style of sitcom.

  3. They used another name after Gordon Gartrelle to describe the “new look” of the shirt Denise made, something like Yamaguchi, but I haven’t been able to find that clip. I’m surprised someone isn’t making these and selling them. I’d buy one.

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