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Imagine my surprise Saturday night when I stepped off the Amtrak train from Boston to New York in Penn Station. There, standing nose to nose with me on the platform was a familiar face: none other than the legendary Bill Cosby. That’s right, 10:30pm, and Bill Cosby is standing there with a female porter and a helper from the station, ready to get in the business class car. “What are you doing here?” I asked him. The Cos replied: “I just did a show in Queens. Now I’m going to Philadelphia.” He said the porter was his daughter, and she was going to graduate college soon. The woman blushed.

People were backing up around us, making it hard to exit the train for the up escalator. Cosby got on the train by himself. He has a show in Philly Sunday night, then embarks on a fairly tiring tour. But he leaves no carbon footprint. He could have had a driver take him home to Philly. Or he could have flown from La Guardia. I did not tell him the train car was freezing, or the WiFi was very disappointing. By now, he knows all this. But sure nice to run into a nice guy after two days in windy, frigid but sunny Beantown.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. Bill Cosby is a Great American! He has been making people laugh for decades with real humor, not cheap shock effect jokes. And for his comments on American society, I think he calls’em like he sees’em. Some people don’t like that but they can NOT truthfully say he is wrong.

    As for the “no carbon footprint” part of this article, did Mr. Cosby tell you that was why he took the train? Maybe he did take the train because it has a smaller carbon footprint than a private jet or some other form of transportation. However I’m sure Mr. Cosby knows that even trains have a carbon footprint and I seriously doubt he would have made the “No carbon footprint” statement.

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