27 August 2009

Cosby picks up Philips story

Bill Cosby is interested in turning the story of Lanier Philips into a film.

Philips was a black seaman on one of two US Navy ships wrecked in 1942 on the way to the naval base at Argentia Newfoundland. Philips has told the story of being rescued, expecting to be met with racism. Instead he was met with humanity and kindness that profoundly changed his life.

Philips tells part of the latest twist in the story in a CBC radio podcast with David Cochrane. An interview with Bill Cosby will turn up later today.

Cosby was a hospital corpsman at Argentia in the 1950s.

Update: The CBC online story.