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Plus: chasing, and catching, Cosby

We’ve all heard that old droner attributed to Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yet remembering the past has seldom proven a surefire preventative for not fouling up all over again, otherwise Wile E. Coyote wouldn’t keep smacking into a tunnel painted on the side of the hill. No, comedian Peter Cook was probably closer to the mark when, asked in a “Pete and Dud” sketch by partner Dudley Moore,

“Would you say you’ve learned from your mistakes?,” he answered confidently, “Oh, certainly, certainly. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly.”

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