Telephone for bird! was Cosmo’s first joke. Before she could talk, when the phone would ring, I would shout Telephone! for her benefit and then pick up the receiver. After Cosmo found out that I was BJean, she would joyfully announce Telephone for BJean at the top of her little lungs when the phone would ring or when shed mimic the phones ring—Rrrring!
– Excerpted from Betty Jean Craige, Conversations with Cosmo, due out in print April 20, 2010. (Amazon.com)