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Roger Ebert, RIP

Roger Ebert

 

Through the years, I’d heard from colleagues in the movie business that Ebert was a generous guy and a tireless champion of independent film. But it wasn’t until I started reading his pithy reflections on culture, politics and the fragility of life, along with 800,000 other Twitter followers, that I got a sense of his grace. When I heard the news of his passing today, I literally gasped out loud, as if a good friend had died. I’d never met the man, but I feel like I’m a better person for his having walked the earth. And BTW, I totally agree with his sentiment expressed above.

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9 comments for “Roger Ebert, RIP”

  1. Bobbi says:

    We will truly miss him. What wit he had and always “on point” with his review. Nother Great One gone.

  2. Beth says:

    Great quote- reposted this on thebitterbabe.wordpress.com.

    I also posted about Ebert and his thoughts on childlessness:

    http://thebitterbabe.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/mind2mind/

  3. Bobbi says:

    We shall certainly miss him. What wit and he was always “on point”

    • wendy says:

      These last few years when he could no longer eat or talk, his communications were more prolific and on point than ever.

  4. Paulette says:

    Wendy, I agree with that quote too and shared it with my divorce support group. Sadly that was very very true in my marriage. (Though toward the end, movies were only a fraction of the things my ex and I disagreed on.)

    • wendy says:

      I love that quote.

      • Melinda says:

        If you’re interested, check out his interview on CBC’s “q” with Jian Ghomeshi. He was using his computer to answer questions, but the interview is so compelling, honest, and interesting. Jian also had a great intro to his show last week, a tribute to Roger Ebert that made me cry in my car (I was having a smoke break). You’ll love it.

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