Roger Ebert, film lover, passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. This news was shared all over the internet with people remembering his impact on their lives. I started watching Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s first show, Sneak Previews, on PBS and over the years I loved their dialogue and interaction even more than hearing the final thumbs up or thumbs down verdicts. A while ago I watched a TED video of Roger Ebert about losing the use of his voice and how he had a computerized voice created from the years of footage of his TV shows. His humour and positive attitude touched me deeply.
He had, as most of us do, taken for granted the ability to speak and easily communicate verbally with others. He remained active and prolific up to the very end and talked about all the projects that he was working on and looking forward to on his blog. It truly makes me appreciate the platforms that social networks provide us to speak our minds, share those thoughts and have people around the world respond to them.
Appreciate your voice and all the forms it takes.
- Gene Siskel’s Daughter Pays Tribute To Roger Ebert (celebuzz.com)
- The Balcony Is Closed: Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert and My Love Affair with Them and the Movies (wtpdiaries.wordpress.com)
- A Fond Farewell To The Great Roger Ebert (reelgood.co.uk)
- R.I.P Roger Ebert; Legendary Film Critic, Historian, and Author Passes Away at Age 70 (collider.com)
- Film critic Roger Ebert’s death mourned, life celebrated (utsandiego.com)