It's been a sad couple days for film fans, as the world has lost someone very special. The incredible Roger Ebert passed away yesterday at the young age of 70. Ebert impacted so many lives with his enthusiasm, passion and knowledge for the movies, and his presence will be sorely missed.
Ebert was no ordinary critic but perhaps the most famous and influential critic of our time. He was the first to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1975. His fervor and contributions did not end there, as he was also a screenwriter and a teacher, sharing his contagious love for the movies with his students.
In 2002, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Instead of hiding in the shadows through his suffering, he continued to have a strong presence in the community. Even when he was unable to speak due to complications with surgery, he continued to write and publish up until his death.
For me personally, I was greatly saddened by the loss of such a wonderful soul, who greatly impacted my own career. I grew up watching Siskel and Ebert "At the Movies" with my amazing parents and wide eyes, as I took in each word. Their intense passion and enthusiasm for talking and debating about movies, ignited my own fire to want to to do the same.
Ebert had a zest for life and such an eloquent way of explaining his feelings towards film, that you couldn't help but smile when he spoke, as you humbly absorbed his wisdom.
While I never knew him personally, I will greatly miss his presence in this community and his inspiring legacy will live on. Giving you an enthusiastic thumbs up, Ebert. Save me a seat at the movies.
R.I.P. Roger Ebert 1942-2013
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