Happy Birthday Roger, June 18th, 2020 (Table of Contents)


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Life Itself Clip“: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 

He used to tell me, ‘I waited just about all my life to find you, and I’m glad that I did, and I’m never going to let you go.’


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The One-Percenters“: Roger’s essay on economic inequality, published on April 9th, 2011, is timelier than ever. 

“Many of the rich have a conscience. Andrew Carnegie built libraries all over America. The Rockefeller and Ford Foundations do great good. Bill Gates lists his occupation as ‘philanthropist.’ Yet the most visible plutocrat in America is Donald Trump, a man who has made a fetish of his power. What kind of sick mind conceives of a television show built on suspense about which “contestant” he will ‘fire’ next? What sort of masochism builds his viewership? Sadly, I suspect it is based on viewers who identify with Trump, and envy his power over his victims. Don’t viewers understand they are the ones being fired in today’s America?”


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William Friedkin pays his respects to Roger Ebert“: A moving recitation of Dylan Thomas from the 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival on April 14th, 2013. 

“I’d like to quote a little verse for Roger Ebert, who was my friend. … ‘And death shall have no dominion. / Dead men naked they shall be one / With the man in the wind and the west / Though they ink through the sea they shall rise again / Though lovers be lost love shall not / And death shall have no dominion.’”


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The body count“: Roger’s impassioned response to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th, 2012. 

True, there is no way we can defend ourselves against insane shooters. But I suspect Australia, England, Germany and Canada have about the same percentage of crazy people that we do. It’s just that they can’t get their hands on firearms so easily. Nor do they sell assault rifles over the counter in those nations. You know what? The hell with it. I’m tired of repeating the obvious. I know with a dread certainty that I will change nobody’s mind. I will hear conspiracy theories from those who fear the government, I will hear about the need to raise a militia, and I will hear nothing about how 9,484 corpses in a year has helped anything. That is a high price to pay. What depresses me is that half of my fellow countrymen are prepared to pay it.

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This excerpted chapter from Roger’s memoir, Life Itself, details the deep and abiding love he had for his wife, RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert.

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This priceless video from The Official Roger Ebert YouTube page contains footage of Roger Ebert Day being proclaimed by Chicago Mayor Daley in 2005.