I felt, as many did, that I lost a friend when Roger Ebert died yesterday. I remember watching his show growing up, enjoying the sparring between Gene Siskel and Roger. How many of us made our movie viewing decisions based on their thumbs?
I also read Roger’s blog pretty regularly. And I was sad when he said just the other day that he was going to take a “leave of presence” while he fought back cancer once again. He wrote about a lot of things, not always movies. In fact not a whole lot about movies. He was always interesting, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny. He wrote as if we were all his friends. I hope we were.
I like to think that perhaps he and Gene are catching up now, perhaps working on a new project together. And if heaven is perfect and different for everyone, then I’m sure there’s a movie theater there. I hope they get to see all the first run movies together — and before any of us.
I’ll miss him as will many of you. But weren’t we lucky to have known him at all.