A Short Note on the Passing of My Hero and Inspiration, Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013)

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I’m sure there will be a bevy, a multitude, an avalanche of more eloquent remembrances of Roger Ebert than mine, so I will keep it short and sweet.

Without him, I would have never started this blog in the first place. At 13, I would have never started writing reviews. At 8, I would have never started to talk about film incessantly. He is my hero and my inspiration, and one of the biggest reasons why I love film and why I ever wanted to delve into its history and analyze its nuances, magic, majesty, and sometimes its follies.

I may not have always agreed with him, or even liked some of his reviews, but I always, always admired his passion and integrity. Losing him, even though I’ve never met him or even made contact with him, is like losing the person who got you into the thing you love and are intensely passionate about.

As Chris Jones titled his beautiful profile of Ebert, he will always be The Essential Man.

Goodbye, Mr. Ebert, and thank you.

P.S. I also want to thank everyone who reads this blog or has ever read my writing. It means the world to me. Thank you to all the film enthusiasts, bloggers, critics, buffs, etc. whom I talk to or have talked to, for you, like Ebert, have taught me a great deal about the movies, life, and writing and have made me a better critic and writer (and sometimes person). Thank you all, so much.

2 thoughts on “A Short Note on the Passing of My Hero and Inspiration, Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013)

    Stephanie said:
    April 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Wonderful post! Ebert was a great inspiration to many of us — he was a brilliant writer whose genuine love for and enjoyment of movies always shone through.

      rots28 responded:
      April 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you very much. He will be missed, but his words, and the movies, live on.

      But, I disagree that the balcony is closed forever; I think our appreciation and remembrance of him will always leave it open for those who were inspired by Ebert.

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