Roger Ebert : June 18, 1942 - April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert passed away yesterday.

He had such a prominent presence online, on Twitter (my social medium of choice), Facebook and his blog. Here are some of the tweets that came across my feed yesterday afternoon. It's fascinating to see how widespread is the love for Roger Ebert.

Ebert's last tweet, linking to his last blog post for the Chicago Sun Times, posted 2 days before he passed away and 46 years after being named the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times:

Roger Ebert ‏@ebertchicago 2 Apr

My Leave of Presence: An update http://j.mp/YRRHq8

"So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."

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The official announcement of his passing:

Suntimes ‏@Suntimes 4 Apr

It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away

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More, in no particular order:

The Associated Press ‏@AP

VIDEO: Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies http://apne.ws/14RhmmW -CC

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Steve Martin ‏@SteveMartinToGo

Goodbye Roger Ebert, we had fun. The balcony is closed.

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Suntimes ‏@Suntimes

A wonderful essay Roger wrote for @Salon in 2011 - "I Do Not Fear Death" : http://www.salon.com/2011/09/15/roger_ebert/

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Robert Denerstein ‏@bdeners

Ebert also wrote great interview pieces, and -- despite his TV fame -- remained a newspaper guy, a vanishing breed.

Robert Denerstein ‏@bdeners

To write as well as Ebert did -- for so long and so prolifically is a feat that may never happen again.

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Mental Floss ‏@mental_floss

10 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated — http://bit.ly/10zMh1f #RIP

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Filmspotting ‏@filmspotting

We were recently asked to comment on Siskel & Ebert's legacy. I noted two things I thought I learned...

1. You could defend any position; if you could, in fact, defend it.
2. Film criticism should be personal, subjective. Ebert will be missed.

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43KIX Denver ‏@43KIXDenver

We are shedding a tear and giving 2 thumbs up to #RogerEbert http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/04/04/roger-ebert-movie-critic-dies-at-70/?mod=djemalertNEWS

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Sasha Stone ‏@AwardsDaily

Wonderful collection of Ebert's great great New Yorker cartoon entries http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/cartoonists/2011/04/roger-ebert-wins-the-cartoon-caption-contest.html

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Eric Berlin ‏@ericberlinct

Siskel and Ebert are already arguing. [Love this! Can't you just see it?]

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Michele Norris ‏@michele_norris

If you're mourning the death of ‏@ebertchicago take a moment to listen lovely intvw @NPRmelissablock did in 2011 http://www.npr.org/2011/09/13/140437328/ebert-a-life-still-being-lived-and-fully

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Peter Sagal ‏@petersagal

Here's one of the 2 times ‏@ebertchicago was on @Waitwait, with @richardroeper. http://www.npr.org/programs/waitwait/archrndwn/2003/jan/030104.waitwait.html

Peter Sagal ‏@petersagal

One last note: to be a good critic, you have to know your art-form. To be a great one, you have to love it. RIP, Roger.

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And finally, this from the Chicago Sun-Times:
Suntimes ‏@Suntimes

There is a hole that can't be filled. One of the greats has left us. Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70. http://suntm.es/Z4EIOF

“No good film is too long,” he [Ebert] once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

“‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs,” he wrote, at the end of his memoirs. “No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

We're glad you lived long enough, too, Roger. You will be missed.

Comments

What a moving tribute to Ebert's legacy. Thank you for compiling these tweets and sharing your thoughts.

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