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Roger Ebert's Birthday 2017: Table of Contents

SUNDAY, June 18, 2017, WOULD HAVE BEEN ROGER'S 75th BIRTHDAY. So we decided to commemorate it this week with a combination of articles that he wrote himself, like his interview of Paul McCartney in 1984, whose birthday is the same day and same year, June 18, 1942. We compiled other articles in this brief Table of Contents, including Roger's article explaining how he understood his Catholic religion at a certain point in his life; as well as his philosophical article "How I Believe in God," one that I constantly read and re-read. I also chose an article that I find infinitely fascinating about the Frenchman who didn't sleep. That article, for me, summarizes Roger's curiosity and ability to discover eccentric and very interesting people. That is one reason he was never bored or boring. 

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Brian Tallerico chose Roger's anti-gun column, "Body Count," which he wrote in 2012 right after the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado, because it is as relevant today after last week's tragic shootings in Washington, D.C. Matt Zoller Seitz chose an article about the errors of political prayers. And on a lighter note, Nick Allen chose a collection of Roger's Pixar reviews as a comparison with "Cars 3" which opened last Friday. 

And to cap it all off, I am including a video of the Google Hangout we had for Roger's birthday in 2014, including a cake and a discussion with Werner Herzog, Steve James, John Singleton, Alan Polsky, Anne Thompson, Matt Zoller Seitz, Josh Golden, Sam Fragoso, Ali Arikan, and Kartina Richardson. Oh what a day that was!

ARTICLES BY ROGER

Paul McCartney: Give My Regards to Broad Street

How I Believe in God

How I Am a Roman Catholic

The Man Who Didn’t Sleep

The Body Count

The Error of Political Prayer

ARTICLES ABOUT ROGER

Celebrating Roger’s Birthday on Google Hangout

A Collection of Roger’s Pixar Reviews


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