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Roger and I go way back

From Randy in Eugene, OR:

Just posted this on the Yahoo News Message board:

I am very sorry to read that Roger is ill. I was just checking email when I ran across the story.

I have watched and enjoyed his movie reviews literally for decades. While not always agreeing with him, I respected the expertise and passion with which he defended his opinions.

I'm formerly from the Midwest and actually attended the University of Illinois (Urbana) while he was there. I just checked his Wikipedia bio and discovered he was BORN in Urbana! (Who knew?)

He was a graduating senior at that time and had already made a name for himself on campus working at the Daily Illini. I was a lowly freshman back then and
I believe that in one of those Letterman-style "brushes with greatness" I was once accidentally in the same room with him. I actually saw and recognized him! Later, when he became much more famous, I would think "There's that guy I went to college with!" (more or less).

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, When I'm sixty-four?"

Yes, Roger, we do...

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

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