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Roger Ebert says he has cancer again, taking 'leave of presence'
Roger Ebert will be writing fewer of his famed movie reviews because a recurrence of cancer, but the movie critic promises his illness will give him other topics to write about.
The Pulitzer Prize winner announced on his blog that he is undergoing radiation treatment for cancer that was discovered after he fractured his hip last year. He can't attend as many movie screenings, he said, so he will scale back.
He's calling it a "leave of presence."
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/04/03/roger-ebert-says-has-cancer-again-taking-leave-presence/#ixzz2PSigCc4T
I was horrified to see the above photo. I still had the images of his Siskel days embedded in my mind's eye. I wish him the best and appreciate his spirit for carrying on as he has for the past years.
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I watched Siskel and Ebert from the days of PBS. It was just a short weekly show that kept me up to date on new movies. They were criticized for dumbing down movie criticism and the up-down thumbs being too simplistic. But it worked for me- a quick review, get some idea whether it was of interest to me. So I watched the man weekly for years. It was quite bad to see Siskel slurring his words and then brain cancer took him. Then Ebert had his serious cancer, lost his voice and his ability to eat, but still kept doing movie reviews and keeping a good attitude, in public at least. Just last night, the news was the cancer had returned- it is progressive, but one never knows how many months or years there are. Just one day, as it turned out. I'll miss his presence on the TV and in print.
This news has affected me to a surprising degree. I very much enjoy debating over anything that I feel strongly about and knowledgeable of, and that's exactly what I loved about him. The actual film in question was almost irrelevant, it was how he first presented, then defended his opinion of it that was so important and enjoyable whether I felt the same or not. I had to fight my eyes after reading this today:
I've used to love Siskel and Ebert's show.
His enthusiasm is inspiring.
nothing is more boring than the truth - bukowski
Clearly, they removed a few pounds of flesh from his throat... wish him best in his fight!
Why this horrible disease? Why can't people simply go to sleep and never wake up?
Stupidity is NOT a victimless crime.
Sorry, don't mean to hijack the thread.
You would have to show me that technique.
Seriously... we need people like him. Recently, IIRC, some state allowed doctor-assisted suicide.
Problem is, many patients lose the ability to do anything suddenly, before they can do anything.
control enough of his motor skills to take a pill or squeeze a trigger, though.
Mainly, I think it's a lack of fortitude. I don't mean to criticize, it's a tough thing to do, to decide to end one's life.
I only hope that I have the ability, should it come to that.
Perhaps I've irritated enough inmates so that it's a moot point!
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