Roger Ebert's Journal: "My Name is Roger, and I'm an alcoholic"

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Aug 28, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    While he isn't gay, film critic Roger Ebert recently published an essay / journal entry on his experience in overcoming alcoholism with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is, as most of his essays are, well-written and takes on some of the reasons people have for resisting joining the A.A. and how the support of the people he met through the organization was necessary for his continued sobriety.

    "My Name is Roger, and I'm an alcoholic"
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    Aug 29, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    I have had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife, Chaz several times in the two years I have been in Chicago. He was not able to speak due to the surgical intervention that was part of his cancer treatment, but he always conveyed a level of sweetness and warmth that seemed in sharp contrast to his often times acerbic demeanor we've seen on tv. His wife is probably one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. From our limited interactions, they both seem like pretty outstanding people.
  • silverfox

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    Aug 29, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    I loved Roger. He was a very smart man and shrewd negotiator. When they "pushed" him out of "Ebert and Roeper" he had copyrighted the "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" and would not let them use it on the show. The show spiraled downhill after that. They pushed Roeper out as well. "At the movies", or whatever it is called now is a joke. They thought they could get by with putting anyone in their places...but they miscalculated.
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    Aug 29, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    There was only 1 Siskel and Ebert when I grew up... and it's never been the same since....
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    Aug 29, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    SILVERFOX1 - you speak of him in the past tense... he's still alive and writing columns for the Chicago Sun-Times...
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    Aug 29, 2009 1:37 PM GMT
    He is a wonderful man and a respectable writer. It is still great to see him when he comes down to Champaign once a year for Ebert fest.
  • art_smass

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    Aug 30, 2009 4:20 AM GMT
    A few years ago I had a book published by Andrews McMeel. In the spring catalogue they send out to bookstores, the ad for my book was preceded by a book by Roger Ebert and followed by a book by the Pope. When I saw where I was placed in the catalogue I thought "Wow, I've arrived!"

    I don't believe I've ever liked a critic in any medium as much as I like Roger Ebert. I had no idea about the booze. You learn something new every day.