Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were rival movie critics hailing from Chicago. Their show Siskel and Ebert and the Movies, was something I never missed as far back as memory serves because their criticism of movies while at times cantankerous, was also balanced and constructive. Even Ebert's infamous review of the box office stinker "North" was entertaining enough to overlook the imbalance of his rant about the movie. They appeared together on a cartoon that I used to watch called The Critic where they played up the angle and rumors that they were in a non-platonic relationship to the hilt and the resulting episode was hysterically funny.
Siskel died in 1999. He was 53. Ebert continued his movie reviews for both the Chicago Sun-Times and the TV show, this time joined by various other reviewers including Harry Knowles and eventually staying with Richard Roper as his full time co-host. I continued watching because Ebert's passion for film permeated every discussion. Even when he lost his ability to speak in 2006, I enjoyed reading his very entertaining blog. His voice could (and can) still be heard in his writings and we as a geek community should be so lucky to know that one of the biggest film geeks of all was such an esteemed film critic.
In his final blog, Ebert closed with this...
"On this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."
Thank you Roger. 1942-2013