What Roger Ebert meant to me and a lot more people

Roger Ebert was a lifeline.

Whether you were just a kid who loved movies or, like me, a film school graduate stuck in a part of the country where few people, if any, could discuss the medium the way you needed to, Ebert and Gene Siskel’s appearance on PBS’ “Sneak Previews” in the late 1970s was a weekly half hour of soul saving.

The news of Ebert’s death at 70 Thursday after a long, inspiring battle with cancer triggered thousands of appreciations from people he taught to love movies, generations of film critics he mentored, and Hollywood figures he both praised and disparaged. However they personally interpret it, I think everybody can agree that the fundamental thing Ebert and Siskel did was to show everybody that thinking about movies was the best way to watch them, and that

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