Thumbs Up for Roger Ebert

Thumbs Up for Roger Ebert!

After surgery for cancer of the salivary gland that removed part of his jaw, operations to replace his mandible, and complications from unanticipated bleeding, film critic Roger Ebert “ain’t a pretty boy no more”:

I have been very sick, am getting better and this is how it looks. I still have my brain and my typing fingers.

Although months in bed after the bleeding episodes caused a lack of strength and coordination, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago restored my ability to walk on my own, climb stairs, etc.

I no longer use a walker much and the wheelchair is more for occasional speed and comfort than need. Just today we went for a long stroll in Lincoln Park.

We spend too much time hiding illness. There is an assumption that I must always look the same. I hope to look better than I look now. But I’m not going to miss my festival.

Damn straight. Keep thinking, writing, loving the movies, and helping us to do the same.

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Dave Schuler
About Dave Schuler
Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.


  1. Swan says:

    I hope he gets better.

    OT Here’s something from my blog

  2. He’s a fighter. Good. Finding good movies wouldn’t be the same without him.

  3. Steph says:

    I’ve known Roger for a long time. I interned with Siskel and Ebert in college. He’s a really really nice guy.

    I get christmas and birthday cards from him every year and while he missed my wedding because he was involved in a festival he sent a beautiful card and present.