I'm very sad to hear of Roger Ebert's passing today. My heart goes out to his incredible wife Chas, whom I had the pleasure of meeting several times along with her well-known husband. She is an Angel on earth and God has her beloved husband in His care now.
Not sure if she will see this but I must give credit where credit is due. This woman not only was forever and always by his side, she was his cheerleader, protector, and an exquisite keeper of his soul. I have never witnessed such respect and love between two people. What a gift they shared having each other all these years. And Roger's legacy is huge. He would give the best talks down @Rancho La Puerta and I made sure I took July 4th week off as many years as I could to go hear him. He had a way of seeing and understanding people that was indeed unique, making him the all-time best movie critic in my book. Speaking of books, he wrote many and I use them as my guide to movie watching. I like recent films, but its the classics I really enjoy because they take on a new elegant significance each time you watch them depending on whom you're with and where you are in your life. The movie viewer is essentially part of any cast because its the viewer that fits all the nuances, characters and clues together to form the story. And if the viewer was "left out", the movie didn't resonate and probably got "two thumbs down."
Roger was a great judge of character yet led his life without judgement of people. He accepted people, loved people, and could tell stories like no one I have ever known. The human experience on a wide scale fascinated him and his ability to communicate with his audience was unmatched. Everyone who had the privilege of hearing him speak left a better person because of it. His ability to recognize genius in others drew him to the film industry. He knew the power of cinema to transport, comfort, inform and influence massive amounts of people. Extremely intelligent and engaging, he would capture the attention of whomever was in earshot with his endless recollection
of movie facts and trivia.
To Chas, dear heart, I hope all the precious memories of the times you shared together will provide some softness in the hard days to come. Roger was lucky to have you and one could see his love for you in his eyes. Roger most certainly fought the good fight, has finished his race here on earth and is now surrounded by the Glory of God. May God's Peace fill your heart now and forever. You deserve the best of everything. — with Roger Ebert in Chicago, IL.
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