Update on film critic Roger Ebert
In a letter to his fans, Roger wrote: "I am at last returning to the movie beat. After my current stay at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, I'm looking forward to opening night of my annual film festival at the University of Illinois on April 23, and I will resume writing movie reviews shortly thereafter. Are you as bored with my health as I am? I underwent a third surgery in January, this one in Houston, and once again there were complications. I am sorry to say that my ability to speak was not restored. That would require another surgery."
I feel bad for Roger that he cannot appear on the show anymore; his last appearances were in 2006. I miss hearing his voice. I still read his reviews online, but the enthusiasm he would bring to the TV show -- for good films and stinkers -- has never really been equaled by Roeper. I'm also old enough to miss the great back and forth Roger used to have with Gene Siskel, his original TV partner.
Get well, Roger, and if you do someday are up to a TV return, I'll tune in for sure. Thumbs up to that.