He succumbed to a recurrence of cancer. I still followed his movie reviews on the internet and will miss him.I never actually met him, but I felt connected to him. I lived in Urbana when he was a resident. He was three or four years ahead of me in college. He was a tremendously talented person.I was an undergrad when he was a reporter and, later, the editor of the student newspaper, the Daily Illini, aka the DI. He led a campaign to create a lily pond, including filling a kid's wading pool at the south end of the Quad, with signs urging students and faculty to support it. To small town girl like me, I thought it was audacity personified<g>.He stayed in Chambana for a few years after he graduated. After I graduated from the U of I, I took a job at the Big U. We sort of co-existed in the same town. The city of Urbana had an annual photo contest. I thought I took some pretty good pictures, so I entered the contest. Ebert won first place w/ a shot of a Mardi Gras celebrant - beautifully framed in gold leaf. My poor little desert flower took third place, but I couldn't have lost to a better person. PM
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