Roger Ebert has been a film critic since way back when he and Gene Siskel formed the team Siskel and Ebert At The Movies. I recall watching these two together critique films, each having his own personal touch to the reviews. But after 23 years as a team, Gene Siskel passed on suffering from a short illness, and I lost touch with Ebert, until today.

What caught my attention to the man was the fact that he had suffered from cancer and subsequently had his jaw removed. Because of this he could no longer speak, but was still doing reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times. He also maintains a web site, but he indicates that the cost of the web site is expensive and he is requesting funds to keep it online. He has a invite shown below:

On his web site he states the following:

Dear Readers:

Most web sites generate less income than they cost to maintain. Mine is no exception. Because I want to preserve free access to the site, I’ve come up with an idea I’d like to run by you. I’m announcing The Ebert Club, which will offer a group of additional attractions and conveniences for members.

Membership in the club will not be expensive. Through March, we’ll have a special introductory rate of $4.99 for a year’s membership. After April 1, the price will shoot up to $5. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. April 1 is the date I was appointed movie critic of the Sun-Times, and I plan to live it up.

If you are so inclined, you may wish to join him and receive his updates at his blog site.

Comments welcome.

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