when Gene Siskel was alive, i didnt like Roger.
even though their buildings were across the street from each other, many of us considered the Tribune the Cubs paper
and the Sun-Times the White Sox paper
Siskel wrote for the Trib so he was ok.
the only person that i ever picked up the Sun-Times for was Mike Royko
but at some point he switched sides and Trib was perfect.
i was in Vegas one winter for one of the computer shows: either Comdex or CES, i dont recall
and i saw Roger Ebert winding his way with purpose to the front door of the hotel
so i walked with him and talked with him about Royko and Siskel and Chicago
the last thing i wanted to talk with him about was movies but thats what he wanted to talk about
so i told him i didnt think anyone ever made a movie as good as The Blues Brothers
he said thats not true.
and i said, and theyre not even trying.
it brought a big smile to his face and when we got to the cabs i asked him if we could take a picture together
and he said he’d be glad to.