Roger Ebert inducted into Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:25PM
Roger Ebert was inducted Aug. 19, 2017 into the Literary Hall of Fame.


CHICAGO - Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who died four years ago, was inducted Saturday night into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame at the American Writers Museum in Chicago.

Ebert, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, wrote 17 books as well as blog posts.

Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan recalled Ebert as the ultimate newspaper man.

"This was the most prolific critic," Kogan said. "When you got that Friday Sun-Times there would sometimes be 4, 5, 6, 7 Roger Ebert reviews, all of them compelling about all manner of films."

Old Town Ale House raconteur Bruce Elliott knew Roger for decades.

"He was amazing, what he did for his friends, his family but most of all his conversations we used to have. They were just bizarre and they were great," said Elliott, an artist and writer.

Ebert's wife, Chaz Ebert, said that while her husband became famous on TV, he was always a writer at heart.

"Roger's writing was so beautiful," she said. "If we only looked at his film reviews, they would qualify for the Hall of Fame."
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