Roger Ebert has passed away marking the true end of the era of the mass media film critic. Starting in the 1970s he and fellow critic Gene Siskel were a part of my youth, looking forward to their show each week I started my true film education.
I didn't always agree with Ebert, on a lot of things, but I respected him for being honest about a lot things in his life beyond his work. He talked opening about his weight issues, about his health, his politics and his religious views.
I was a fan, and when he responded to my comment on his blog, it was a big deal to me. He recommended the film Black Narcissus in response to my comment I made sure to check it out. thumbs up to you sir.