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The Sad Loss of a Renaissance Man–Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert at home.The passing of Roger Ebert is a sad loss, not only for his devoted wife Chaz and their family, but for everyone who met him and many who never had the privilege to meet him. Mr. Ebert is widely known as a film critic, author and philanthropist. Mr. Ebert’s positive approach to living life fully engaged was inspiring. He was bravely public about facing cancer and cancer treatment, which left him with significant challenges. After I worked with him to create a facial prosthesis that was designed to go unnoticed, he chose to be very public about the prosthesis to raise awareness about the potential of facial prosthetics through his blog ¬†http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/leading-with-my-chin.

I don’t know where he found the energy amidst all of his other projects, but while I was working with him he published a cookbook. Mr. Ebert gifted me with a copy of his book¬†The Pot and How to Use It–an unpretentious and humorous cookbook full of philosophical tidbits. As I drove back to Milwaukee from Chicago after a long day of sculpting his prosthesis I marveled that a man who could no longer eat due to the ravages of cancer would write a cookbook. On the day his prosthesis was completed he shared his drawings with me–little gems that captured many of life’s happy moments–especially when he traveled. The message for me was to savor moments–with people you love, people you just met, and every bite of food you eat.Roger Ebert's drawing

 

4 Comments

  • Beth Fredrickson says:

    What a beautiful testimony to the kind of man Roger Ebert was, and the kind of caring he clearly experienced from you. Thank you for sharing. Peace to his memory.

  • Harry says:

    My wife and I met Roger and his wife several years ago, after one of his first sierrgues. They could not have been more gracious. Both to the stars and execs who jockeyed to say hello or to us, who are neither stars nor movie execs. Very happy to see that he seems more prolific and beloved than ever.

    • Edson says:

      I had the good fortune to spend two years doing cavader dissection and anatomical illustration at Santa Monica College, under the guidance of Dr. Margarita Dell. It made an enormous and continuing impact on my understanding of the figure and practice as a figurative painter. I’ve heard about the Hopkins program, but I think a program like a condensed version of it would be useful to figurative non-medical-illustrators as well. I *loved* doing that work.By the way, I hardly ever have anything useful to add, but I’m very much enjoying your blog.

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