A loving tribute

Sometimes, people tell me that I write well. I disagree, because I will never be as good as Roger Ebert or Stephen King.

Do read Ebert’s loving tribute to his dad here. I wish I could write a similar piece for my late mum, but I think it’ll be many, many years before I can muster the strength and bravery to do it.

An excerpt:

Until the day he died, I always called him "Daddy." He was Walter Harry Ebert, born in Urbana in 1902 of parents who had immigrated from Germany. His father, Joseph, was a machinist working for the Peoria & Eastern Railway, known as the Big Four. Daddy would take me out to the Roundhouse on the north side of town to watch the big turntables turning steam engines around. In our kitchen, he always used a knife "your grandfather made from a single piece of steel."

One Reply to “A loving tribute”

  1. There are some really wonderful writers out there whose work receive less recognition than it deserves because their occupations/genres fall outside of the popular literature categories.

    I can think of a few English sportwriters who can wrtie really well, but they will never be appreciated by a wider audience because they have spent their whole careers specializing in a single sport.

    If a “writer” is defined as someone who can convey thoughts and emotions, then Ebert certainly fits the bill. But since his works are accessed mainly by people who want to catch a particular movie, naturally we’ll tag him as a “movie critic” first, “writer” second.

    Furthermore, to find his work in print, I’d have to go to the “movie” section in the bookstores. Yet I am sure he’d hold his own very nicely if his literery abilities are replicated in the context of fiction.

    Anyway, he’s among the most popular practitioners in his chosen trade. That said, when millions of moviegoers acknowledge him as a great commentator of film, I guess what they really mean is that the guy’s a brilliant writer capable of putting into words the emotional aspects that come out of a movie.

    Cheers 2 u, Ian, for highlighting this person.

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