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Bob Sirott`s One More Thing from Roger Ebert himself

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One more thing, from Roger Ebert himself.

His last in-depth interview before he lost the ability to speak was back in 2003 at Channel 11. That night I asked him to talk about his early years downstate, and here in Chicago.

"I was a reader. I really got involved in reading in grade school and never stopped," Ebert said. "I had probably read the complete works of Mark Twain by fourth or fifth grade. I read and read and read. I always had my nose stuck in a book, but every Saturday afternoon, would go to the Princess Theater for the double feature."

About his career, Ebert said he always "wanted to be a newspaper man."

"That's all I ever wanted to be," he added. "I grew up across the street from a kid named Hal Holmes. His dad was an editor. He took me over for a tour of the facility and a linotype operator set my name into type so I could press it on an ink pad. My byline. Roger Ebert. I thought that really looked cool."

In his recent autobiography, "Life Itself," he wrote this about death: "I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I believe that if, at the end, we have done something to make others a little happier, that is about the best we can do. "

With Gene and Roger both gone now, the balcony is truly closed.

To see the full interview on WTTW click here.

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