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At Roger Ebert’s funeral
CHICAGO–Seemed the right thing to do, live tweet Roger Ebert’s funeral. Never done it before, but figured Roger would get a kick out of the multiple platforms covering his lovely send-off on Monday at the Holy Name Cathedral.
The sad occasion served as a gathering of the Sun-Times tribe; colleagues present and long past, some I have not seen for years.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke; so did former Sun-Times publisher John Barron, Jonathan Jackson, the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, stepping in to speak on behalf of his father and Roger’s wife, Chaz, who got a standing ovation. Roger “would have loved this,” she said.
Roger could have jumped to another outlet any time through the years, but always wanted his home base to be the Sun-Times said Barron in his appreciation. “Roger was a true newspaperman.”
Jackson said he called Spike Lee this morning as he was working on his speech and Lee ordered him to write down–and deliver this message: “he was a champion of my work and other black film makers.”
Emanuel talked about how “Roger’s name became synonymous with Chicago and the movies.”
Said Quinn, “We love you Roger. We always will. Thumbs up.”
The Sun-Times has complete coverage on every platform: Start HERE for the package.