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Film critic Roger Ebert has lost his ability to speak, but still communicates
AP ^ | February 16, 2010

Posted on 02/16/2010 2:31:11 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

NEW YORK (AP) — Film critic Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak nearly four years ago, when he underwent a tracheostomy, a procedure that opens an airway through an incision in the windpipe, after surgery for cancer in his jaw.

In an interview in the new issue of Esquire magazine, the 67-year-old film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times uses pen and paper and text-to-speech computer software to communicate. He's developed a kind of rudimentary sign language, and he sometimes draws letters with his finger on the palm of his hand.

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KEYWORDS: critics; ebert; movies
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To: ConservativeStatement

Any comment I might make would be in bad taste other than, I really miss Siskel.


2 posted on 02/16/2010 2:32:59 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

Has he lost his ability to hate?


3 posted on 02/16/2010 2:34:11 PM PST by Salvey
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To: originalbuckeye

Did Siskel smoke or chew? Yikes. God Bless him.


4 posted on 02/16/2010 2:34:22 PM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Is that a real picture?


5 posted on 02/16/2010 2:34:32 PM PST by DB
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To: ConservativeStatement
uses pen and paper and text-to-speech computer software to communicate. He's developed a kind of rudimentary sign language, and he sometimes draws letters with his finger on the palm of his hand.
Gheeze, what a guy. I'll bet no one in recorded history has ever done any of that.
6 posted on 02/16/2010 2:35:17 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DB

that’s what I wondered...did he just suck a lemon?


7 posted on 02/16/2010 2:35:34 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: DB

The caption within the link states it’s an “undated photo.”


8 posted on 02/16/2010 2:35:35 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama lies, Freedom dies)
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To: gathersnomoss; All
That's Ebert. It is a real picture. He has had several head/neck cancers. I'm not sure what kind. He has had a tracheotomy for a long time. No, he can't speak.
9 posted on 02/16/2010 2:36:32 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: oh8eleven

It’s settled science.


10 posted on 02/16/2010 2:36:34 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If that is a real picture then wow. Just wow.

I mean no disrespect but he looks like those shriveled apple dolls. His politics suck but he doesn’t deserve this.


11 posted on 02/16/2010 2:37:13 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: ConservativeStatement

So this is what’s so embittered him?


12 posted on 02/16/2010 2:37:15 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: WOBBLY BOB; DB
From the article: after surgery for cancer in his jaw.
13 posted on 02/16/2010 2:38:00 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: oh8eleven

Steven Hawkings comes to mind....


14 posted on 02/16/2010 2:39:23 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I'm Ellie Light!)
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To: DB

I don’t think so...it could have been photoshopped. Hope so for his sake...


15 posted on 02/16/2010 2:39:40 PM PST by savagesusie
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To: DB

Knew a fellow who looked quite similar to that for several years.


16 posted on 02/16/2010 2:40:10 PM PST by digger48
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To: ConservativeStatement

Oh my God - he looks horrible. He doesn’t even look like the same man. Sad.


17 posted on 02/16/2010 2:41:26 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

It appears he had his lower jaw removed & my guess is if he can’t talk it is not from trach.. but that his tongue was also removed.

This is a very debilitating cancer if one opts for the surgical “corrections”

Many people have had trachs & can talk .. he may however have had his larynx removed also


18 posted on 02/16/2010 2:41:30 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: savagesusie

That what you look like without a jaw. it’s real


19 posted on 02/16/2010 2:41:32 PM PST by digger48
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To: ConservativeStatement

It’s a shame to see. He answers letters in a column in the Metro. I like discussions of movies so much it’s hard to hate him, plus I guess I missed his worst remarks. I have to draw the line on politics at cancer. I wish him well and wish for cures of that disease.


20 posted on 02/16/2010 2:42:40 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: DJ MacWoW

yikes, reconstructive technology has room for improvement.
thanks.


21 posted on 02/16/2010 2:42:42 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He can still type.


22 posted on 02/16/2010 2:43:26 PM PST by maggief
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To: ConservativeStatement
Yup,that's a real picture.I know because I've seen many,many like him while working at a large hospital for 20+ years.Smokers,those who chew tobacco and alcoholics are at great risk for head & neck cancers.
23 posted on 02/16/2010 2:44:18 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Omigosh, the poor man. He’s brave to keep on keepin’ on.

I never disliked him—just thought he had poor taste in movies.


24 posted on 02/16/2010 2:45:37 PM PST by Palladin ("We are the loyal opposition"~~Sarah Palin)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

If the bone cancer was bad enough they probably couldn’t do any reconstructive surgery. That pic looks like a lot of bone was removed. Horrible but he is alive.


25 posted on 02/16/2010 2:45:38 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Better no jaw than dead. Glad I quit chewing...now if I could quit my other vices...


26 posted on 02/16/2010 2:46:33 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: originalbuckeye

Roger Ebert Twitters: ‘Massachusetts to Teddy: “F—k you.”’

(right after Scott Brown’s win)


27 posted on 02/16/2010 2:46:42 PM PST by max americana
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To: ConservativeStatement

28 posted on 02/16/2010 2:47:43 PM PST by woofie
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To: Gay State Conservative

My Mom has chewed snuff (she’s an old-fashioned Southern woman) for as long as I can remember (I’m 48 now.) I keep hoping and praying she doesn’t get something like that.

She’s 70 now. So far, nothing....


29 posted on 02/16/2010 2:48:34 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Suggest that FReepers be respectful of people experiencing facial surgeries, whatever the cause.


30 posted on 02/16/2010 2:48:36 PM PST by mountaineer1997
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To: Cyber Liberty

Yeah and thousands of American vets who got their faces blown away over the last 200+ years.


31 posted on 02/16/2010 2:48:47 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ConservativeStatement
It's amazing with all this he's as bitter and partisan as he is.
32 posted on 02/16/2010 2:50:38 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Salvey

Nope, he still has the ability to be a jackass


33 posted on 02/16/2010 2:52:32 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: mountaineer1997
Suggest that FReepers be respectful of people experiencing facial surgeries, whatever the cause.

And just where was I disrespectful?

34 posted on 02/16/2010 2:52:37 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I wouldn’t wish than on anyone. Not even Roger Ebert.


35 posted on 02/16/2010 2:54:09 PM PST by TChad
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To: digger48

I was afraid it was real, but you would think they could do some reconstruction some way with all the plastic surgery experience out there. He would certainly have the money. Sad.


36 posted on 02/16/2010 3:02:24 PM PST by savagesusie
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To: savagesusie

I agree. Why not implant a plastic jaw bone? It might not function much, but it would restore some structure. Reconstructive surgery has done far more with far less.


37 posted on 02/16/2010 3:06:37 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Personal freedom begins when you tell Old Mrs. Grundy to go to Hell." -Lazarus Long)
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To: TChad
I think it's ironic that a man who spent his adult life critiquing the efforts of others is now speechless.

I'm thinking "Greek Tragedy."

38 posted on 02/16/2010 3:07:54 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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I was reminded of Civil War soldiers with severe facial wounds...like some Barnum & Baily grotesque. I can’t believe modern plastic surgery can’t improve his condition.


39 posted on 02/16/2010 3:20:19 PM PST by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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To: originalbuckeye
Just because you've had a tracheostomy.....doesn't mean you've lost the ability to speak.

Just another poor example of the investigating abilities of the media.....

40 posted on 02/16/2010 3:23:23 PM PST by Osage Orange (A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. - Sigmund Freud)
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To: Beelzebubba

My wife had bone cancer of the jaw. The surgeons removed over 50% of her jaw and put in a temporary titanium structure that looked a lot like strap metal.

A year later, they removed a bone from her lower leg and refashioned a new jawbone and last year she received dental implants to regain some chewing on that side of her mouth.

She will never be the same again, but every day I am thankful for how God and skilled doctors restored her to a vestige of what she had once been. It has been six years and so far, no return of cancer.


41 posted on 02/16/2010 3:37:44 PM PST by formerlytempaussie (Minnesota- National Headquarters for Recounts)
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To: Vision
This illustrates the fact that victimhood confers no virtue. Victims tend to be just as big a bunch of a-holes as perps do. They just caught a bad card.
42 posted on 02/16/2010 3:38:53 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Palladin

If you read his Twitter feed, you might develop a dislike. It’s all “teabaggers” and “Palin is the devil.”


43 posted on 02/16/2010 3:41:03 PM PST by Rastus
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To: formerlytempaussie

Marxism tries to suck the life out of free people. Guess it is only fair that it sucks the life out of it’s proponents.


44 posted on 02/16/2010 3:42:21 PM PST by Eleven Bravo 6 319thID
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To: formerlytempaussie

May God bless and keep you both and I will pray that it NEVER returns.


45 posted on 02/16/2010 3:46:17 PM PST by Salamander (....and I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.......)
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To: originalbuckeye
He's developed a kind of rudimentary sign language, and he sometimes draws letters with his finger on the palm of his hand.
Hey it's too bad he's not a conservative or a Palin cuz that would make a good Family Guy episode or a SNL skit
46 posted on 02/16/2010 3:58:19 PM PST by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: Salvey

I find most older people either become sweeter in old age or bitter in old age and typically it boils down to how they coped with the trials in their life. The person who finds the good in hardships and disappointments learns to cope better than the ones who just become more harsh and critical.

It seems obvious which way Ebert handled his challenges because he seems to be a very bitter man.


47 posted on 02/16/2010 4:00:50 PM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: woofie

That picture isn’t Ebert — it’s Pat, from Saturday Night Live!!


48 posted on 02/16/2010 4:14:34 PM PST by WL-law
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To: Palladin
"I never disliked him—just thought he had poor taste in movies."

I'm always interested in what Ebert has to say about film. Agree with him or not, he's a thoughtful critic and I've learned something from him again and again.

That said, I'm not too keen on his politics, but I wish him only the best.

Life is hard.

49 posted on 02/16/2010 4:16:29 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: originalbuckeye

50 posted on 02/16/2010 4:20:54 PM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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