Roger Ebert

(June 18, 1942 — April 4, 2013)

Best known for his television shows with Gene Siskel reviewing films and the creation of the thumbs up/thumbs down movie review system, Ebert got his start as a fanzine writer while in high school, publishing the zine Stymie and having his writing appear in Xero, Yandro, and other zines, including Kipple, Parsection, and Psi-Phi.

Although he did spend some time distancing himself from his fannish roots, he returned to write the introduction to The Best of Xero. In college, he was a member of the Champaign-Urbana Science Fiction Association.

As a young man he won the Illinois AP first place news writing award for 1960.

In 2004 he wrote articles for SF prozines.


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