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April 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On this, the 43rd anniversary of his being named critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert penned a column that began with the words “Thank you.” It then went on to say that after writing 306 movie reviews last year as well as a blog post or two every week and other articles, “I must slow down now, which is why I’m taking what I like to call ‘a leave of presence.'” He will continue to write occasional film reviews, limiting himself to writing about the ones he really wants to write about, he explained, and even launching a campaign via Kickstarter to raise funds to relaunch his long-running movie review television show. But he may also write about “what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you.” Ebert, as his fans well know, has faced more than his fair share of them, and now, he disclosed, he is facing more. The painful hip fracture that he revealed he had suffered last December that made it difficult for him to walk “has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to,” he wrote. But it will not sideline him completely. Indeed, he said, he is relaunching a redesigned website, rogerebert.com, on April 9, featuring some 10,000 reviews that he has written dating back to 1967, as well as new reviews from other critics all over the world. Within minutes after posting his “thank you,” comments from fans piled up on his blog thanking him for his observations about film over the year and wishing him a successful outcome in his latest cancer battle. They came in at one a minute. Among them was one that read, “Among other things, thank you for taking your most recent diagnosis in stride and making it just one of the many things going on in your life right now.”