He had such a prominent presence online, on Twitter (my social medium of choice), Facebook and his blog. Here are some of the tweets that came across my feed yesterday afternoon. It's fascinating to see how widespread is the love for Roger Ebert.
Ebert's last tweet, linking to his last blog post for the Chicago Sun Times, posted 2 days before he passed away and 46 years after being named the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times:
All summer long, my son has been on an Encyclopedia Brown kick – reading every book about the boy detective that the library owns. The stories about the clever kid who solves mysteries with his brains are interesting and fun, and my son loves to read them out loud – and challenge me to figure things out before Encyclopedia does. I never do. And so it was with great sadness that we heard that Donald Sobol, the author of this beloved series, died this week at 87.
According to the New York Times obituary, Mr. Sobol wrote 28 Encyclopedia Brown books through the years, the last one just before he died. Fortunately, we can look forward to reading Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme this October.