Ebert Inducted Into HOF

Roger Ebert, who is best known as a film critic, will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame on August 19. There ceremony will happen at the American Writers Museum at 180 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Prior to becoming a professional film critic, Ebert was active in science fiction fandom, writing articles for various fanzines. His most recent fannish credit was the introduction to a hardcover collection of articles from the fanzine Xero.
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Obituary: Roger Ebert

Fan and movie critic Roger Ebert (b.1942) died on April 4. Ebert, who is best known for his television shows with Gene Siskel reviewing films and the creation of the thumbs up/thumbs down movie review system, 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. 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.