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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Several Requiems

Over the past few days, several notable people passed away, and, instead of writing multiple posts, I have decided, for the sake of time, to write about them all here.

Roger Ebert

Truth to tell, I only knew of Roger Ebert because of his movie critic partnership with the late Gene Siskel; the movie critic I followed was Leonard Maltin. Looking back, I realize that it was a loss for me not to have followed Ebert. I remember reading his article about how he was not a fan of 3D, to put it lightly, and finding myself agreeing with his points. I'll probably wind up reading his posts in the future, to get his take on some of the movies I've watched.

After cancer had robbed Ebert of his ability to speak, eat and drink, he was able to find a voice in the Internet, using his blog and Twitter. Instead of letting his condition depress him, he continued his movie reviews through the use of the Internet. There was an article I read on CNN.com about Ebert's digital legacy, although I can't find it right now.

Ebert passed away last week at the age of 70.

Carmine Infantino

Last week, on April 4, we lost two greats: a great movie critic in Roger Ebert, and a great comic artist in Carmine Infantino, who died at the age of 87.

Infantino was responsible for the creation of a number of heroes and characters, most notably, the Silver Age Flash, whose distinctive, iconic red and yellow costume survives to this day. His drawing style was very distinctive, with block-shaped faces and dynamic poses.

Margaret Thatcher

When I was growing up, it seemed as if Margaret Thatcher, like her predecessor Winston Churchill, would always be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Of course, that wasn't the case, but Thatcher certainly held on to the position for a long time (1975-1990), and, over the course of that period, she guided her country through the turbulent era of the Cold War. Known as the "Iron Lady" for her unwavering conservative political beliefs, Thatcher showed that, as the first female British Prime Minister, she could be every bit as tough as anyone.

Thatcher, who passed away from a stroke at the age of 87, leaves behind a highly polarized legacy, as she was both lionized and condemned for her policies. For some, she was one of the figures who helped protect freedom; for others, she was known for mass unemployment in her home country. Whatever stand one takes, she will certainly be remembered.

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