There was scarcely one movie I watched I didn't want to know what this man thought about. He wore more than the bleak title of film critic. He acknowledged the immense responsibility he carried on his thumbs and spelled the words with great passion. That made him a true writer.
Two great pieces on the person of Roger Ebert:
Roger Ebert's Post-It Notes (Esquire)
Roger Ebert Wins the Cartoon Caption Contest (The New Yorker)