I posted this on my Facebook page last week, then thought a wider audience might enjoy it today: a 1995 episode of the short-lived (and wickedly funny) animated series The Critic that featured Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.
In the episode, the duo breaks up their partnership and each court the series lead character, Jay Sherman--voiced by Jon Lovitz--as a replacement. Siskel and Ebert do their own voices, as did movie critics Rex Reed and Gene Shalit.
(And to keep this page reasonably honest, the series intro features some nifty animated versions of NYC landmarks such as the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum, the Dakota apartments, the United Nations complex and the departed World Trade Center.)
And I'll close with this 1997 Ebert cameo from the filmed-in-Chicago series, Early Edition:
"I walk around Chicago, and look up at buildings of variety and charm. I walk into lobbies of untold beauty. I ascend in elevators fit for the gods. Then I walk outside again and see the street defaced by the cruel storefronts of bank branches and mall chains, scornful of beauty. Here I squat! they declare. I am Chase! I am Citibank! I am Payless Shoe Source! I don't speak to my neighbors. I have no interest in pleasing those who walk by. I occupy square footage at the lowest possible cost. My fixtures can be moved out overnight. I am capital."
— Roger Ebert, discussing architecture in his Chicago Sun-Times blog, July, 12, 2010.
During my nine years at the Chicago Sun-Times and in the 12 years since, Roger Ebert and I kept in touch, occasionally sending email to one another—mostly about film. We discussed the brilliance of 1993's Tombstone, particularly Val Kilmer's performance as Doc Holliday; that Michael Mann's big screen hit Heat was really a remake--albeit a fine one--of the director's 1989 made-for-TV film, L.A.
The university--which purchased the building in 2004 and has eyed it for demolition since at least 2011--applied for a permit in late December to raze the building.