Ladies and gentlemen, it's "Roger Ebert Week" in Chicago! OK, not really. But it sure seems like it is -- and here are some of the reasons why:
- It began with front-page stories in both the Tribune and the Sun-Times trumpeting a computer miracle that re-created Roger's voice, thanks to software developed by a Scottish company using audio tracks recorded by the Chicago treasure and iconic movie critic before he lost the ability to speak because of cancer. On his blog, Roger wrote:
"Yes, 'Roger Jr.' needs to be smoother in tone and steadier in pacing, but the little rascal is good. To hear him coming from my own computer made me ridiculously happy."