- Bob Greene, friend of Roger Ebert's for more than 40 years, laments his passing
- He says Ebert was amazing as a young Chicago journalist. They shared great times
- He says Ebert persevered with humor and intelligence through his illness
CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story"; "Duty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War"; and "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen." This editorial was written shortly after Ebert's death in 2013. Explore more about the fascinating world of the late film critic Roger Ebert in an encore presentation of the CNN Film "Life Itself," Friday, January 9, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.
(CNN)We were in touch two weeks ago; Roger Ebert was my friend for more than 40 years, and toward the end of March he took it upon himself to send out one of my CNN columns to his more than 800,000 Twitter followers, and I thanked him for his graciousness and generosity, which were constant.