It might be easy to give up after undergoing a major medical trauma, such as Roger Ebert experienced after battling cancer. But the film critic has not only NOT given up, but he’s forging ahead into the future.
On ‘Oprah’ yesterday, he debuted a new computer program that actually sounds like his own voice. The synthesized voice was developed by a Scottish company that compiled Ebert’s DVD commentaries, singled out specific words, and crafted a computer program that delivers what he wants to say.
Both he and his wife, Chaz, are shining examples of what a great attitude and a great partnership should be. Listen to Ebert’s new voice:
A recent Esquire interview featured a full-page portrait of Ebert’s surgically altered face. Does he want more surgery? Nope.
“No more surgery for me,” he told Oprah. “I’m not going to talk, or eat or drink again. So the surgery would only be to patch my face back together. I don’t want to go through that. This is the way I look. My life is happy and productive, so why have any more surgery? People ask if I mind Esquire running that photograph of me looking like this. I don’t mind at all. Nobody looks perfect. We have to find peace with the way we look and get on with life.”
It’s just a great, great lesson for all of us.