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Re: (TV) Gene Siskel
Strangely enough I have a good Siskel story...
When I was in law school, I'd go have lunch and a few beers at the local
off-track betting joint. The bartender was David Koechner, of all people,
who later was on the cast of SNL for a season or two -- great guy! At any
rate, Siskel was also a regular, and man, did he know his horses. One day,
after I noticed him repeatedly cashing tickets, I chatted him up and decided
to match his bets (dropping a zero or two from the amount of my wager -- he
wasn't messing around). I made about $400 in four races. He was a good
critic too, and he and Ebert made a good team. Siskel was more of a film
geek's critic, while Ebert takes more of a Joe Q. Public perspective, I
think, but the pairing made for a good balance. He is missed, especially
here in Chicago. And I haven't won more than $100 ever since!
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