Sunday, January 16, 2011
Night of the Living Dead Archive: June 1969 Reader's Digest
by John Scoleri
In 1992, while we were working on The Scream Factory Presents: Night of the Living Dead 25th Anniversary Tribute Magazine, one of my goals was to include the often discussed and yet rarely reprinted commentary that Roger Ebert had written for the Chicago Sun-Times, and that had been subsequently condensed for Reader's Digest.
My brother tracked down a micro-fiche copy of the RD article for me, which we reprinted after getting the gracious permission of Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times and Reader's Digest (it was amusing that every letter of authorization was contingent on my receiving the authorization of the other two parties).
Until recently, I had never bothered to track down an original copy of the magazine, which in today's world of Google and Amazon.com is a relatively easy and inexpensive task. I wanted to share it with you now, so that my fellow Night of the Living Dead aficionados might add this interesting ancillary item to their collections as well (if they haven't already).
"Just Another Horror Movie—Or Is It?" can be found in the June 1969 issue of Reader's Digest. Even better, you can read Roger Ebert's original review from the January 5, 1969 issue of the Chicago Sun-Times on his website.