Friday, October 15, 2010 - A member of our SPR family,Movies 101 founder, host, and film critic Bob Glatzer has died today following a stroke on Tuesday. He was 78 years old.
Before coming to Spokane, Bob had been a director and film critic in New York City. He came to Spokane to film Expo '74 for the Smithsonian...and stayed to, not only found a public radio fixture program, but to also help bring the hidden gems of worldwide movie-making to the Inland Northwest by co-founding the annual Spokane International Film Festival.
By our reckoning, Bob was with SPR for nearly 20 years--maybe longer. Whether offering solo film reviews during Morning Edition, or lively debate with fellow critics Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, and Leonard Oakland on Movies 101, Bob's humor, wit, and clear passion for the cinema arts made him an endearing fixture both in our studios and on our airwaves. Even when he was at his "other job," teaching film direction at Eastern Washington University, his reviews, insights, and unique turns-of-phrase gave him a continued presence in our offices as we discussed, and debated, Bob's latest critiques.
We miss him deeply at Spokane Public Radio, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family. Farewell Bob.
Hear Bob's movie reviews at: Movies101.com