Dr. Morbius (Bill Weber) RIP

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Dr. Morbius (Bill Weber) died this afternoon at his sister's home in Connecticut. He had been ill with cancer for quite some time and recently opted for hospice care after months of frequent and wearying hospital visits. I will post information about funeral arrangements once I learn of them from the family. But right now I want to thank his sister Cathy for taking such good care of him and for allowing me to speak with him one last time earlier this afternoon.

I'm too gutted to say much more right now. I've seen more films with Bill than with anyone else in New York City. He was my number one film bud and moviegoing will never be the same without him. He was a big fan of classical Hollywood comedy. So watch a Marx Bros., Harold Lloyd, Jerry Lewis, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, etc. film in his honor tonight.

The family has not designated an official organization for donations. But Bill was a fervent WFMU supporter. So you might want to consider making a donation in his name.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:31 (one month ago) link

oh fuck, I'm so sad to hear this. always appreciated his passion, even when we didn't agree.

motherfuck this year.

eat my room temperature ass (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:33 (one month ago) link

Christ, awful. I am very sorry for your loss, Kevin.

RIP Bill

here comes the hotstamper (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:33 (one month ago) link

I'm crying. RIP YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:35 (one month ago) link

oh jesus

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:36 (one month ago) link

So sad to hear this. RIP Dr Morbs

Vinnie, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:37 (one month ago) link

Cathy just wrote me to tell me. I only ever met him face to face once or twice. I have a lot of love for him - a big part of knowing him on here was getting pissed off at him, of course, but I saw many sides of him over the fifteen years or so we've known each other in the way of people who know each other in a space like this -- and later, on Facebook -- a welcome friend there. Part of us here. Sad for this loss.

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:37 (one month ago) link

Always down for a baseball game and a beer no matter which coast. See you on the other side my friend, RIP.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:37 (one month ago) link

Oh no. Fucking hell. I thought he was getting better.

pomenitul, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:37 (one month ago) link

RIP Bill. You will be missed.

pomenitul, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:38 (one month ago) link

this sucks

hate u cancer

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:41 (one month ago) link

i am devastated. i met him years ago when he came to Atlanta and he was such a sweet guy. RIP Bill.

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:44 (one month ago) link

RIP

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:44 (one month ago) link

this was his last post, God bless him. I always feel guilty that I stopped following baseball when I think of how much he truly loved it.

I can never root for the Braves.

― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:19 AM (three days ago)

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:44 (one month ago) link

Holy shit. I was just wondering if there was news This is heartbreaking. I'm so glad he was able to pop in again to say hello the best he could the past few weeks.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:45 (one month ago) link

such an asshole on the board and such a sweetheart irl

can't even remember the last time i went to a baseball game without him

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:46 (one month ago) link

I can never root for the Braves.

man <3

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:47 (one month ago) link

oh fuck....rip Bill. never met/interacted with him outside ILX but I always loved chatting with him about film, and I will miss his righteous (and generally well-founded) indignation on the politics threads. I know it's a small thing in the context of a life, but this place just won't be the same without him.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:47 (one month ago) link

We fired back and forth a lot, but I never minded. (I actually searched the other day to see if he'd posted anything recently, but it was all baseball stuff.) Cancer's a shitty way to go out. Sad to hear this. I own some collections of Keaton shorts and will drag them off the shelf in his memory.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

I only met him once and can affirm that, in person, he was a really sweet guy. Fun, too, and interesting. This is devastating

treeship., Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

Too sad. Never met him (though we lived in the same neighborhood) but as big a mensch as I've ever encountered online. So smart on film, I'll especially miss his "last (x) movies you've seen" contributions.

Josefa, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

I know I antagonized him like anybody on this board did, but there was one point I posted here at a very low point where I'd woken up in a hospital after a night of drinking, really upset and freaked out about my loss of control, and he posted calming, kind words of encouragement with anecdotes from his own life. was incredibly sweet and helped at a time where I needed any encouragement. and considering my attitude towards him, not something he had to do/say.

rest well,Bill.

Neanderthal, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

bill was the first ilxor i ever met in real life, at a mets game in 2009. he was sweet and funny in person. he was easy to talk to, especially if the conversation shifted to baseball or movies. life didn't deal him a very good hand over the past several years but i know how many people here loved him and i hope at the end he felt it was a life well lived.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

Gutted.

Had been hoping that getting out to CT with his family and recent discharge meant a turn for the better.

This place will never be quite the same.

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:50 (one month ago) link

Ah, fuuuck. Rest in fury, you lovable asshole. So glad that he decided, and then was well enough to, get out of the city and end surrounded by love and family.

Un-fooled and placid (sic), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:51 (one month ago) link

xp I thought he had implied that when I asked him about it a few months ago. awful news

Dan S, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

I loved this guy too even though we ripped into each other so many times here. I’m really sad. God, fuck this year.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

Fuck

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

Fuck

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

Fuck

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

Fuck

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

Sad he’ll never get to see Georgie Minifer get his comeuppance. RIP loved reading his movie commentary.

Boring, Maryland, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

i didn't cry like this when my dad died

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

such an asshole on the board and such a sweetheart irl

lol xpost

Un-fooled and placid (sic), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:53 (one month ago) link

this is hard news. i only lived in brooklyn for a couple years, but Bill was a reliable friend. he would reach out to me, and ask if I wanted to see a movie (we watched several together, including a full viewing of Andrei Rublev) or catch a Mets game with him at Citi Field (especially when the Cardinals were in town). he was a good friend, very warm, very attentive, and always very witty. i think he would surprise a lot of you who never got to meet him, with his gentleness. i really valued his friendship. and he was really, really generous in listening to me go on at length about all sorts of naive thoughts on art and film and music, and taking me seriously. i hate to emphasize our age difference, but i always thought he was fatherly, in a way. like the way i would want someone to listen and care for me. crying a bit now, sorry.

RIP Bill.

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:53 (one month ago) link

Mookie I was seriously thinking about messaging you here to ask how he was just a couple hours ago !!!

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:54 (one month ago) link

I’m just really glad I got to tell him how I felt in an email before he passed. I think I’d be even more of a mess right now if I didn’t. I wish we had some old FAP pictures from back in the day to share. I’m going to miss him.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:54 (one month ago) link

crying a bit now

me too

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:54 (one month ago) link

Reading this post is tough b/c for reasons I can't explain I got a premonition early this morning.

I met Bill seven or eight times, often in the company of KJB. In 2017 he came down to Miami for a baseball conference, and we enjoyed drinks and dinner and spent several fabulous hours together.

He's my movie sparring buddy and I'll miss him terribly.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:55 (one month ago) link

i didn't cry like this when my dad died

yeah, i don't expect to either

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:55 (one month ago) link

xps yeah i was about to email him because he'd been unusually silent on the subject of the world series

ffs

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:55 (one month ago) link

i think he would surprise a lot of you who never got to meet him, with his gentleness.

this cannot be emphasized enough

call all destroyer, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:56 (one month ago) link

OK the tears are coming now

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

I always had a soft spot for this dude no matter what.
Just gutted right now

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

Bill Weber was an example of Catholic dialectical grace: fight tooth and nail, offer words of comfort you wouldn't think are possible.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

really sad news, sorry to all who knew him irl

superdeep borehole (harbl), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

bill was one of the first ILXors i met IRL, we met up for drinks at beauty bar (he carried an anthology calendar so i'd know it was him). my last weekend before i left NYC for LA we went to see 'uncle boonmee' at NYFF together. i'm pretty sure the last time i saw him he, kevin, get bent and i went to a jack smith show in soho, then we all got drinks in a mostly empty irish pub afterwards and it was such a fun afternoon - it made me miss living in new york. i loved his sense of humor and his strong opinions about politics and i always wanted to know what he thought about new and repertory films that were out (we agreed more often than not). i'm heartbroken and i'm really gonna miss him. RIP buddy.

donna rouge, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

Very sad. I didn’t know him at all outside ILX, but I loved talking Jerry with him. And his politics were spot-on. I’ll miss him.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:59 (one month ago) link

RIP you loveable crank.

rb (soda), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:59 (one month ago) link

RIP :-(

brimstead, Thursday, 22 October 2020 01:01 (one month ago) link

regardless of the historic repercussions i am short term more bummed that our good doctor didn't get closure on this election than i am about the timing of RBG (RIP!) passing on

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 23:22 (three weeks ago) link

Spoiler: He would not have been thrilled by a Biden win.

On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 23:43 (three weeks ago) link

Literally the one not terrible thing about him being gone.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 23:48 (three weeks ago) link

But I'd still rather have him around to complain about Biden.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 23:49 (three weeks ago) link

Remember in '12 when Dan secretly donated to Obama everytime Morbs criticized Barry?

That was cool.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Referring to the prez as Yam tonight in Morbs' honor

Josefa, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 00:05 (three weeks ago) link

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 00:07 (three weeks ago) link

Spoiler: He would not have been thrilled by a Biden win.

― On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), woensdag 4 november 2020 0:43 (twelve minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Morbs and I sure had our differences, but not on this. And I miss him dearly not hammering the following home: no one should be "thrilled" by a Biden win. Biden's merely 'not Trump'. Now let's hope 'not Trump' beats 'is Trump', but shit man, USA has got so much shit to sort out, a single 'not Trump' term is not going to cut it.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 00:08 (three weeks ago) link

word

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 00:09 (three weeks ago) link

he was consistently disappointed by the two-party system that’s for sure. never accepted the compromises entailed - beyond the point where most people would just throw up their hands and hold their noses - WELL beyond

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 00:11 (three weeks ago) link

To quote Hadrian, word ^^

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 00:15 (three weeks ago) link

I've been away from here for a while, so I missed the news. Rest in peace, Morbs.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 08:27 (three weeks ago) link

rage in peace

@nightKarlMalone (✔️) (sic), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 08:38 (three weeks ago) link

god, morbs would be so fucking pissed (and not surprised) about this election

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 15:27 (three weeks ago) link

that would have been true of any outcome though (which is the correct position)

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 15:27 (three weeks ago) link

otm x 2

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 15:29 (three weeks ago) link

hi Tuomas. good to see you.

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 15:50 (three weeks ago) link

Rich Hazelton and Pseu Braun are remembering Bill right now on Rich's show.

scampo-phenique (WmC), Saturday, 7 November 2020 05:02 (three weeks ago) link

Forgot that was coming. Just walked by Rick’s place earlier today/streetteam

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 November 2020 05:03 (three weeks ago) link

Rich. I don’t really know him, know his significant other better

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 November 2020 05:04 (three weeks ago) link

This is great, thanks for the reminder

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 November 2020 05:11 (three weeks ago) link

Pour one out for Bill tonight.

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 7 November 2020 17:26 (three weeks ago) link

Hope he haunts the bastard

all cats are beautiful (silby), Saturday, 7 November 2020 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

Both bastards

all cats are beautiful (silby), Saturday, 7 November 2020 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

haha, was gonna say "which one?"

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 7 November 2020 17:44 (three weeks ago) link

I don't have the heart to piss on the US Politics thread parade but someone should, in his memory.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 7 November 2020 17:47 (three weeks ago) link

otm.

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Saturday, 7 November 2020 17:50 (three weeks ago) link

ha simon that’s perfect. cheers morbs, it’s still awful here, but i hope better where you are! *clink*

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Saturday, 7 November 2020 17:50 (three weeks ago) link

STFU FRED

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 7 November 2020 18:32 (three weeks ago) link

still on that glacier

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Saturday, 7 November 2020 18:33 (three weeks ago) link

Miss you morbs

The Bosom Manor Michaelmas Special (silby), Sunday, 8 November 2020 02:49 (two weeks ago) link

Tonight doesn't feel as euphoric without your reality check, Morbs.

sat through an interminable msnbc circle-jerk waiting for bidens speech & thought how morbs would hate it & how he wd be correct

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 8 November 2020 02:53 (two weeks ago) link

Morbs would be watching Duck Soup right now

The Bosom Manor Michaelmas Special (silby), Sunday, 8 November 2020 02:57 (two weeks ago) link

Morbs would be cooking Lib Soup right now

morbs would be banned right now

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 8 November 2020 08:13 (two weeks ago) link

yep, he'd be on the naughty step with alphie.. guaranteed!

calzino, Sunday, 8 November 2020 08:28 (two weeks ago) link

if milo hasn't been banned today, Morbz wouldn't have managed it

@oneposter (✔️) (sic), Sunday, 8 November 2020 09:11 (two weeks ago) link

no wait, he probably would have achieved a nickname for Harris that managed to be racist, sexist, and some previously undiscovered -ist, and yet completely elided all the actual problems she might bring to the role

@oneposter (✔️) (sic), Sunday, 8 November 2020 09:14 (two weeks ago) link

I mean, Cop-mala works fine, no need to improve on a classic

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 8 November 2020 13:40 (two weeks ago) link

was anyone else surprised that Justice Stevens didn't hand Biden his robe and say "I quit" the second the VP oath was done?

― Dr Morbius, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 12:35 PM

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 November 2020 13:43 (two weeks ago) link

The Love Parade is an utter goddamn delight.

Thanks, Morbsy.

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 03:09 (one week ago) link

One month.

Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2020 05:22 (one week ago) link

Jesus, already?

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Saturday, 21 November 2020 05:26 (one week ago) link

</3

huge rant (sic), Saturday, 21 November 2020 05:30 (one week ago) link

it feels like it was last week. Miss you, Bill.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 21 November 2020 05:32 (one week ago) link

what's funny is just as i posted that, my partner texted me a crossword clue: Classic Buster Keaton Film set in Civil War times. The General, i knew, but only because i watched it the night i found out, for the first time.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 21 November 2020 05:34 (one week ago) link

I've never seen it but I still thought of him when the clue turned up.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 November 2020 10:02 (one week ago) link

same here :)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 21 November 2020 11:01 (one week ago) link

sad not to be able to enrage morbs in person by slyly tutting at the film's politics (pro-confederacy)

mark s, Saturday, 21 November 2020 11:13 (one week ago) link


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