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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

I'm crying. RIP YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD

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

oh jesus

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:36 (six months ago) link

So sad to hear this. RIP Dr Morbs

Vinnie, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:37 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

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

pomenitul, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:37 (six months ago) link

RIP Bill. You will be missed.

pomenitul, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:38 (six months ago) link

this sucks

hate u cancer

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

RIP

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:44 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

I can never root for the Braves.

man <3

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

Fuck

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

Fuck

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

Fuck

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

Fuck

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

i didn't cry like this when my dad died

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:52 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

crying a bit now

me too

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

OK the tears are coming now

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

really sad news, sorry to all who knew him irl

superdeep borehole (harbl), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

RIP you loveable crank.

rb (soda), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:59 (six months ago) link

RIP :-(

brimstead, Thursday, 22 October 2020 01:01 (six months ago) link

!

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 January 2021 01:54 (three months ago) link

he liked boxing too iirc, though i don't know if he followed pro boxing closely. the last time i saw him he seemed pretty pleased when i told him i'd started taking boxing lessons

donna rouge, Saturday, 9 January 2021 02:20 (three months ago) link

I miss morbs presence here too. Great pic, thanks j0rdan.

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Saturday, 9 January 2021 04:48 (three months ago) link

Great pic! :) :)

Agree that everyone in pro sports is paid too much. I still like baseball and hockey.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 9 January 2021 19:00 (three months ago) link

see imo pro athletes are pretty much the only highly paid people who deserve it, they objectively are the best at what they do and peoples interest in that generates a ton of money, who else should get the money the business guys, i mean obvs ultimately i would support redistributing most of that wealth, but within our current system they the most justifiable rich people

lag∞n, Saturday, 9 January 2021 19:13 (three months ago) link

100%

Aside from pro sports being one of very few routes to wealth, status etc for a very large number of people from certain backgrounds and class

nob lacks, noirish (darraghmac), Saturday, 9 January 2021 19:17 (three months ago) link

Professional athletes are underpaid imo. Especially nfl players

a nice controlled drift (Spottie), Saturday, 9 January 2021 19:31 (three months ago) link

not sure you can even pay someone enough to play football

lag∞n, Saturday, 9 January 2021 19:31 (three months ago) link

Used to love when morbs would wander into ilh or the boxing thread

a nice controlled drift (Spottie), Saturday, 9 January 2021 19:32 (three months ago) link

Aside from pro sports being one of very few routes to wealth, status etc for a very large number of people from certain backgrounds and class

― nob lacks, noirish (darraghmac), Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:17 AM (fifty-eight minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Um, this is a huge problem, not something to be cheered on? It might be possible that encouraging young, mostly Black men to ruin their bodies (and often their brains) for life to enrich a bunch of already rich white dudes because "it's the only way out of poverty" is the biggest indictment of sport as it relates to race and class in the US.

Pere Legume (the table is the table), Saturday, 9 January 2021 23:06 (three months ago) link

Yeah definitely i wouldnt romanticise it either, alternatives should be there that don't leave sports as an "only way out"

But i think youve to acknowledge that starting from where we are its not a wholly negative aspirational motivator

Paying junior athletes fairly and managing the safety nets and all that as given

Daz White (darraghmac), Sunday, 10 January 2021 13:53 (three months ago) link

Teaching kids to get their hustles on early builds strong adults and healthy society. It teaches meritocracy and doping skills to the youths, and so of course they should be paid.

It also weeds out the laggards who werent born in february or whatever that gladwell bullshit says, and it allows them to start assimilating to their slavery gig futures sooner.

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Sunday, 10 January 2021 14:47 (three months ago) link

1 id take my last post off this morbs thread if i could

2 i was being more than a little facetious and its not like junior pay MUST make it worse than now cause its terrible.

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Sunday, 10 January 2021 14:55 (three months ago) link

NZ just announced the end of "professionalised" youth prep in sports, no idea what it means but sounds generally good

Daz White (darraghmac), Sunday, 10 January 2021 14:56 (three months ago) link

Um, this is a huge problem, not something to be cheered on? It might be possible that encouraging young, mostly Black men to ruin their bodies (and often their brains) for life to enrich a bunch of already rich white dudes because "it's the only way out of poverty" is the biggest indictment of sport as it relates to race and class in the US.


^we have a problem where we put all sports convo through the lens of the NFL. I don't think that basketball, soccer, or baseball are particularly destructive, not that injuries can't happen, but I'm not sure on balance those sports are more destructive than sitting at a desk 40 hours a week

hockey is probably closer to football esp w brain injuries (possibly worse but must ppl just don't pay attention to hockey)

also I think people who don't like sports forget that it's fun! most of the players like it and want to play, and lots of people who aren't close to pro go to the YMCA and play in their free time, I would say most players were obsessed with the sport and getting good and taking the time to practice and work on their craft and study the sports

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 14 January 2021 19:26 (three months ago) link

this discussion prob deserves its own thread at this point? much as Morbs might have been interested in it

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 14 January 2021 19:28 (three months ago) link

I think i have a thread i can bump where we started this discussion a year ago, ill look it up and post the above

spaghetti connemara (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 January 2021 19:30 (three months ago) link

Thank you VG

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 14 January 2021 19:50 (three months ago) link

<3

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 14 January 2021 19:58 (three months ago) link

can u link it deemz?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 14 January 2021 20:41 (three months ago) link

Well it's the wrong one but

What sports do you play? What sports would you like to play?

spaghetti connemara (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 January 2021 21:14 (three months ago) link

Yeah sorry I filled yr thread with BS, Bill, big love to you

Pere Legume (the table is the table), Friday, 15 January 2021 01:33 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Just heard a shoutout to Morbs on WFMU Give the Drummer radio (one of my favourite and daily stations now). DJ Stork played a Noel Coward tune "in honour of Bill Weber". Im sure they've done loads of these but I was glad to catch one live.

glumdalclitch, Sunday, 21 March 2021 18:09 (one month ago) link

I ate pancakes for a late, leisurely Sunday breakfast. Thought of Morbs as I did.

Judge Roi Behan (Aimless), Sunday, 21 March 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

Almost forgot about that

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 March 2021 18:38 (one month ago) link

Watched King of Comedy last week. It was so good :-(

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 21 March 2021 21:43 (one month ago) link

I'm really glad I have that Letterboxd list

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Monday, 22 March 2021 02:51 (one month ago) link

the WFMU fundraiser had me thinking of him, as he always put up reminders on ILM

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 March 2021 03:36 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Hey y'all. It's Bill's birthday today. He would have been 59.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:23 (two weeks ago) link

Happy Birthday Morbs <3

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:38 (two weeks ago) link

Happy Birthday Morbs ❤️

Call of Scampi: Slack Nephrops (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:45 (two weeks ago) link

Happy birthday Dr Morbius you magnificent bastard.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:53 (two weeks ago) link

I'll raise a Tyskie or 4 to the memory of him later, hb Morbz

calzino, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 10:36 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrTiUDhjLNA
Happy Birthday, Bill.

Bewlay Brothers & Sister Rrose (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:30 (two weeks ago) link

Just donated to WFMU (missed it before)

nashwan, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:58 (two weeks ago) link

I never had a chance to do much drinking with him - he was into the Polish beer?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:37 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't a clue what his fave booze was. It's just that a crate of Tyskie cans landed on my doorstep yesterday so that's what I'll be raising to his memory!

calzino, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:45 (two weeks ago) link

happy birthday morbs <3

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:53 (two weeks ago) link

He wasn't much into spirits -- he stuck to beer.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:54 (two weeks ago) link

Aw, this came up on my Facebook birthday list today. Happy birthday, Morbs.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/df/bb/e9/dfbbe9e4f296d9a6ec71f0fa74d6a562.gif

April 21 birthdays represent. I'll raise a Negra Modelo in Morbs' memory.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 13:31 (two weeks ago) link

happy birthday, Morbs

P-Zunit (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 April 2021 00:43 (two weeks ago) link

Aries-Taurus cusp, that's Morbs

Dan S, Thursday, 22 April 2021 00:58 (two weeks ago) link

Happy anniversary of your birth, Morbs.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Thursday, 22 April 2021 03:27 (two weeks ago) link

I hadn't noticed this thread until just now, but I watched Mikey and Nicky tonight and thought of Dr. M.

jaymc, Thursday, 22 April 2021 03:58 (two weeks ago) link

probably fitting that the mets got blown out on his birthday

and that he shares it with jesse orosco

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 April 2021 08:05 (two weeks ago) link

<3

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 22 April 2021 08:43 (two weeks ago) link

Ace in the POLL!! BILLY WILDER DIRECTS
You're gonna be Jean Arthur to Morb's Marlene, Alfred.

― Ruudside Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 16:23 (twelve years ago) link

Morbs is not sultry.

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 16:25 (twelve years ago) link


in season, I am.

― Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 02:00 (three days ago) link

*bane voice*

lag∞n, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 02:07 (three days ago) link

hahaha

One Of The Bad Guys (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 07:44 (three days ago) link


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