An urgent appeal to Answer Man users:
The "answer man" e-mail link is threatened because I am receiving hundreds of e-mails a day, most of them clearly ignoring the "rules" printed below. There is no staff to handle them. I cannot personally deal with them all.
As a result, no message violating these rules will be acknowledged, and the originating e-mail address may potentially be BLOCKED against any future messages.
I am sorry to have to do this, but I cannot think of an alternative that will continue to keep this e-mail link usable on a human scale.
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of GENERAL INTEREST for the Answer Man column. Read the column to get a
notion of typical questions.
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video availability, etc. Go to www.imdb.com for that.
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a given movie. I get dozens of such requests.
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my address, and I get flooded.
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films--no lists at all.
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Movie Answer Man
The Answer Man column appears in the Chicago Sun-Times and is posted online every other Sunday. It alternates with Ebert's biweekly "Great Movies" articles. The most recent 18 months of questions are included in the new book "Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2005" (Andrews-McMeel). An earlier book, "Questions for the Movie Answer Man," was published by Andrews-McMeel in 1997.