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Joel Siegel 1943-2007
by Loretta Scott   
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Last edited: Saturday, June 30, 2007
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Movie critic Joel Siegel who made us movie goers consciousness's has flew home...He will be missed but never forgotten.

Joel Siegel, a Good Morning America family member since 1981, blends his unique sense of humor with his insights in the field of films and filmmaking to provide GMA viewers with movie reviews that are both informative and entertaining.

I could not live with myself if  I missed giving  honor to such a man who gave so much and allowed people to re-think, and analyzed what we are watching when we saw movies.

Joe Siegel sounded the trumpet on Friday June 29th 2007, after a long bout with colon cancer.

Siegel was born in Los Angeles on July 7, 1943, and graduated cum laude from UCLA. After college, he started writing for The Los Angeles Times, where he reviewed books.

He landed in New York City in 1972 and worked as a reporter for WCBS-TV. He also hosted "Joel Siegel's New York" on WCBS Radio. Four years later he jumped to WABC-TV, cementing his reputation as a film critic over the next three decades.

In 1981, he joined "Good Morning America" and became a regular as the network's entertainment editor, easily recognizable by his thick mustache and glasses.

In addition to Emmy Awards, he also received a public-service award from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award for general excellence in individual reporting.

"No one had more fun writing about a bad movie than Joel," Davis said.  He was a man dedicated to bringing the world truth through his humor and candid critices as he watched and rated the movies. 

Besides his film reviews, Siegel reports on entertainment-related news and presents a monthly report on the best video releases. He has interviewed actors and entertainers, as well as fellow critics, and his annual Oscar-time reports and profiles have become a popular feature on the program.

He survived by his son, Dylan, and wife, Ena Swansea



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Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer is cancer that starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon). Such cancer is sometimes referred to as "colorectal cancer."

Signs and Symptoms:


The death rate for colon cancer has dropped in the last 15 years. This may be due to increased awareness and screening by colonoscopy. Colon cancer can almost always be caught in its earliest and most curable stages by colonoscopy. Almost all men and women age 50 and older should have a colonoscopy. Colonoscopy is almost always painless and most patients are asleep for the entire procedure.

For information on this procedure, see colonoscopy.

Dietary and lifestyle modifications are important. Some evidence suggests that low-fat and high-fiber diets may reduce your risk of colon cancer.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines to prevent colon cancer if you have an average risk of the disease -- even if someone in your family has had the condition. Taking more than 300 mg a day of aspirin and similar drugs may cause dangerous gastrointestinal bleeding and heart problems in some people. Although low-dose aspirin may help reduce your risk of other conditions, such as heart disease, it does not lower the rate of colon cancer.

Early detection is the key, start early and add fiber to your diet and limit red fatty meats.


Compliments of CNN, ABC'S News and MedlinePlus.

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Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
He will be definately missed I thoroughly enjoyed his reviews good or bad. In all honesty I have admired his work throughout the years, it seems it will not be the same without him that is for sure.
Just recently I have known of two individuals that have had the surgery and I am happy to report that. Thank you Loretta for sharing his life and his story.

All the best to you, and many blessings2,
Reviewed by Loretta Scott
Thank you all for your beautiful comments, it is unfortunate life can be spared if only we can become more vigil regarding our health. It amazes me how people spend more time finding other things to be concern about that are not close to their heart and little time worrying about their health. I hope this article can reach millions and in the glim hopes it doesn't, I pray that at least one life can be saved.
I applaud you Joyce for your sharing your personal story but most of all I thank God for your mother's forceful assertion to steadfast against the stubbornness attitude to stay persistent until your Aunt completed the necessary tests needed to be done.
Joel death came too sudden too soon, but an illness that may have spared him more time if He would have paid more attention.

Be bless and thank you all for your wonderful candid reviews...I open arms them all...keep them coming.

Thank you, L Scott
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
Such a wonderful tribute my friend, yes he will be missed by many for he provided the world with much reviewing and entertainment. Such a sad loss, and also a death that on many occasions can be avoided. Colon cancer if detected early can be treated, one must always go for their screenings as needed, even if they think it isn't necessary. My aunt went for a colonoscopy after my mother pleaded with her to go due to her own experience with problems that were detected and treated early. My aunt insisted that there was nothing wrong, but there was she was in the beginning stages of colon cancer, but underwent surgery and she is still fine five years later. I go yearly for my screening due to minor problems and our family history. Now many insurance companies will even compensate their clients with cash if they go for these cancer screenings yearly...sometimes we can let life consume us and not stop to take care of the most important one, ourselves. Again, great tribute...and maybe an eye opener about this deadly disease for many others. I hated to hear of his passing, he will be missed by many.
Joyce B.
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