Sad news as posted by the Chicago Tribune today , Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69 early this morning. Interestingly enough I was watching Groundhog Day a few months ago and literally texted my buddy Pat that 'I don't want to live in a world where Harold Ramis isn't making movies.' Now while I didn't mean that literally I did mean that the world is a funnier, better place with a mind like Harold Ramis in it. Not only did he teach us not to cross the streams as Egon , he wrote or co-wrote, Animal House, Stripes, Groundhog Day, and the Ghostbusters franchise. He also directed Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and was executive producer on Back to School. The man provided laughs for millions and will be missed. Goodnight sweet prince.
PS: Ghostbusters and Ninja Turles were neck and neck for the two most defining franchises of my youth in the late 80's and early 90's. Like you could make a strong case that beyond the Catholic guilt instilled in my at a young age, those two movies/cartoons had the biggest impact in my young life in a pop culture sense. I remember when I was a kid (plot twist: last week) I'd wear the entire Ghostbuster outfit with the proton pack and everything. I've never been so confident in my life. In fact I might break into my parent's attic and throw on the outfit for the rest of my blogging day. Only problem is I'll probably rip through the outfit trying to fit into it. Sort of like when Bruce Banner rips through his clothes becoming the Incredible Hulk. Only in this case the Incredible Hulk would have the skin tone and body definition of cream cheese.