I cannot say it any better than Gaumer when we briefly exchanged thoughts on this.
“This one fucking hurts.”
We lost a comedic legend today. A man who’s body of work has and will keep inspiring people for decades to come. We lost a man who’s creativity spawned such icons in our popular culture consciousness such as “Groundhog Day”, “Stripes”, “Caddyshack”, “Animal House”, and the seminal classic “Ghostbusters”.
Harold Ramis was nothing short of being Michelangelo to me in my impressionable youth. His artistry was with words and his actions behind the camera. He is a man whom I can site as one of the principal foundations when it comes to where I get my sense of humor and why I love comedy so dearly. By my standards Ramis has directed and been involved with some of the all time funniest movies in the past 100 years and I would argue that point to any nay sayers; I doubt there would be many if any however.
For many folk, especially the older readers, this is especially hard. This is a piece of our childhood that was bruised. Ramis was famous for playing one particular character over the years: Dr. Egon Spengler.
Egon was the absolute brains of the Ghostbusters without a doubt. Egon showed that you can be beyond smart and still be courageous in the face of danger. Beyond that the world of “Ghostbusters” that Ramis helped to create epitomizes my love of the fantastic. The realms of science and supernatural melding into one relatable idea; how simply glorious is it to consider that all of those elements can coexist.
When growing up kids have ideas as to their ideal for their adult lives. Some want to be firefighters, police officers, and doctors. Some want to be jedi, Indiana Jones, Batman, or Spider-Man. Thanks to Harold Ramis all I ever wanted to be was a Ghostbuster.
And I still do to this day.