Harold Ramis 1944-2014


Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and  Ernie Hudson in 'Ghostbusters' firing their proton-pack guns
Ghostbusters screencap © 1984 Columbia Pictures (I guess).

The year is 1989. I'm a day-camp counselor for kids 5 to 6 years old. At that age boys have their favorite whatevers on their lunch boxes, their shirts, their underwear. Ghostbusters was big in our bunk — mostly, I assume, from the animated TV series based on the 1984 movie (Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters) rather than the movie itself. So I chaperone a few boys into the restroom. Two of them stand at the same urinal, pants down, focused on doing what you do. One suddenly exclaims "Don't cross the streams!" and they crack up so hard it's a miracle that no mopping was required.

I think Harold Ramis, who died this past Monday at 69, would've been proud. Godspeed, ghosts, gophers, and groundhogs be with him.

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