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When I wasn't digging in piles of gravel, climbing trees, or building Lego cars for my ponies, my childhood hours were spent watching movies. A lot of movies. Adults said I'd go nearsighted and my brain would turn to mush. I did end up with glasses, and the caliber of my brain is debatable, but I came away with a love of storytelling.

I also idolized Dr. Egon Spengler. He was smart and witty, and I thought he was handsome. Even though Ghostbusters doesn't have a shred of science in it, Egon made me love science. I wanted to be like him. As a teenager, my focus shifted, and I wanted to emulate his dry humor and timing instead. And once I began this venture, I shifted my focus again, to the work of the man himself, and I appreciated his eye for photography and his ear for dialogue. His work (on both sides of the camera) helped form who I am.

Safe journeys, Harold Ramis. You are dearly missed.



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Feb. 27th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
It was so out of the blue!
Feb. 27th, 2014 01:49 am (UTC)
Ghostbusters was a big part of my kidhood. Everything about that movie rocked. Looking back on it, it's clear that those involved not only had a blast doing it, but pulled out all the stops to make it so awesome. Playing off each other, playing generally-- the sort of thing that, when superbly talented people get together to do a thing, can hardly fail to be good. And "Back off, man, I'm a scientist!" has got to be one of the best movie lines ever. I identified most with Egon, too, though I went on to become a philosopher ("Back off, man, I'm a philosopher!" just isn't as good). Blimey, I can still hear the soundtrack in my head-- my sister and I used to sit on our roof and share the headphones when that song would come on the radio.

Yeah. A talented man, who left some real classics in his wake. The world is better for having had him in it. Hats off and glasses raised.
Feb. 28th, 2014 04:01 am (UTC)
The world is definitely a better place for his being here - he left a huge mark and he will be missed.
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