“See Ya on the Other Side Egon”

February 25, 2014

This week the world lost a great comedy actor, writer & director. I lost a hero from my childhood.

I’ve said it several times on this blog, on Twitter, and in real life. I would not be the man I am today if it weren’t for Ghostbusters. All the key aspects of my personality and life can be linked directly back to all four Ghostbusters. My wise guy mouth & style come from Dr. Venkman. My hard work ethic & common sense come from Winston Zeddemore. My youthful spirit & excitement come from Dr. Stanz. Finally, my thirst for knowledge and logic come from Dr. Spengler.

Harold Ramis brought Egon to life in 1984. Ramis’ performances as Dr. Egon Spengler in both Ghostbusters films, & the 2009 Video Game, were superb. He captured that straight scientist, who still had a sly style of humor. It was Egon who always had to look at situations scientifically, and with a level head. Harold Ramis did a job no one else could have ever done with Egon. He never made Egon stand out too much, but you always knew he was there & what kind of character he was. While I may have grown up with The Real Ghostbusters version of the character first, it was thanks to Harold Ramis that Maurice La Marche was able to bring the Egon to life in his animated form, for both The Real Ghostbusters & Extreme Ghostbusters. His talents & performance as Egon even continue to influence the character in the on-going Ghostbusters comic book today.

I know Harold Ramis did so much more than Ghostbusters. He was a great actor, writer & director in and for so many other films, many of which I have seen & enjoy. However, for me, Harold Ramis will always be Dr. Egon Spengler. The impact his character had on my life is almost immeasurable. It is because of Egon that I always strove to excel in school, and why I always stop & try to figure problems out logically.

I send my most heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Harold Ramis. It doesn’t seem real that one of my childhood heroes is gone. I sincerely hope that one day, by the grace of a higher power, I may just indeed see him on the other side.

Harold Ramis

1944 - 2014


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