80s, Blog, Movies, TV, Updates — February 24, 2014 7:18 pm

Harold Ramis: 1944 – 2014

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We are both feeling shocked by the news of Harold Ramis’ death.  This isn’t usually the type of post you would find on PopRewind, but we both felt compelled to say a few words about the screen legend.  The “goblin” that’s been hanging around our site’s logo should give you some indication about how we feel about his work.

Lee:

Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, you could not escape the Ghostbusters franchise.  It was the first “thing” I was ever “into”.  The original movie had always just been there in my life and I was blown away by the announcement of a sequel.  While the movies are great, Harold Ramis’ character always stood out to me as the interesting member of the group.  Instead of being a superhero with giant muscles, Dr. Egon Spengler showed kids it was okay to win with science, brain power, and all around nerdiness.  Not being a superhero with muscles myself, I certainly identified with such a depiction.

I’ve never felt bad for being the worst baseball player on the team, the slowest runner in class, or the person who always got hit first in dodge ball because early in my life I was shown that being better in other avenues instead was just fine (though, I certainly desire to be better at dodge ball).  So, thank you Harold Ramis (and Egon Spengler) for being one of the first cool nerds in mainstream media and inspiring a generation to be themselves.

Linz:

While Ghostbusters also had a profound impact on my life, it’s Ramis’ work on SCTV that first captured my attention. His deadpan delivery was incredible, blowing away the rest of the cast. Ramis was the head writer and also a performer on SCTV for the first three years of its existence.


Harold Ramis on SCTV, 1977.
While Ramis had some memorable characters on the show, it was his preference for writing that spoke to me personally. His ability to create not just funny skits or amusing films, but memorable, genre-shaping, and impactful work is an inspiration we can all carry into our careers, whatever those careers may be. Hopefully, something creative.

Even still, I look around my office and I have a Mr. Stay Puft poster above my computer monitor and numerous Ghostbusters action figures lining my bookshelf. Hell, I have a painting of Slimer above my toilet. Without Ramis, my bathroom would have flowers or something of equal hotel-painting-calibre.

In tribute, we’ve rounded up some of our Ghostbusters coverage on the site:

Ghostbusters Spooktacular

The Real Ghostbusters Sleeping Bag

7 Baffling Real Ghostbusters Figures

Obsession of the Day: The Real Ghostbusters Score

Goblin Burger Sign

First Impressions of Second Times Around

 

Finally, we will leave you with this fantastic interview featuring his thoughts on CGI:

 

How about you?  What are your thoughts on the works of Harold Ramis?

3 Comments

  • “I’ve never felt bad for being the worst baseball player on the team, the
    slowest runner in class, or the person who always got hit first in
    dodge ball because early in my life I was shown that being better in
    other avenues instead was just fine (though, I certainly desire to be
    better at dodge ball).  So, thank you Harold Ramis (and Egon Spengler)
    for being one of the first cool nerds in mainstream media and inspiring a
    generation to be themselves.”

    THIS!
    Great tribute, brought up a lot of great memories. Living in the U.S. I still haven’t seen SCTV fully, but that’ll be remedied soon now for sure.
    Looking back on his body of work, I wonder just how someone creates such an impressive portfolio. It’s amazing the creativity that man had. I wonder what his personal life was like to be able to create so many great things. He is certainly missed by so many people.

  • MisterZero We’re glad that it brought up some good memories for you.  We’re at a loss without Harold Ramis.  Definitely try to catch some SCTV; it’s a classic!

  • Amen. Sweet write up for a classy guy. Just a couple of weeks ago, I bought an awesome Slimer print. Haven’t put it up for display yet, but maybe there’s a place above my toilet.

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