calling no more

We woke this morning to the news that Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler) of Ghostbusters fame has passed away at the age of 69. I feel as though an old friend, or a kind but not seen too often uncle, has died.


For you see, when SON was three and four years of age, the Ghostbusters movies were at their height. While his sisters were at school, he would watch the movies on video over and over again. He had all the action figures, and a ghost busting gun that shot foam projectiles at imaginary ghosts while he searched for ectoplasm. His world was ghostbusters to the extent that his grandmother sewed him a little ghostbusters costume, a pair of overalls, that he would wear day in day out and just like a favourite sookie rug could only be washed when he was asleep at night. I still have then, faded, the hem marks a reminder of how he grew along with his imagination.

When he started kindergarten, he signed all his paintings, EGON, the first word he learnt to spell! His kindergarten teacher asked me one day if Egon was his middle name.

Son was going to grow up and be a scientist. He said he was going to build a big house for himself, and another house, behind his for me (I have no idea if his father came into the equation! Some things are better not to ask!)

On summer holidays at the beach, we heard on the radio that the ghostbusters car was touring and would be on show in our area that afternoon. The excitement of our little boy as he got to see the “real” ghostbusters car, is a lasting memory.

Eventually he outgrew his overalls, and ninja turtles replaced ghostbusters, but there for awhile we knew exactly “who you gonna call.”

R.I.P. Harold Ramis. Thank you for making one little boy’s imagination take flight.

4 thoughts on “calling no more

  1. Someone posted a photo yesterday of the New York fire station where the Ghostbuster’s office was. They had mounted the Ghostbusters sign above their door. I’m assuming it was specifically due to the news of Mr. Ramis’ passing, although with Internet photos, you never know. I thought it was cool anyway.

    I haven’t seen any of his other movies, but they are comedy classics, by all accounts.


  2. He was a writer/director as well as an actor. He wrote and directed caddyshack, groundhog day, analyze this and National Lampoon’s Vacation. He co-wrote the movies Stripes and he was head writer for SCTV and co-wrote Ghostbusters. He was a very talented man. Very much RIP, Egon. And thanks FD for remembering him.


  3. This is the nicest bit of writing I’ve read about the passing of Harold Ramis. I hope someone who knows his family or is linked to larger news services sees this and sends the link out. I think they would be touched to know there was a little boy out there who was a dedicated fan to Egon Spengler.


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