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R.I.P. Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

I guess it’s fair to say that he’ll have two legacies. Because for those of a certain age, he will always be a Ghostbuster. Three years before that, he first teamed on-screen with buddy Bill Murray, as the directionless English instructor in “Stripes”(“da do run run run, da do run run!“). That’s a relatively iconic resume on its own, because all three films(including “Ghostbusters” and its 1989 sequel)were smash hits. But probably his true strength was as a writer and director of comedies, and he sports at least a *quartet of classic rib-ticklers to prove it. 1980’s “Caddyshack”, 1983’s “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, 1993’s “Groundhog Day” and 1999’s “Analyze This” are among the most quotable comedy classics of the last 30 plus years. And outside of “Vacation”, Harold Ramis penned the screenplays for them all. It was with heavy heart, that I learned today of the passing of this triple threat talent. And to pay homage to the brilliant “Groundhog Day”, I’d like to wish that Mr. Ramis now finds himself rising to the soothing sounds of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You, Babe”, and walks outside into the perfect place, and begins an exceptional day…that never ends. We will miss you, Harold Ramis.

*editor’s note: I feel I would be remiss without adding, that years before directing the listed four-set of films, and writing three of them, Ramis was also among the team that penned the stratosphere-reaching, box office comedy giant in 1978’s “National Lampoon’s Animal House”.   ML

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