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February 25, 2014

Harold Ramis 1944-2014

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:31 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sunny, brisk, peaceful island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Tuesday morning, the 25th day of February, 2014 and it is a sad day for this reporter here on this little sand bar created by the Last Great Ice Age 11,500 years ago…, for yesterday one of my all time heroes in this world died at the young age of 69.  Harold Ramis passed from this earthly plane in Chicago on Monday due to complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, and took with him all the talent he displayed while living so briefly in this often cruel and hurtful world.

He pushed comedy to a different level and brought MUCH joy to people all over the world with his acting, his directing, but none so much as his WRITING!  Considered comic royalty in the 1970’s and 1980’s with hit movie after hit satirical gem–movies that every comedian worth his/her salt praised–John Belushi being the first, starring in Harold’s first co-written success, monster success in 1978 with “National Lampoon’s Animal House”, where a fraternity goes to war against the Dean of “Faber College” in upstate New York.  It did not stop there, he went on to create and sometimes star in movies you might recall, such as “Ghostbusters”, “Stripes”, “Groundhog Day”, “Analyze This”, “Analyze That” and of course, “Caddyshack”, my personal favorite.  “Buy Bushwood! You, You! You saw it, he tried to choke me!”  “He called me an Orangutang, he thinks I’m his wife…” (credit the aforementioned film and the late, greats Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield).

When I was a relatively young lad at UVM, University of Vermont in the 80’s, I was first introduced to Harold’s early work with Bill Murray in a little boot leg ‘National Lampoon’ tape called, “That’s not funny, it’s sick”, a journey I highly recommend, for it proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that this comic GENIUS only comes around once in a blue moon, upon first hearing it, I laughed harder and longer than I ever have.  It is rare, like I have already said, that we get to be invited into the mind of such a great writer, actor, director and human being who has a special place in this humble commentator’s heart, for he gave me courage to write what I want and to hell with the ‘establishment’, an establishment, like Bushwood, that is getting rather stale don’t you think?  Ramis once said, “…comedy is inherently subversive”, hallelujah brother!  He went on to say, “…We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes, we attack the winners.”  And Paul Weingarten once wrote in The Chicago Tribune Magazine in 1983, “Harold Ramis has shaped this generation’s idea of what is funny…”, and I would say he will continue to do so for a very, very long time, for pure comedy like that does not die, like wine, it just gets better with age.

So on this rather selfishly sad day for many in the writer’s world and beyond, I bid GOD’S SPEED to Sir Harold Ramis, the King of Comedy. I will leave you with some of the more memorable quotes from his brilliant and tragically short career… “I don’t ‘tink ‘da heavy stuff is gonna come down for quite a while, I’d keep playing…” (Caddyshack), “…chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear and when I do, it’s usually something pretty unusual…” (Stripes), “I don’t think it’s fair that you extort money from the college Carmine.., “If you mention the word extortion again, I’ll have your legs broken…” (Animal House), “…when I have been pushed.  I think it’s about time for somebody teach this varmint a little lesson about what it’s like to be an upstanding member of society… pumpin’ about 15,000 gallons of water down there to teach you a little bit of a lesson, is that it?  I ‘tink it is!” (Carl Spakler, played by Bill Murray, in the classic film about country clubs and the one percent v. the lowly help called caddies, centered around the golf club of BUSHWOOD).  May you rest in peace my brother in arms and I hope you get to make God laugh, ’cause you know you made all of US laugh until we cried.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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