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Harold Ramis: We Saw Him First, Eh?

As a teenager, I assumed Harold Ramis was Canadian, or at the very least, a draft dodger. (Which he was, as a matter of fact.)

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Kathy Shaidle

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February 26, 2014 - 7:03 am
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The first SCTV bit I ever remember seeing was also the first one I thought of when I learned of Harold Ramis’s death.

For a split second, I hesitated referencing his fake PSA “So You’re Dead, Now What?” on my blog, which isn’t like me.

My instinct to run with it proved sound:

Ed Driscoll thought of it too, and then I saw it cited elsewhere, without a single “too soon!” complaint in the comments.

That’s rather startling, given our hypersensitive, easily offended, concern-trolling society.

Then again, maybe it isn’t.

To his credit, Harold Ramis’s daunting creative output contributed not a jot nor a tittle to the spread of the toxic, politically correct culture that metastasized during his lifetime.

For that alone, he deserves all the praise he’s been receiving this week.

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I loved the info-mercials for do-it-yourself kits (do-it-yourself dentistry, electro-shock therapy, etc.)
23 weeks ago
23 weeks ago Link To Comment
Thanks for the memories.

But Rob Ford is much more like Chris Farley than Tommy Shanks (or John Candy for that matter).

I hadn't seen Plainclothes Mountie in 30 years. Still hilarious
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
I never found the guy funny in the least and assumed that he must have used being a writer to get to act in a movie.
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yeah, not funny.

Egon Spengler: Don't cross the streams.
Peter Venkman: Why?
Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
Peter Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"?
Egon Spengler: Try to image all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Raymond Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Peter Venkman: Right. That's bad. Okay. Alright, important safety tip. Thanks Egon.
25 weeks ago
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The Egon character was pretty far out there on the Asperger's bell curve. He also had a great mad scientist pompadour hairstyle.
25 weeks ago
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Moe Green, and then Edith Prickly were the station managers of SCTV. Guy Caballero was the owner. Right?

What might have been if Harold Ramis journeyed west to Edmonton with the rest of the crew, because I consider the best stuff to have been made in Edmonton.

25 weeks ago
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Moe Green would have never sold out the Leutonian Liberation Front! So...
"you lose... comrade"
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
Thanks for this, Kathy.

R.I.P. Moe Green.
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