I sing of filmic talent Harold Ramis,
Who for his comic genius was quite famous.
His soul, departing, found its way to Hades:
Far from the ideal place to charm the ladies.
And yet he faced his fate direct and square-on,
For when he met that vulgar Boatman, Charon,
Addressing him with breathless, laughing screams,
He said, “Is that the Styx? Don’t cross that stream!”
Harold Ramis, 1944-2014. Requiescat in pace.
Harold Ramis, jokester for a generation, has passed away at the age of 69.
Along with Chris Miller and the late Doug Kenney (one of the founders of the National Lampoon Magazine), Ramis wrote the script for Animal House, the first of many brilliant comedies. Whether acting, writing, directing, or producing, he left his imprint on some of the most memorable filmic comedies of the past four decades. Ghostbusters, Stripes, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, and Back to School are but a few.
The man was brilliant. I’ll miss him, now that the Ghostbuster has become a ghost himself.
Ave atque vale, Harold! Alas that you have one more stream to cross: the Styx.