A Harold Ramis Memorial Sprung Up at Ghostbusters HQ

I’ve been a longtime fan of Ghostbusters and Harold Ramis. In fact, if I were to list my top ten favorite comedies than Ramis films would take up half of that list. Without his indelible mark on comedy we wouldn’t have Apatow. When I first saw the news, through a friend’s Facebook status as these things go, I didn’t want to believe it. I knew he had been sick in the past years but there was always talk of a (completely unnecessary) Ghostbusters film. I don’t know if I can completely process the loss of such a great comedy mind (and one who always seemed so down to earth). His importance and contributions should never be forgotten.

Despite my early-ish shift, I decided to take advantage of living in Manhattan and make an early morning pilgrimage to Hook and Ladder 8, the NYPD station that stood for Ghostbusters HQ. I didn’t know what I’d find there. But I couldn’t miss it as I arrived. It’s an image burned into my mind. Except, this morning, the garbage men were there. Fortunately, they left the modest memorial alone, only taking a few moments to look on, confused. They watched me snap these photos before they moved on. And as the New York sun rose, I took a few moments of silence.

Rest in Peace, Egon.


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Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien

Michael graduated with a degree in Creative Writing with a minor in Film Studies from Western Kentucky University in 2009. He currently lives with his wife, two cats (and Netflix account) in NYC. He has published short stories on and He has published poems in The Poetry Gymnasium by Dr. Tom Hunley and in The Roundtable.