Monday, February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis America's Favorite Writer Passes at 69

Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis is my favorite writer even though I never read one word of his on a page. He's my favorite nonetheless, and that's true for many Americans. In fact, it's a safe bet that someone somewhere on the planet is quoting Harold Ramis at every moment of every day. Ramis wrote (or co-wrote) some of the best film comedies of all time including Caddyshack, Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon's Vacation and Meatballs among others. He also wrote hilarious radio and album skits for National Lampoon Radio Hour with Bill Murray and John Belushi that many people have never heard of.
Go to any job site or bar where the average age is over 35 and real off some quotes from Ramis movies--guaranteed in no time people will join in. Personally, I can quote at least a hundred lines, and if I watch the films again,I can quote closer to a thousand in real time. Can you do that for Shakespeare, King and Rowling? Harold Ramis made us laugh with the same lines time and time again with humor that never grew old.

-And I say, "Hey, Lama, how about a little something, you know, for the effort." And he says, "Oh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice. (Caddyshack)

-This is a hybrid. This is a cross of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensimillia. The amazing stuff about this is, you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff. (Caddyshack)

-This crowd has gone deadly silent, a Cinderella story outta nowhere, a former greens-keeper, now about to become The Masters champion (swings club). It looks like a miraculous... it's in the hole! It's in the hole! (Caddyshack)

-I've sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn't want to do it. I felt I owed it to them. (Caddyshack)

-Chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear and when I do it's usually something unusual. (Stripes)

-I've always been kind of a pacifist. When I was a kid, my father told me, "Never hit anyone in anger, unless you're absolutely sure you can get away with it." I don't know what kind of soldier I'm gonna make, but I want you guys to know that if we ever get into real heavy combat... I'll be right behind you guys every step of the way. (Stripes)

-Well, let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. According to this morning's sample, it would be a Twinkie... thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds. (Ghostbusters)

-I think you're all fucked in the head. We're ten hours from the fucking fun park and you want to bail out. Well I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun, and you're gonna have fun... We're all gonna have so much fucking fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles! You'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of your assholes! (Vacation)

-Hey, hey, easy kids. Everybody in the car. Boat leaves in two minutes... or perhaps you don't want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away? (Vacation)

God bless you, Harold Ramis. You passed away today at 69 from complications due to an infection, but you forever infected us with your comic genius and classic films. You live on in our hearts, our minds and definitely on the tips of our tongues.

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