The Great Harold Ramis
Today, we've lost one of the true greats - writer, director, actor Harold Ramis. Perhaps you've seen one of his movies, Ghostbusters, Back To School, Stripes, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day or maybe National Lampoon's Vacation or Animal House.
Harold Ramis was a genius. A brilliant filmmaker, comedic actor, producer and creator who somehow managed to give comedic megaphone to misfits in an era when conformity was paramount, particularly in the big budget business of motion pictures.
In Stripes, Harold and Bill Murray starred late 70's flunkies who join the Army and manage to use their proclivity for breaking the rules to accidentally become heroes. A party, for me?
In Animal House, the overachieving underachiever Delta Tau Chi fraternity is targeted for expulsion from Faber College, but fight the powers that be with hysterically creative asymmetrical warfare. Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner?
In National Lampoon's Vacation, bumbling father Clark Griswold drags his family on a cross country road trip only to find out that their destination is closed for the season, whereupon the disrespected Dad finally reaches out and grabs some respect. The moose outside shoulda told ya!
And then there is Caddyshack, the greatest
golf movie ever made... a subversive, multi-layered tale of the haves vs. the have nots set within the confines of the Bushwood Country Club. As the great philosopher Basho once said "a flute with no holes is not a flute. And a donut with no holes is a danish." Hopefully that explains this.
The pages of this website are littered with quotes from Harold Ramis films - his wit oozes through every pixel of VegasTripping. We are the misfits and Harold Ramis was, and will always be, our big toe.
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