If you haven't heard yet, Harold Ramis passed away today. You may or may not know the name, but you should. He is responsible for bringing you some of the funniest movies of the last 35 years. These are just some of the movies he either acted in, wrote or directed:

Animal House, Meatballs, National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters (I and II) and Groundhog Day. And those are just the cream of the crop.

He was also a writer and part of the cast of the "National Lampoon Radio Hour", which played on a lot of radio stations in the late 1970's, including the the college radio station I scammed my way onto, when I was 16, in St.Charles, MO. I loved it so much, I "permanently borrowed" one of the reel to reel tapes it came on. Some say the "National Lampoon Radio Hour" was the precursor to "Saturday Night Live" because not only did it have Harold but it starred his friends from Chicago - John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. He was also on the TV show "SCTV", which was a strange little Canadian TV show that a lot of people (my cooler friends) thought was funnier than "SNL".

And before he got into movies, he was the joke editor for "Playboy" magazine. And, besides the interviews, the jokes were the only reason I ever read "Playboy" magazine.

Here's Harold Ramis (he played "Ziskey") with Bill Murray and John Candy in a famous scene from "Stripes".


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