Film director/writer Harold Ramis has passed away.
He had a remarkable career creating some very successful motion pictures – Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation. He was also involved with the highly influential National Lampoon Radio Hour and the SCTV television series.
In the LOUIE LOUIE universe, the Animal House movie was a pivotal piece of pop culture, re-igniting the world to the power of the song LOUIE LOUIE and toga parties.
Harold was one of the writers on the screenplay of that movie, working with Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller to adapt the script from stories written by Miller orginally published in National Lampoon magazine. The stories were based on Miller’s experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College. Other influences on the film came from Ramis’s experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, and producer Ivan Reitman’s experiences at Delta Upsilon at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Rest in peace, Harold. You shall not be forgotten.