Harold Ramis was an integral part of my childhood in the same way that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Optimus Prime were. His work was such a constant in my early years it's hard to even imagine me having a childhood without his influence. Harold Ramis may have been more influential on my formative sense of humor than any other writer. The man gave us Animal House, Caddyshack, Meatballs, Stripes, Back to School and Groundhog Day. These were all staples in our house and my dad, my brother and I wore out our VHS copies of all these movies. For me, and most people of my generation I'd wager, Harold Ramis set the standard for what is considered to be funny.
Most importantly, he gave us Ghostbusters. And as we all know, Ghostbusters is the greatest movie ever made.
It makes me sad that Harold Ramis is gone.