Sad news from the comedy world as yesterday we learned of the passing of the legendary comedic writer, director, and actor Harold Ramis. He is a man largely responsible for some of the biggest and most memorable film comedies of all-time that include National Lampoon’s Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day. Of course most of us will forever remember him in the role of Dr. Egon Spengler (a man whose hobbies included collecting “molds, spores and fungus”) in the iconic 1984 film Ghostbusters. Ramis of course was no stranger to the NYPL as you can see in the photo above from the day of the Ghostbusters film shoot at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street. To purposely (mis)quote Dr. Peter Venkman at the end of Ghostbusters: “See you on the other side Mr. Ramis.” You will be missed.
Working with students
Me to my colleague: Ciao!
Student Library Assistant: I think I heard that ciao is a dirty word in some language.
Me: Really? Let’s see. (Google search for “ciao profanity” - nothing. Google search for “chow profanity” - BINGO.)
Chow means ‘smelly’ or ‘filthy’ in Cantonese… needless to say the website helped us learn a number of colorful phrases like,“Your penis doesn’t stand a chance against mine.”
Paul McCartney gives a thumbs-up to screaming fans at New York’s John F. Kennedy Library. 50 years ago today the Fab Four arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, on their first visit to the United States on February 7, 1964.
This Week in Universal News: The Beatles Come to America
On this day, fifty years ago, the Beatles landed at New York City’s recently renamed John F. Kennedy airport. Here’s the report from Universal, complete with John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s trademark charm, screaming teenagers, and a condescending narrator that clearly does not take these Liverpudlians (or their fans) seriously.
From the release sheet:
QUICK, FRED, THE FLIT: There are rumors around that this is Britain’s revenge for the Boston Tea Party. You guessed it … the Beatles have arrived in the United States for their first appearance before an idolizing teen-age crowd, with the St. Vitus bounce. They take an airing in Central Park. No. There is no truth to the buzz that the Zoo’s laughing hyena was driven underground.
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