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Covering Harold Ramis: From the social media desk

Harold Ramis is dead, and what a loss it is. He was one of the most influential comedic voices of my generation, and it’s so hard to imagine the world without such a talented guy.

chi-harold-ramis-dead-20140224Think about it: Here’s a guy who wasn’t afraid of no ghosts. A guy who started on SCTV and played a role in some of the world’s most iconic movies, from “Stripes” to “Ghostbusters” to “Groundhog Day” and “Caddyshack.”

Ramis was a Chicago guy. Covering this story here from my chair as social media editor of the Chicago Tribune is different than it would have been anywhere else. Thinking of all the ways to report on the impact he has had has been bittersweet to say the least.

I ran what we call here in the newsroom a Scribble, a liveblog of mostly celebrity reaction powered by Scribble Live. Tweets like this make me happy and sad at the same time.

In addition to a great story and look at his legacy by the Tribune’s Mark Caro, we had a few photo galleries here and here, along with a video playlist containing an interview with Ramis on Letterman in 1983 to talk about a new film called “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

And here’s a little bonus. A Spotify playlist featuring the music of Ghostbusters and of course Ghostbusters II.

I think I speak for everyone when I say:

So they packed up their group, got a grip, came equipped
Grabbed they Proton packs off their back and they split
Found about Vigo, the master of evil
Try to battle my boys? That’s not legal.

(Oh-we-oh) Y-Y-Ya know it.

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