Happy 30th Anniversary, Ghostbusters!
It was the summer of 1984, and it just so happened there WAS something strange in our neighborhood. The feelings of dread in our basements and/or attics, the strange noises in the night, the spooks and spectres and ghosts - none of that stuff was helping. We needed someone to believe us and help. We were in desperate need of a hero, and we got four of them.
Ray, Egon, Peter, and Winston: four men in beige with unlicensed nuclear accelerators strapped to their backs. A quartet of heroic archetypes, like a phantom-bashing Three Musketeers and d'Artagnan, risked their own lives and saved the world from annihilation. Sure we love the Ghostbusters. But as the 30th anniversary of the first film draws nigh, we started thinking about exactly why we love them.
Sure the movie had comedy and ghosts and special gear and lots of marshmallow, but there's one thing that stood out as the main reason we connected so strongly with this film. At its core, Ghostbusters is about people who are outside the norm succeeding where others failed by being brave enough to use science to solve their problems. So what if the ghosts aren't science (yet?), the Ghostbusters' equipment (Proton Packs, Containment Grid, P.K.E. Meter, etc.) is . . . at least, in the world of the film it is.
See, as children, we weren't exactly normal. We didn't just march to the beat of a different drummer, we programmed the dang drum machine ourselves. Egon and friends showed us that being different was okay. And liking science was okay. And using science to solve problems was more than okay: it was heroic. Thirty years later, isn't that a good message for the next generation of geeks to learn?
Written by our resident Ghostbuster & all-around amazing monkey Mindel.