The wonderful Harold Ramis sadly passed away on Monday from a rare disease he had. He was living in the Chicago area -- in fact, he had moved back to Glencoe quite a few years ago, the town where I grew up.
A graduate of Second City, he was best known for writing and directing Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and Analyze That, among many others, and he also starred in and co-wrote Ghostbusters.
But that's not why I'm writing about him -- much as I enjoyed his work. It's because this below is the photograph that the Huffington Post used in their frontpage story about him.
I mean, seriously, what on Earth were they thinking???
That's the best photo of Harold Ramis they could come up with?????!!
The last movie that Harold wrote and directed was Year One. That was only five years ago, in 2009. That photo looks like the last movie he made had actually been in in Year One.
Not only is it black-and-white. And with a bleak, grim expression. And out of focus. But the photo is so grainy they could make a cereal out of it. Especially given that the headline called him a comedy "legend," it looks like he made movies during the 1930s. Or maybe even the silent era. I can imagine something thinking, "What's his name? Harold something? Oh, right, Harold Lloyd."
That's the photo they came up with??? THAT?! I don't even begin to understand it.
Just to get the bad taste out of your head, here's what they should have used.
Or at the very least, if they wanted fans of Ghostbusters or Stripes to recognize him immediately, they could have used this --
Those took me about 90 seconds to find. I found others I could have used just as well in about 12 seconds.
I can't even begin to grasp what the Huffington Post was doing. I was going to say "what they were thinking," but I don't believe that the process of "thinking" was involved...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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