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Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary / Autographs / Cast And Crew Trivia

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jun. 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Cast & Crew
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30 years ago, on June 8, 1984, Ghostbusters premiered in movie theaters across the United States. To make the occasion, we here at Spook Central have a whole Calendar of Events/Updates planned for the entire month (subject to change, of course). This article makes the first of these special 30th anniversary updates.

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OFFICIAL GHOSTBUSTERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO
The "30th Anniversary" logo you see at the top of this article is the official logo created by Sony to celebrate the occasion. I have two copies of it available for you to download.
White Background (2790x1900)
Black Background (3300x2550) (provided by Salazar Orlando)

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MY GHOSTBUSTERS AUTOGRAPHS
One of the things I used to collect was autographs. In 2000 and 2001, I had a renewed interest in my autograph collecting hobby. I wrote to anybody and everybody that I had an interest in in the hope of adding a signed photo of them to my collection. Naturally, this included a lot of Ghostbusters cast and crew members. I recently sold out the majority of my collection - probably 1,000 photos and items - but still kept a small amount that are the most personal to me. I just scanned/re-scanned in all of the Ghostbusters autographs in my "new" collection, along with all of my non-Ghostbusters autographs. Except for a few script covers that I didn't bother to rescan, all of the new scans are nice and large, and completely watermark-free.

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CAST AND CREW TRIVIA
One of the side benefits to being so passionate about Ghostbusters and autograph collecting (in 2000 and 2001) is that a lot of folks were kind enough to send me copies (and sometimes originals) of episode scripts, art materials, production photos, and other assorted goodies that I have yet to share with all of you on this here website. A lot of the cast and crew wrote me notes and letters answering my questions and providing some insider information about their part in our beloved franchise. On my autographs page is not only scans of signed photos and script cover pages, but also scans of the notes and letters from these various cast and crew members. Below are text transcriptions of the tidbits of knowledge learned from these notes and letters.

Brooks Wachtel (Writer of EGB "The Luck Of The Irish" and "Back In The Saddle - Part 2")
May 9, 2001 - "Ghostbusters was a joy for me to work on. The story editor, Dean Stefan, is one of my favorites. His sense of humor and professionalism helped make it a real labor of love. Frank Squillace, the director, is also an old pal and - very unusually - I was able to keep informed (and give some input) on character design and storyboards. Not that an artist like Frank needs much input. Another unusual aspect of this production is that the writers were invited to the voice-over recording session (and allowed to give comments). All these things have the effect of producing some very happy memories."

Clyde Kusatsu (Guest voice in EGB "Eyes Of A Dragon" and "Fallout")
Circa 2001 - "In 'Extreme Ghostbusters' - 'Eyes Of A Dragon' episode I voiced two parts. The father/uncle (if I remember) and the dragon or whomever the main bad guy morphed from the uncle/father."

Joe Alaskey (Guest voice in EGB "Slimer's Sacrifice", "Bird of Prey", and "Deadliners")
Circa 2001 - "I did a few 'monster' voices for 'Ex' Ghostbusters'. Most had no names as I recall."

Joe Landon (Writer of RGB "Three Men And An Egon")
May 31, 2001 - "You probably realize that Chuck Menville and his partner, Len Janson were responsible for the contents of 'The Real Ghostbusters' series. Chuck died many years ago, and even though we didn't know each other well, I considered him my friend. He was a very modest person, who was extremely generous in the way he worked with other people. The script of the show credited to me was largely rewritten, I presume by Chuck, so any credit should rightfully be given to him and Len."

Joseph Kuhr (Writer of EGB "Eyes Of A Dragon")
July 10, 2001 - "I'm glad you enjoyed the 'Eyes of a Dragon' episode of Extreme Ghostbuslers. I did quite a bit of research into Chinese languages, culture, and mythology for that episode and I think the entire cast and crew did a bang-up job. It's one of my favorites."

Jules Dennis (Writer of RGB "20,000 Leagues Under the Street", "Attack of the B-Movie Monsters", "The Treasure of Sierra Tamale", "Guess What's Coming to Dinner", and "Mean Green Teen Machine")
Circa 2001 - "Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters was the first cartoon I worked on and certainly one of my favorites. (I loved writing dialogue for Egon!) All the episodes I did were co-written with Richard Mueller - there was some misunderstanding between Richard and DIC that resulted in his name being omitted. They were supposed to correct that, but I guess they never did. Richard and I also wrote a Married with Children episode together, then spoofed the Bundy family in the Ghostbusters episode 'Guess What's Coming to Dinner?'"

Mark Amato (Writer of EGB "The Ghostmakers")
May 19, 2001 - "Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of the original script to send you. Believe it or not, I wrote both of these episodes from the comfort of my home -- and emailed the finished scripts into the producer. I did manage to go to the recording session, which was quite a trip! To hear the words read aloud by the performers. All you can imagine is their celluloid counterparts."

Marty Isenberg (Writer of EGB "True Face Of A Monster")
July 1, 2002 - "It's funny, I was going through old script files recently and thinking how Extreme Ghostbusters was the greatest show that nobody ever saw. It's nice to know there are still some fans out there. [...] It may also interest you to know (if you don't know already) that Bob Skir and I served as story editors on the series, overseeing eleven additional episodes ('Sonic Youth', 'Ghost-Apocalyptic Future', 'Slimer's Sacrifice', 'Seeds of Destruction', 'In Your Dreams', 'The Jersey Devil Made Me Do It', 'Rage', 'Witchy Women', 'Eyes of a Dragon', 'Temporary Insanity', and 'Glutton for Punishment')."

Michael P. Moran (Frank the building superintendent in GB2)
April 26, 2001 - "I wanted to respond to you much sooner and since you are particularly interested in Ghostbusters I wanted to include some photographic material the film had sent me at the end of production. I had unfortunately lost track of where this material was, but I have most recently found it. (See enclosed photographs) I don't know if you have the studio photo of the gang, but here's a copy. Also this is the official cast and crew photo of 'Ghostbusters II' I'm not in this picture, as I was not in California at the end of filming, but did my part in New York early in the production. These are laser copies of the originals sent to me."

Pat Fraley (Guest voice in EGB "The Unseen" and "Back In The Saddle - Part 2", voice of Jake Kong Jr. in Filmation's GB)
Circa 2001 - Q: I know that you were in the Extreme Ghostbusters episodes "The Unseen" and "Back In The Saddle - Part 2," though I can't figure out which characters you provided the voices for. If you can tell me, I'd be most appreciative.
A: Paul, I was covering 'Ray', usually done by Frank Welker, who was unavailable for the two sessions. Regards, P.F."

Rino Romano (Eduardo Rivera in EGB)
November 20, 2000 - "So nice to hear from you - I've seen your name online many times - the GHOSTBUSTERS website rocks! That show was, quite frankly, my favorite. Eduardo was indeed a goof - but a very lovable one with his heart in the right place. I only wish they'd 've done more episodes - then we'd finally see what was to become of him & the elusive Kylie. (I have my suspicions as to the outcome...)"

While most of the cast and crew sent me short letters or notes, three actors sent me very detailed multi-page letters. These have been archived on the autographs page as PDFs. Text transcriptions are below.

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