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Ghostbusters Presents of Birthdays Past

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jun. 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Personal, Fans
Although I've been running this website for 20 years, my love of Ghostbusters goes back much further than that. In honor of my birthday today, let's take a look back at a few of my past birthdays and the Ghostbusters presents I received for them.

Jumping into the DMC Wayback Tardis Phone Booth that I rented from Mr. Wells, let's set the time circuits to 1987 and see what little 10-year-old Paul got for his birthday. Yeah, little Paul rarely had his eyes opened when he took photos.

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Hey, look, there are two Remco The Karate Kid action figures of Mr. Miyagi and Sato. From what I remember, they didn't have a kung-fu grip, but they did have karate chopping action. They both came with a plastic wooden board or something to "break". There's also a Copy Cat game that I don't remember at all, though it looks to be a Simon ripoff. A small Labyrinth ball maze game and some clothes are also present. The Ghostbusters item here is the Kenner H2 Ghost. I wonder how long that will stay mint on card?

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Not very long, apparently. By the way, that's my sister Michelle in the above photo.

For that same birthday, I also got the Kenner Sludge Bucket Gooper Ghost, which came with a can of Ecto Plazm.

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I was setting it up so that...

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...ol' Sludgy could blow an impressive gooey bubble.

Let's jump ahead to June 1988 and see that the 11th birthday haul was.

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The Ghostbusters item of note is issue #1 of NOW's The Real Ghostbusters comic book series. While I no longer have the birthday copy, I still have that issue...and signed by writer James Van Hise, no less. The rest of the presents tell you exactly what decade I grew up in. There's a WWF Magazine with Randy "Macho Man" Savage (OOOH YEAH!) on the cover (July 1988 issue), an ALF doll with a playable record which was a Burger King promo (there were four in the set each with its own record/song - Take Me ALF To The Ballgame [came with my ballplayer ALF], Melmac Rock, Cooking with Alf, Melmac Girls), a pack of Micro Machines miniature toy cars, a few packs of Garbage Pail Kids Series 13 cards (to the left of S'Math sitting in front of the Camelot game and above the "World" on the science kit box), a pack of Topps Baseball cards, an UNO Dice game (I forgot that ever existed! - though now it comes in a soda can), a Legend of Camelot board game, The Broadway Game (not sure why I got that), some edutainment stuff (S'Math, Rand McNally Destination: Vacation board game, and a science kit), a Toblerone chocolate bar, and some other stuff I can't identify.

The small group of preceding photos may not represent all of the Ghostbusters presents I ever received for my various birthdays. This article is the result of finding these photos in a family album while looking for something else. There may be more photos in albums I did not search, and I don't know what photos were lost forever thanks to Hurricane Sandy, so please don't think that I only received Ghostbusters presents for just these two birthdays. I do know that I received the Making Ghostbusters book for my birthday in 1997. I also dressed up as Peter Venkman for Halloween 1988.
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