SPOOK CENTRAL STAFF
Listed below are all of the members of the Spook Central staff. Click on a name to e-mail that person via a webform, but please read the information below the staff list to see if your concern can be better handled elsewhere first.
Paul Rudoff - original creator, webmaster, author, and curator.
Paul has been a Ghosthead (Ghostbusters fan) since his childhood. He has fond memories of watching The Real Ghostbusters on Saturday mornings on ABC and weekday afternoons on WNYW/Fox 5, while collecting the Kenner toys and eating the Ghostbusters cereal. While he first saw Ghostbusters on television (probably the edited-for-television ABC broadcast in 1987
), he saw Ghostbusters II in a movie theater in 1989 as an early 12th birthday present, and distinctly remembers seeing scenes that haven't been present in any home video release of the film. Ghostbusters is the only one of his childhood interests that has carried over into his adult life. In August 1996
, Paul created Spook Central because no other website had the content he was looking for; and it provided him with a way of sharing the materials he had in his collection. Thanks to Spook Central, he was a design consultant and a contributor of research and art materials for TimeLife's The Real Ghostbusters: Complete Collection DVD box set
. He was also drawn into an issue of IDW's Ghostbusters comic book series
by renouned artist "Dapper" Dan Schoening.
Matthew Jordan - ebook image cleaner, comic book guru, Facebook page admin.
Matt's love of Ghostbusters started in September of 1986 when The Real Ghostbusters premiered on ABC. In the years after The Real Ghostbusters ended, he moved on to other things, though he never forgot the series and the two films related to it. After a brief rekindling in the late 1990s due to Extreme Ghostbusters, his interest in Ghostbusters died down until late 2007, when the news of a new Ghostbusters video game was enough to bring the disillusioned fan back to the fandom...and he's stayed ever since. In addition to being the lead administrator and editor at Ghostbusters Wiki
, Matt was responsible for getting the Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project
here at Spook Central off the ground in 2011 when he offered to scan in his copy of "Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular" by Richard Mueller.
Raffaele Ruffaldi - website technical advisor and special blog contributor.
Seeing Ghostbusters at age 4 had unbeknownst side effects on Raffaele. Despite being a victim of Batmania and the Ninja Turtles in his teen years, he came back to the fandom just in time to see its bond to the Boys in Gray grow stronger. His love of Ghostbusters, computers, and visual effects, led him to publish Ecto-Web
in 1998. For the last decade, Raffaele has been working in the shadows with Paul on Spook Central, and is planning to merge some Ecto-Web content (including its pioneering Videogames section) into Spook Central in the near future.
Doreen Mulman - Facebook page admin. (1961-2014)
A Ghosthead since the 1980s, Doreen has been a known member of the Ghostbusters online community since 1997, when she, and her friend Nora Salisbury, shared several interesting messages
with Paul Rudoff on Bill Emkow's Ghostbusters Message Board. That not only lead to a continued friendship with Paul, but also to the creation of the Ghostbusters Fan Forum
on December 4, 1997, which Doreen and Nora ran until October 31, 2008 when AOL decided to no longer provide their members with free webspace. She also maintained the official websites
of several voice artists, including Frank Welker
(Ray and Slimer in The Real Ghostbusters), Tara Strong
(Kylie in Extreme Ghostbusters), and Laura Summer
(first Janine in The Real Ghostbusters).
• Doreen passed away on March 14, 2014
at the young age of 52. Her last post on the Spook Central Facebook page was on February 28, 2014
, which was a link to an article about the minor league baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens, wearing Ghostbusters-inspired uniforms for a May 30th game in honor of the film's 30th anniversary and Harold Ramis' recent death.
- Please take a minute to read the Help section. This section contains information on using materials from this site, issues with the embedded media player, banners and buttons to use to link to this site, and much more! If your question is already covered in the Help section, we won't bother replying to your message.
- If you have a question that's related to Ghostbusters in general, and not particularly about something on this site, you'll get a quicker (and possibly better) response by posting your question to one of the following message boards: GB Fans or EctoZone.
- Attention GameFaqs Visitors - If you're coming over from GameFaqs because of the guides Paul has posted there, please read these answers to frequently asked questions.
- Please ask first before sending very large attachments, and don't send executable files.
- Some of us are not always online every day. Usually you won't have to wait more than a couple of days to receive a personal reply from any of us, but on rare occassions some of us (especially Paul) can be offline for a week or so. Please be patient and you'll get a reply as soon as we can give you one. Also, some of us only speak ENGLISH. So, please don't write in any other language (online translators aren't perfect). Thanks.
Spook Central Help
If you have trouble playing any video clips, audio clips, or have any problems with this site, this page should provide you with some information to help you out. There are also some answers to some general frequently asked questions about Ghostbusters listed here too (most of them are located at the bottom of the page).
Q: What are the minimum system requirements for properly viewing this website?
A: WEB BROWSER: I personally recommend Mozilla's SeaMonkey, which is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. If you don't need the built-in html editor and e-mail/newsgroup client, you can use SeaMonkey's more famous cousin Firefox, also available for the same operating systems. Google Chrome is also another good option. PDF VIEWER: To view the scripts, game manuals, etc., you'll need a PDF viewer. If you're using Windows, get PDF-Xchange Viewer. If you're using a non-Windows system, please try to find your own PDF viewer, or else you'll be stuck with the big and bloated Adobe Reader.
Q: Can I use some of your pictures, audio, etc. on my site?
A: You may take ten pictures of your choice (excluding personal photos and pictures expressly given to me by others for this site only), upload them to your site, and use them in any way you wish. Edit them, create a collage, use them in a layout: I don't care. However, only if you put a link saying where you found them (i.e. This picture is from Spook Central and is used with permission) can you do this.
In regards to the pictures that you take, I do kindly ask that you don't take all or most of the pictures from one particular section. Take a couple and say that more can be found on Spook Central. By the way, notice that I only mentioned pictures. Audio, video, text, and other files are for this site only. Thanks for respecting my wishes. (I don't e-mail pics, so if you can't figure out a way to download the ones on this site, then I can't help you.)
Q: Could you send me some files?
A: No. Everything that I want to provide to the public can be found on this site. You either download it here or you don't get it at all. None of the files on my site require any special tools in order to be able to download them. If you can't figure it out, you're out of luck.
Q: I have a web site. Could you put a link to my site on yours?
A: It depends. All sites that I've linked to on this site are considered by me to be good, original web sites, with original material. They are sites that interest me. If you have a site that you think might be appropriate for one of the areas of this site (Ghostbusters or non-Ghostbusters), you can tell me about it, but there's no guarantee that I'll link to it. I reserve the right to deny a link to any site at my discretion. If you want to put a link to my site on your site, feel free, but you are under no obligation to do so. Just because you put a link to my site on yours, does not mean that you are entitled to have a link to your site on mine.
Q: Do you have ___ [name of request here] ___?
A: Everything I have is available on this site. If you can't find what you're looking for here, use Google to search the web.
Q: I'm designing my own web page. Can you help me out with some of the code?
A: I'm sorry, but again I am busy enough working on my own page to be helping other people build theirs.
Q: Where did you get all those Deleted Scene pics and sounds?
A: They come from a variety of sources, which includes: the GB1 DVD, Criterion's GB1 laserdisc, the GB1 picture storybook, the GB2 picture storybook, the GB1 calendar, the GB1 novel, the GB2 novel, and some GB2 television spots and trailers. Most of these sources can be bought in the store.
Q: Where can I buy ____ [name of merchandise] ___?
A: Check out Spook Central's Ghostbusters Store.
Q: Why weren't all of the deleted scenes from Ghostbusters on the DVD or Blu-ray, especially the ones from the laserdisc?
A: Since I had no part in the making of the home video releases (I wish I did), I can only speculate on the subject. After seeing the deleted scenes and the before & after special effects footage on the home video releases, I believe that the home video crew had an entire workprint (or rough cut, pre-effects) of the film at their disposal. There is undoubtly a lot more deleted footage in that workprint than the 10 scenes they showed us. Perhaps they decided to just include 10 scenes, 10 being a nice even number, and opted for what they believed to be the 10 best deleted scenes in the workprint. The laserdisc contains 2 deleted scenes, one of which is on the home video releases (it's part of the City Hall loading dock scene). The other is a scene of the three guys walking down the stairs to their university lab discussing their prospects of winning the Nobel Prize. This was probably in the aforementioned workprint, but the home video crew probably didn't think that it was as good as the other 10 scenes.
Q: A lot of the Ghostbusters: The Video Game PC video files contain multiple audio tracks. Do you know of a way to just keep the English audio?
A: No, I don't. I'm also looking for a way to keep just the English audio, as well. That's why I've only been able to upload a few select videos to the Spook Central Facebook page. Only the few videos with Engligh-only audio, music-only audio, or no audio, and the two I recorded directly while playing the game, were able to be uploaded properly. The others would lose the audio completely if I upload them to Facebook or anywhere else. Trust me, I tried.
Q: Where can I find the script to Arcade, Men In Black, and The Wizard Of Oz?
A: In addition to all of the Ghostbusters-related movie and tv scripts you currently see on this site, I transcribed the scripts for those three movies. I gave copies of them to one site and one site only: The Daily Script (archived). However, other people have taken the three scripts and placed them all over the internet. The good ones kept my transcribers intact. The bad ones removed it. Here's where you can find them: Arcade, Men In Black, and The Wizard Of Oz. All of the aforementioned links are from an archived copy of The Daily Script.
Q: What are the answers to the questions you're frequently asked about the guides you have posted over at GameFaqs?
A: Please understand the following:
- GAMEFAQS IS THE ONLY SITE THAT CAN HOST MY GUIDES! It says this in every single guide right by the link to my e-mail page. Don't waste my time asking if you can host my guides because the answer is NO. All e-mails of this nature will be deleted right away.
- I DO NOT PROVIDE ANY TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR MY GUIDES. All of the information I have is in the guides, and I write in a straightforward clear manner, so you shouldn't have any problems understanding what I've written in my guides. Plus there are some guides for which I no longer own the games that they're written about. In general, if a guide is on the "Final" version, then I'm completely done with it.
- I CAN NOT HELP WITH YOU ANYTHING THAT MY GUIDES ARE NOT ABOUT. I frequently get mail from people who see "Mission" in the title of my Mission Select Mod guides and think that I can help them pass missions. They apparently don't actually READ the guide and see that it's about a code that lets you play missions whenever you want, not a guide about the missions themselves. There are plenty of walkthroughs over at GameFaqs. Consult one of them. Also, some folks see "Mod" in the title and think I can help them with game modifications. Again, if they actually READ the guide they'd see that Mod is short for Modifier (as in you can modify the code with different digits), not Modification (as in altering the game code or contents).
- DON'T ASK ME ABOUT THE SUPERMAN OUTFIT FOR GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS. This actually relates to number 3, but since I've actually gotten a few e-mails specifically about this, I'll address it separately. I don't have a guide that relates to GTA modding, so I have no idea why people e-mail me about this. Besides, you can't mod the PS2 version of any game, which is the only version of GTA that I have guides about.
- DON'T ASK ME FOR GAME PLAY TIPS FOR GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME. As stated in my Tobin's Spirit Guide guides, all of the descriptions came from files on the game disc. I did not get that information from playing the game itself.
- USING/RESIGNING PLAYSTATION 3 GAME SAVES: I really wish GameFaqs would include info on their site telling people how to resign PS3 saves because most saves on their site are useless without this information. They make it seem like it's a simple "download and copy to your console" routine, but it's a little more involved than that. They also don't let contributors "update" their saves (you have to request deletion and then reupload as a new save), so I can't update my older saves with "blank user" versions. My newer saves are all "blank user" versions (they're listed as "not account locked/no resigning needed"), though I always suggest resigning anyway, just to ensure you can unlock trophies. For resigning, I personally use Bruteforce Save Data (BFSD). You can find some info and download links on my PlayStation page (on the PlayStation 3 tab). I should have enough basic info there for you to be able to figure it out. If not, search Google and YouTube for instructional guides/videos. BFSD is a very popular program so you'll have no problems finding help :-) Once you get the hang of it, it'll be really easy to use any more saves you download in the future.
Q: What items do you need for the Spook Central website?
A: This is a list of items I need for this website and for my personal collection. If you have any of these items and can make me a copy (or bear to part with the original), then I would appreciate it if you can send it to me. E-Mail me and I'll give you a snail mail address to send items to. I don't have very much money, so I can't pay you very much for the items, though I can send you a reasonable fair amount. Of course, if you send me something at no cost to me (nee, for free), you will be added to the Credits page. Anything you send me will NOT be returned.
Review & Advertising Policy
• A bootleg/pirated theater-cam VHS of Ghostbusters II filmed back in June 1989. I'm sure the movie was pirated and distributed by street vendors back then, as the local news did a story on Home Alone theater-cams a year later in 1990. It's just a matter of seeing if someone has kept one these decades later and if they sell it (hopefully at a yard/tag/white elephant sale) where I can buy it dirt cheap.
• Ghostbusters II Betamax (tape) (usually found in VHS boxes with a yellow "Beta" sticker on the front)
GHOSTBUSTERS PROMO MATERIALS (ORIGINALS WANTED)
• GB1 8x10 Color U.S. Lobby Card #1 (three guys in front of the firehouse).
• GB2 8x10 B&W Press Photo # 1, 3, 4, 6-8, 10-15, 17-58, 61, 64-73, 75-83, 86-98 (anything above 102?).
MATTEL GHOSTBUSTERS FIGURES (ORIGINALS FOR $5 EACH)
• Mattel Classic Ghostbusters Egon 6" Figure (Brand New) (two of them)
• Mattel Classic Ghostbusters Winston 6" Figure (Brand New) (two of them)
GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 FUNKO POP VINYL SET (ORIGINALS FOR $5 EACH)
• Patty Tolan
• Rowan's Ghost
• Rowan's Ghost (Glow-in-the-Dark) (FYE Exclusive)
• Team 4-Pack (FYE Exclusive)
GHOSTBUSTERS PLAYMOBIL (ORIGINALS)
(excludes Real Ghostbusters)
• Ghostbusters Slimer with Hot Dog Stand
• Ghostbusters Stay Puft with Stantz (HAVE STANTZ TAKEN FROM TRU OPEN BOX)
REVIEWS - I've been writing reviews online for over 20 years. You can find a plethora of Ghostbusters product reviews on Spook Central, and other home video and pop culture products have been reviewed on The Corner Penthouse. I would be happy to review your product on one of my sites. All you have to do is send me a complimentary copy. Send me an e-mail to discuss it further and to get my mailing address. Do be aware that not all product review solicitations will be accepted.
I have already worked with the press departments of Sony, Sony Music (RCA Records), CBS/Paramount, Lionsgate, Universal, Warner Bros. Home Video, Warner Bros. Games, Insight Editions, Arrow Films, Atari, IDW Comics, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Simon and Schuster, Tor Books, Random House, Coca-Cola/Hi-C, Running Press, Papa John's Pizza, and various others, and would love to work with you, too.
ADVERTISING - I DON'T DO FREE ADVERTISING. I can be compensated with money or with product, depending on what it is you'd like for me to promote on one of my sites. Advertising can be a square banner in the sidebar of Spook Central or The Corner Penthouse. It can be a horizontal banner image in the slider atop the Spook Central blog. I could post something to social media (Facebook and/or Twitter). I can write an article specifically about the thing you want me to promote. I can even do sponsorship advertising in Spook Central blog articles, but you should be aware that I don't write articles very often as I strive for quality, not quantity. Whatever type of advertising you're looking for, I would need to be paid first (preferrably via PayPal) before I run the advertising that we agree upon. Feel free to e-mail me to discuss. Do be aware that not all advertising solicitations will be accepted.
Linking & Banners
Q: What url/address should I use when linking to this site?
A: Use http://www.spookcentral.tk to link to the main page. At the bottom of every page on this site is a url that you can use to link to that specific page. Both of these urls are forwarding, so if I ever have to move the site again, your links won't be broken. Although you can use the direct url (the one that should be listed in your browser's address bar), I would appreciate it if you wouldn't (to prevent broken links should I ever need to move this site again). Also, you may only link to my webpages (.htm files). You are expressly forbidden from linking to any of my other files (images, audio, etc.), except for the banners and buttons in the codes below. There's an issue of linking rights involved if you don't respect my wishes.
Q: Do you have any banners or buttons that I can use on my website to link to yours?
A: Yes I do. Take your pick from any of the banners and buttons below. You can place these images on your website ONLY if you use them to link to Spook Central, do not alter them in any way, and do not use them to depict Spook Central or its author Paul Rudoff in a negative way. You can use as many of them as you like. Just copy and paste the code below the banner or button to your webpage for the one that you would like to use.
created by Bill Emkow
created by Andrew Ellis
created by Dan Shannon
created by Tristan Jones
created by Tristan Jones
created by "El Zorro"
Spook Central Credits
All information, pictures, etc. on this site were digitized (scanned in, typed in, etc.) by me, Paul Rudoff, unless otherwise noted below or elsewhere on the site.
Special thanks, in no particular order, to:
- Raffaele Ruffaldi for hosting Spook Central since the early 2000s, providing all of the helpful technical assistance, going above and beyond the call of duty to help Spook Central modernize its multimedia playing capabilities, and for being one of my top best ghost "fiends".
- Doreen Mulman for making the RGB: Ghostworld screen cap (which I use as my "Happy Mother's Day" graphic), for all of the moral support, and for being one of my top best ghost "fiends". I miss you, Kitten.
- Matthew Jordan for helping to keep the Spook Central Facebook page running smoothly (especially in my absence when Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012), for always being willing to help me with my random odd image requests (such as Spook Central's modernized Play Video image, for various help and contributions around the site, and for being one of my top best ghost "fiends".
- Tristan Jones for the totally awesome Spook Central title logos.
- AJ Quick for his help in fixing up the blog layout, and straightening out the IE bugs so that it displays properly in SeaMonkey, FireFox, and Internet Explorer.
- Bill Emkow for the green-glow graphics - which were done EXCLUSIVELY for me.
- "Dan Elektro" (from the Bay Area Ghostbusters) for the little GB horizontal rule image.
- Byron McGregor for his Floatbox script v3.51 [4/23/2009], which is the last free version (v3.51 SC Edit), which is how I can display images and other content over the pages. I was formerly using v3.24 [12/1/2008]. Out of all of the other "box" scripts, I found Floatbox to be the best...and the only one to work to my liking. There are a few known issues with these "box" scripts, which I'll briefly mention in case they affect you.
-- NOTE: The original copy of v3.51 has a reference to an insecure and broken image file in modules\core.js. To correct the error, the text "http://randomous.com/blank.gif" has been replaced with "../graphics/blank.gif" in both the "original" and "SC Edit" copies provided above.
-- If a Firefox/SeaMonkey/Mozilla/etc. user has the AdBlock Plus extension installed, and "show tabs on flash and java" turned on, the AdBlock tab for the flash object will show through the image. This would need to be fixed in AdBlock Plus, but by doing so would ruin that functionality, so it's just something that you have to live with in the rare instances where I have images and flash files on the same page (and you happen to have AdBlock Plus installed and the tabs turned on). Thankfully I can prevent the flash object itself from showing through by adding either of these pieces of codes to the flash objects code:
* If using the Object tag, add the following parameter: <param name="wmode" value="transparent">
* If using the Embed tag, add the following parameter: wmode="transparent"
-- For pages or images larger in width than your screen depth, the shading won't cover the off-screen portion. This only affects the width, as height is unaffected no matter how much larger the image is in height than the webpage.
- Flowplayer.org for the Flowplayer script, which is the embedded video player you see all over this site allowing you to play my video files in nearly any browser, desktop or mobile device.
- Scott Schiller for his SoundManager 2 script, which is the embedded audio player you see all over this site allowing you to play my audio files in nearly any browser, desktop or mobile device.
- Jwloh for the E-Mail, MySpace, etc. icons used in the blog which comes from his Social.me pack of 30 icons for popular websites. The E-Mail icon is not part of the original pack. I made it by taking an image I found elsewhere online and placing it over the Reddit icon's background.
- Dynamic Drive for their Tab Content Script (v 2.2).
- William Bontrager for his Same Filename Display Random Images script, though it would be nice if it worked with files numbered with leading zeroes (meaning "01" instead of "1").
- Various netizens for the Show/Hide Divs script.
Financial assistance provided by: Tamara Yollick, "ElctroWolf", Ellen MacIsaac, Norman Gagnon, Adam Bertocci, and Art Chacon.
Some information on this website was provided by: Matt Sturm, Tim Price, Kyle Raymond, Lanny White, Dale Coenen, Steve Caldwell, and Troy Haslewood.
Ghostbusters 3 title image created by Troy Benjamin, Ghostbusters 3 logo image created by Matt Sturm.
I would also like to thank all of my fellow Ghostbusters webmasters and, of course, all of you visitors. This site would be nothing without you.
Privacy Statement for Spook Central
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Contacting the Web Site
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** IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO **
copyright © 1984 Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.
All rights reserved.
The Real Ghostbusters
copyright © 1986 - 1991 Columbia Pictures Television
All rights reserved.
copyright © 1988, 1989 Columbia Pictures Television,
a division of C.P.T. Holdings, Inc.
All rights reserved.
copyright © 1989 Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.
All rights reserved.
copyright © 1997 Adelaide Productions, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Ghostbusters characters created by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
This site is in no way related to or endorsed by any of the copyright owners and creators of any of the Ghostbusters films and animated series. It is just spot for fans to show their support. All articles, photos, etc. are used without permission of their creators (who legally hold their respective copyrights), unless otherwise stated. Where known, all articles and photos include credit information. The information presented here is simply collected from publicly aired and published sources. Most of the material presented here is available at public libraries, video stores, etc. This site is in no way trying to infringe on the respective copyrights or businesses of these entities.
Please note that the information on this site is being used here for research purposes ONLY, under the fair use provision of the Copyright law.