Gone But Not Forgotten. On this day, four years ago, Comedy Legend Harold Ramis passed away at age of 69

Don’t cross the steams.

It is hard to imagine that it has been four years since the comedy legend Harold Ramis passed away. Four years seem like an eternity to me. And today, I thought it would be the right time to commemorate such a giant and to pay him a tribute. Hollywood really lost a gem.

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Harlod Ramis accompanied by his daughter Violet Ramis during the shooting of Ghostbusters.

Harold Ramis, for those, who don’t know him, was an actor, writer and director of many comedy movies in the 70s, 80s and 2000s. To me, he is best known for playing the role of Egon Spengler is the successful Ghostbusters franchise. However, Ramis’s filmography is a huge encyclopedia. But before coming to prominence in the 80s with Ghostbusters, co-written back then with his long time collaborator Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis wrote National Lampoon’s Animal House. Next up, he crossed the path with Bill Murray and together starred in Meatballs.The movie was a commercial success and became the first of six film collaborations between Murray and Ramis.

His third film and his directorial debut was Caddyshack, which he wrote with Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray. It starred Chevy ChaseRodney DangerfieldTed Knight, and Bill Murray. Like Ramis’s previous two films, Caddyshack was a commercial success.

As I mentioned above, Ramis collaborated with Dan Ackroyd in what would become the biggest hit ever of summer 1984. Ghostbusters became a sensational hit that would spawn a sequel five years later,  cartoons and many related merchandises.

Illness and death

In May 2010, Ramis contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk. After relearning to walk he suffered a relapse of the disease in late 2011.

He died of complications of the disease on February 24, 2014 at his home on Chicago’s North Shore at age of 69 He is buried at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights.

Here is a statement I released four years ago today on Facebook upon hearing Ramis’s death :

Tonight, I deeply saddened by a news that came down like a sledgehammer. The actor Harold Ramis passed away. He marked my childhood forever as I first saw him in Ghostbusters at age of 7. (c. 1992) I loved his character of Igon Spengler. That intelectual techno wizard from the movie, sidekicking Second City alums Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray in one of the most successful movie of 1984. What’s left now ? An icredible imprint of comedy, influencing générations. Yes, Ed Neumeier, he will be deeply missed. May his spirit be a source of joy and happiness forever.

Don’t cross the steams. You are deeply missed Egon!

Sofiane MEROUANI

eBay plan to jettison PayPal in favor of Adyen

For someone like me who has been shopping online since 2013, it’s going to make a big difference.

For fifteen years, PayPal has been the premier partner for eBay as its payment getaway but the reign is coming to an end.

eBay decided that by 2020 to jettison PayPal as its primary payment processing getaway in favor of a 12 year-old startup coming right from Amsterdam, Adyen.

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But fear not!

By 2020, PayPal will remain a payment option for shoppers on eBay, but it won’t be prominently featured ahead of debit and credit card options as it is today. PayPal will cease to process card payments for eBay at that time.

PayPal’s stock dropped as much as 12 percent on the news in after-market trading.

At eBay, the move is being billed as a way to take more control over the critical checkout experience as other giant online shopping destinations like Amazon and Alibaba have, while giving more payment options to eBay shoppers. Adyen supports more than 200 payment methods across the world, eBay said in a blog post announcing the news.

But it is a great opportunity to seize for Adyen for a small company with a revenue of $178 million in 2016 as compered to the 11 billion dollar cash cow generated by PayPal.

PayPal entered agreement with eBay all the way back in 2003§. The two companies split into separate public companies in July of 2015 and signed a five-year operating agreement to maintain a close relationship through mid-2020.

Sofiane MEROUANI