1. “Harold Ramis R.I.P.” Alchemist of Comedy Dies at 69.
“Harold Ramis, a writer, director and actor whose boisterous but sly silliness helped catapult comedies like 'Groundhog Day,' 'Ghostbusters,' 'Animal House' and 'Caddyshack' to commercial and critical success, died on Monday in his Chicago-area home. He was 69. The cause was complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease that involves swelling of blood vessels, said Chris Day, a spokesman for United Talent Agency, which represented Mr. Ramis. Mr. Ramis was a master at creating hilarious plots and scenes peopled by indelible characters, among them a groundskeeper obsessed with a gopher, fraternity brothers at war with a college dean and a jaded weatherman condemned to living through Groundhog Day over and over. 'More than anyone else,' Paul Weingarten wrote in The Chicago Tribune Magazine in 1983, 'Harold Ramis has shaped this generation's ideas of what is funny.' And to Mr. Ramis, the fact was that 'comedy is inherently subversive.'”