A week ago, we lost one of our own. We. My personal venn diagram crossed over with his a number of ways. Geek. Film enthusiast. Improvisor. Human.
Harold Ramis died February 24th at the age of 69. Ramis, as a writer, director, and actor gave us such comedy classics as Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. Bill Murray collaborated on a number of Ramis' films, but the collaboration ended in the early 90s when the two had a falling out. A notorious feud between them would last for several years. According to the Chicago Tribune, Murray and Ramis had settled their difference as Murray had visited Ramis in his final days.
If there was any doubt that Murray misses his friend, an impromptu and classically brief tribute escaped his lips during last night's Academy Awards telecast. While presenting the Best Cinematography Oscar with Amy Adams, Murray slipped in, "Oh, we forgot one... Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day." It's hard not to watch that moment, or even think about, without getting choked up. Murray appears to be holding back tears. It's undeniable that Murray deeply feels the loss.
There is a lesson to be learned from this moment of real human drama. Life's too short to hold a grudge. If there's a friend you've pushed away, perhaps it's time to forgive. Today only happens once.