One of the greatest movies of all time was Ghostbusters. It was followed up with one of the greatest cartoons of all time, The Real Ghostbusters (one of the most successful Movie-to-TV translations EVER). The mix of comedy, horror, and weird science was white-hot in the Eighties, and still maintains a loyal fan following to this day!!!

Artwork inspired by Kurth, LaPoint, and Blond
May 13, 2008
It was five years ago today that I took the step of opening the very first version of the Ectozone ("Ectozone 1.0") to put online the Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline.

I'm not going to get as nostalgic as my February 3rd posts, but out of that tiny, crude html acorn has grown...well, maybe a steady twig or two. A second timeline, almost a hundred fan fictions, it's very own message board, and more.

I started at Angelfire, and moved to GoDaddy in August of 2007, mostly to make some more options available. I guess it's only appropriate that today we take another small step. You probably noticed the green, and the new banner at the top of the page, and maybe even some of the new title logos on the fan's all part of what I perhaps inevitably call "Ectozone 4.0"

Just like Ectozone 2.0 was brought about by tables in html, and Ectozone 3.0 was brought about by stylesheets. Ectozone 4.0 continues the process begun when I switched servers. The main pages now end in the .php extension to allow the use of server side scripting such as includes statements--this news item, for example, actually exists as a brief .html file in the /news/ menu; both the main page (index.php) and the new news page (/news/index.php) just simply call it up with an includes statement. It mean I only have to have it on the server once, and the pages that need it both call up the same text.

(And don't worry much if you have the old .html pages bookmarked. One other thing I can use now is .htaccess pages, which should redirect the old .html urls to the new .php pages.)

Back in March, for St. Patrick's Day, I uploaded a green stylesheet to the Ectozone message board, intending it to be a one-day nod to that particular holiday. The move proved so popular that when I floated the possibility of moving to a new "Ecto Green" look as a new default for the site, the idea was strongly embraced by the posters on that board.

Furthermore, as I've gained some knowledge of the PhpBB3 software, I realized I would be able to moadify the Subsilver2 pages to create a modified look to the board that makes it and the main site look more alike than ever. I uploaded some of this revision to "Ecto Red" a month or so back, but...again, I'm really pleased with the results.

And perhaps, take the time to check out, the home page of the Ghostbusters West Coast. It has also been upgraded to "Ectozone 4.0", and features a new banner designed by Mjollnir.

It's been a great five years--but I ain't done yet!

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--Fritz V. Baugh

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The Ectozone is a member of GBComm, the Ghostbusters community! Created by Brian Reilly, a contributor to the Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline. Check it out!!!

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Everything you didn't even know you were afraid to ask. Click HERE to enter the Ghostbusters Reference Omnibus!
My alter ego, Dr. Fritz V. Baugh, is a member of the Ghostbusters West Coast,a franchise of Ghostbusters International. Click on the logo below to visit the GBWC web site!!!

My own take on the Ghostbusters. Some of my own creations aren't this much fun to write! Click HERE to see the stuff...

Five newest stories (newest on top)

Ghostbusters: For The Best
December 1980.
It's been ten years since the tragic death of David and Carolyn Stantz. The intervening ten years have seen their three children--Carl, Ray, and Jean--grow very far apart. Can they bridge the gap, or is it for the best if they continue to lead seperate lives?
(First Posted December 17, 2007)

Ghostbusters West Coast: Nights of Blood
August 2007--Timeline Year Twenty-Five
Even after the destruction of Teth-Apophis and Master Orus, the vampire problem continues to get worse in Los Angeles. Fritz is "invited" to a meeting with a powerful player in the vampiric scene as more than one non-Ghostbuster attempts to check the undead in their own ways.
(First Posted November 12, 2007)

Ghostbusters: Pandora's Box, Part Four
By Fritz Baugh; Based off a story by Barry Peterson
March 1991--Timeline Year Nine
The Ghostbusters versus the Peoplebusters with Professor Epimetheus as the prize. Do we really need to say any more than that?
(First Posted October 8, 2007)

It's A Girl!
September 22, 2007--Timeline Year Twenty Five
The official announcement of the arrival of the newest member of the Ghostbusters West Coast family.
(First Posted September 24, 2007)

Ghostbusters Nightsquad: Aftermath
By Bo Holbrook and Fritz Baugh
October 2003--Timeline Year Twenty-One
One week ago, the Hain Witch destroyed his headquarters and killed two of his friends. Now, the drunken wreck who was once Bo Holbrook is confronted with the chance to rebuild--problem is, he's not sure it's worth it.
(First Posted September 17, 2007)

"Oh, God, he draws too..." A gallery of profile pictures of numerous teams comprising Ghostbusters International...Click HERE if you dare...

There are other great Ghostbuster sites on the web!!! Click HERE to check out some of them!!!

Do we really need another message board? Probably not. But as you can see here I made one anyway...

Questions? Comments? Go to the Ectozone Message Board