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February 3, 2023

Joined: February 3, 2003

Twenty years?!

Wow...how far I've come since then...

GBWC.net. I got my first Moderator gig at Brian Reilly's Ghostbuster Community Board, part of the diaspora that sprung up during the waning days of the original Ghostbusters.net. Later came gigs adminning or modding at GBHQ and Still Playing With Toys, GBCentral, Ghostbusters International, and GB Fans.

More importantly, tons and tons of friends I never would have met if not for four guys and one gal in snazzy flight suits and laser backpacks.

(Wacko Jacko Slimer not so much.)

Thanks everybody for twenty great years.

--Fritz V. Baugh

January 1, 2023

Illustration by John Tobias, Rich Rankin, and Suzanne Dechnik

Gregorian: Sunday, 1 January 2023
Mayan: Long count = 13.0.10.3.3; tzolkin = 1 Akbal; haab = 16 Kankin
French: 12 Nivôse an 231 de la Révolution
Islamic: 8 Jumada II 1444
Hebrew: 8 Teveth 5783
Julian: 19 December 2022
ISO: Day 7 of week 52 of 2022
Persian: 11 Dey 1401
Ethiopic: 23 Takhsas 2015
Coptic: 23 Kiyahk 1739
Chinese: Cycle 78, year 39 (Ren-Yin), month 12 (Gui-Chou), day 10 (Ji-Wei)
Julian day: 2459946
Day of year: Day 1 of 2023; 364 days remaining in the year
Discordian: Sweetmorn, Chaos 1, Year of Our Lady of Discord 3189
Order of Hermes: XI Day of Capricorn, XXXII Age of Aquarius

So what's up for 2023?

Biggest thing, of course, is the fifth Ghostbusters movie (the fourth in the original movie continuity), code-named "Firehouse". As far as we know at this point, pretty much everyone from Afterlife will be back (except probably Bill Murray) and, barring another pandemic or other unforseen disaster, it will be out on December 20th.

2023 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Ectozone. I'll undoubtedly put up some self-congratulatory posts on February 3rd and/or May 13th, but damn, twenty years is a long time.

Plans for fan fics in 2023 include:

1. A collaboration with EGBFan, set in the early days of the 2021 team's career. I hope to have that ready for February 3rd.

2. Ghostbusters 2023: The Monster of Lungbarrow. Continuing some of the plot threads introduced in The Werewolf of Notre-Dame and Panther-Panther Burning Bright, a faraway land that's nevertheless close to home for one Ghostbuster brings new opportunities...and new challenges. Hopefully will get it rolling by May 13th.

Hope you'll stick around and give it all a look!

Have a safe and happy Thirty Third Year of the Age of Aquarius.

--Fritz V. Baugh

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