Yeah, yeah, here we go again...1984
Thirteen year old Fritz Baugh hears a lot about a movie called "Ghostbusters", but he doesn't get out much and doesn't go see it, though the catchy theme song from Ray Parker Jr. plays on the radio every ten minutes. His brother "OgreBBQ" does get to see it, and tells him it's really cool1985
Fourteen year old Fritz catches "Ghostbusters" on HBO. He loves it. Bill Murray's character, Peter Venkman, becomes his favorite at first, though even then he thought the cutest scenes in the movie were between Harold Ramis and Annie Potts1986
Fifteen year old Fritz notices his three younger brothers watching a cartoon about four really wierd looking guys in Ghostbuster proton packs battling a monster with a pumpkin for a head. "What is this?" he asks. "It's the new Ghostbuster cartoon!" they tell him. By the end of the episode, he's already decided to get up early every Saturday to watch it.
After figuring which movie guy they were supposed to be, Fritz discovered he had a new favorite: the guy with the wierd blond hair. And hey, they didn't forget the fact that the secretary had the hots for him! And she's really cool too--gutsy, abraisive, sarcastic, so so different from those bland Mommy figures he grew up with! And they have such superb chemistry--weird and touching, Egon and Janine become one of Fritz's favorite fictional couples ever
His Mom solidifies his new favorite at Christmas time. Four boys, four Ghostbusters action figures. Ogre gets Ray. The sarcastic twin gets Venkman. The practical twin gets Winston. Fritz gets Egon. And they also get the Ghostbusters role playing game! RPG adventures ensue, off and on (with some changes to players), for five years after that1987
Nirvana! Ghostbusters every day on WXIN 59! And let me check out the new episodes on Saturday morning...
For the first, but certainly not the last time, Fritz discovers a sudden urge to throw things at the television set. "WTF DID THEY DO TO VENKMAN AND JANINE?!"1988
A Ghostbusters comic book!!! Cool and a half!!!
September: "WTF?! SLIMER AND..." Fritz again has to supress an urge to throw things at the television1989
Fritz wants to throw things at the television, but this time it's the Arsenio Hall show, when Annie Potts says "Rick Moranis and I're an item in this one" Frankly, I felt like someone had kicked my dog.
June 16. Newly graduated from high school, Fritz and the three brothers go see Ghostbusters II
on opening day. The movie was enjoyable, save one stomach-churning scene between Janine and Louis in Venkman's apartment, but just seemed too...derivative of the first one. But Fritz smirks on the ride home...realization: "Y'notice how Egon and Janine don't actually appear on screen together?" A loophole that James Van Hise and J. Micheal Straczynski would drive a truck through.
September: Fritz wants to beat up ABC executives once more when Louis Tully turns up in the cartoon.
However, right around this time, RGB#16 comes out, with James Van Hise driving aforementioned truck through aforementioned loophole. "Louis is sweet, but he's harmless. He just happened to be there while you were too wrapped up saving the world to pay any attention to anything else!!!"
For the first time ever, Fritz gets a fan letter published--in Now's RGB#22. And his second two months later in #24. The editor made note of how long but insightful they were. He'd get a third a year later in RGB Vol.2#1
For what would be the last time, Fritz is overwhelmed with joy at an episode of the cartoon: "Janine You've Changed". Egon: "Remember this: I love you" ABOUT DARN TIME. Unfortunately, by three weeks later it's the Same Old Crap. A few months later RGB#28 would add to that warm fuzzy feeling.1992
It's gone. The show is cancelled. The comic book is cancelled. The game was on it's last legs.1997
The new layouts at K-Mart have..."Ghostbusters" figures? WTF? Here it is on Channel 4: "Extreme Ghostbusters" Oh my God! That's Maurice LaMarche doing the voice of a rather strange looking Egon! And there's Janine--while it's not Laura Summer it's better than Kath Soucie! But why the hell aren't they married? "Janine You've Chagned", hello?1998
Twenty-seven year old Fritz finally gets access to a computer. He starts compiling notes about the movies and both shows, and how they might fit together into one coherent timeline. The "Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline" he dubs it. He works on it off and on over the next five years, even after XGB fades away.2002
Now Thirty one years old, Fritz on a whim enters the phrase "Real Ghostbusters" into Google...he starts visiting places like The Real Ghostbusters Fan Page
and Tobin's Archive
...and then finds a place called Ghostbusters.net
...where there was a furor going on about "It's Coming!"2003
The rest, as it might be said, was history. On February 3, 2003, Fritz registered on GBN under the user name "Veedramon" (Fritz is also an anime junkie, and thought Veedramon was a lot cooler than "ExVeemon", the one that made it on TV)
And here was the first post I ever made.http://archive.ghostbusters.net/disscus ... /1/110365/
Besides Ghostworld, Where is Egon's mom?
Joined: Feb 03, 2003
Posted: Feb 09, 2003 8:28 AM
Egon's mother appeared at the very end of "Til Death Do Us Part". She appears to baby the Ghostbusters just after Venkman makes a snarky comment about "What is it with you and secretaries, anyway?" to Egon.
On May 13, 2003, The very first incarnation
of the site that would evolve into Ectozone.com opened, featuring the controversial Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline
. Fritz pisses some of the Movie Purists off by suggesting that the battle with Gozer took place in 1983 instead of 1984, as suggested by the animated episode "Take Two". Still, the Timeline is a success, and over the years other writers end up sharing the continuity ( http://ghostbustersff.proboards24.com
Fritz is asked to join the Ghostbusters West Coast, a fan fic team. He writes "Opening Night", the GBWC origin story, and annoys some people by insisting on sticking to his Timeline.
"Future Shocks" introduces some of Fritz's concept for the future of the Ghostbusters, most notably the Spengler twins and Eric Stantz.
Fritz is elected to be a Moderator at GBCentral.
Kingpin, Doc Ryedale, and Fritz release The Ghostbusters Fact List
October: Fritz buys the domain name Ectozone.com2004
Feb. 3. Fritz makes a self-indulgent post on GBCentral, marking his first anniversary, but it's wiped out when the server crashes and Chad restores the board later with a January backup.
The 88MPH comic finally comes out. It only takes them a year to put out four issues. And the characters don't look right to him. But it was a well written story that even managed a cute Egon/Janine scene or two.GB: Legion
looks like it comes out at a breakneck pace compared to "Chronicles Of Gozer", an epic fan fic that came out in 2004 and is still unfinished. (But I promise you--the end is within eyesight on this one!)
May 13: "Ectozone 2.0" Fritz upgrades the look of Ectozone.com and the GBWC site, using tables. In June, he opens the first version of the Ectozone Message Board
Fritz is fired as a Mod on GBCentral (like a lot of them were) but Netsolo asks him to Mod at his board, GBHQ. Which is better, anway.
Fritz undergoes a rather massive medical trauma, but the outpouring of support from the GB community is of vast help.2005
Fritz gets hold of "The Return". It's a bit uneven, and incurs a major black mark by being the first official work since Gb2 to include the vomitous Janine/Louis relationship (though even then, perhaps unintentionally, it throws a few bones to the Egon/Janine believers).
Fritz clutters up his board with another self-indulgent anniversary post on Feb. 3.
Fritz buys the domain name GBWC. net. "Act Two" introduces a whole new status quo for the team--including Fritz's fictional counterpart being the new leader.
Netsolo decides, for whatever reason, to let Fritz be an Administrator at his board.
In August, Fritz actually gets to meet some of the characters he interacts with on the Internet: Vincent Belmont, Kevin Kemarly, and Greg Justis.2006
Fritz releases the fan fic "Forever", an account of the wedding of Egon and Janine Spengler in the GBOT/Ectozone continuity.
Feb 3. Marking his third anniversary as a Ghosthead, Fritz makes yet another self-indulgent post about the matter. And like he did the preivous year, he readopts his original screen name "Veedramon" for about a week.
Fritz follows up "Forever" with the collossal brain-f**k he calls "Gemini Rising", featuring the birth of the Spengler Twins, alternate timelines with features like Mayor Zeddemore from "The Return", the Aykroyd characters from the original GB3 treatment, and Slimer as action hero. He tops it off with a bunch of revelations about villain Josiah Nodus and his true agenda.
"All Hell Breaks Loose" is a rewrite/reworking of a story originally by Bo Holbrook and Kingpin, and featured the dramatic deaths of two Nightsquad founders.
"Where In The World Is Chelsea Aberdeen?" comes to an emotional conclusion. "Transition" ties up the loose ends and completes the change of status quo to the one introduced in 2005's "Act Two"
Fritz starts an exploration of the Peoplebuster world in "Flipped Out"
Fritz released a brainf**k of a different sort, the savage Mary Sue parody "The Legend of Mary Sue"
"Pandora's Box" begins. Two parts of this story were released by Now, and for some reason Fritz thinks he's good enough to finish this story that a real pro who was paid money for it started.
A new set of rumors start to swell around as Dan Aykroyd claims that a CG Ghostbusters movie is in the works, allegeldy featuring the original movie actors as the voice cast but possibly using the animated likenesses to avoid the Murray likeness issue.
Feb. 3. Fritz once again makes a sel-indulgent post about his anniversary signing up at GBN...
"Ectozone 3.5" is rolled out. It's mostly a change in host from Angelfire to GoDaddy, but it allows the use of php scripts, and increases disc space by a factor of 250. The site itself doesn't change much, but it does allow him to create the current Ectozone Message Board (the one you're reading right now) in the state-of-the-art PhpBB3 software, completely self-hosted.
November: Announcement by Sierra and Sony that a new Ghostbusters Video Game will be released, featuring most of the original cast (with Moranis and Weaver passing on the project) and a Marty Stu as "a new recruit to the Ghostbusters". Seeing another fricking retcon/reboot in the works, and remembering Aykroyd and Ramis's .500 batting average, Fritz finds himself unable to splooge all over himself at the announcement the same way 99% of the community does.
Fritz begins to seriously consider dropping the fan fic game, and let this Quesadaing of the Ghostbusters universe commence unopposed. Half jokingly starts considering doing a fan fic called "Ghostbusters: One More Day" where Egon sells his romance with Janine to Dib Devlin to save Venkman from syphlis, thus resetting everything from 1991 on. But realizes that would be incredibly, unbelievably stupid.2008
Feb. 3. This being the fifth anniversary of his debut on GBN, yet another long-winded self-indulgent post is written...
Five years. Grife. Half a decade. Back then I was a thirty one year old loser who worked at K-Mart. Now I'm a thirty six year old loser who's missing part of a leg.
I'm not going to compose another Academy Award thanks speech like I did on the old board--it's all still there, and I keep being afraid of missing someone--but I do give a special thanks to everyone who's bothered to come to my own little back alley of the Internets to see this. And I apologize for taking up some of your time with this nonsense.
Now if you'll excuse me, there's a Sugar-Free Twinkie with two candles on it and a fresh, cool Diet Coke waiting for me...