Ghost Busters – Paranormal Investigators

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Ghost Busters are a trio of ghost exterminators who track down the ghosts of famous villains on the CBS fantasy comedy THE GHOST BUSTERS (1975-76).

The team consists of Tracy, a gorilla who wears a beany cap topped with a propeller; and his two human partners Eddie Spencer (Larry Storch) and Kong (Forrest Tucker). Remember Kong is the human. Tracy is the ape (played by Bob Burns, a film editor from KNXT-TV in Los Angeles).

The Ghost Busters ride a Ghost Buggy and get their assignments from a mysterious, unseen supervisor called Mr. Zero who leaves his messages in a hardware store. When the message (found in an object like a toy plane, bicycle, or painting) is read, the following warning appears, “This message will self destruct in five seconds.” And it does, right in Tracy’s face.

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Some of the ghosts sought by the Ghost Busters include gangster Bill Al Caesar, the cowardly Canterville Ghost, the captain of the Flying Dutchman, an old witch from Salem, the spirits of Billy the Kid and Belle Starr, as well as the ghosts of the Red Baron, Dr. Jekyll, Count and Countess Dracula, and Vikings Erik the Red and Brunhilda.

While checking out haunted castles, the Ghost Busters also stumble upon The Abominable Snowman, Dr. Frankenstein, Merlin the Magician and a cursed werewolf.

When the Ghost Busters finally corner the ghosts in question, they send them back to where they belong by using a gadget called a “Ghost Dematerializer.”

NOTE: In 1986-87, the series returned as a syndicated cartoon GHOSTBUSTERS (produced by Filmations).

This time around, Tracy and the sons of Jake and Eddie spent their time battling ghosts from fairy tales (and a spirit called Prime Evil) along with Belfrey (a talking bat), Jessica the reporter and Futura the Sorceress.

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Ghost Busters
c/o Spenser, Tracy and Kong

The Ghost Busters (IMDB)
The Ghost Busters – Dracula Episode (Video)
Filmation’s Ghostbusters (IMDB)
Filmation’s Ghostbusters – Witch’s Stew Episode (Video)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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