3/30/2014

Plate Trading Atlantic City Style

The ALPCA Garden State Region 1st Annual Spring meet was held at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City

Well despite   a little wet  weather 47 collectors gathered *in the ballroom at the Resorts  Casino and Hotel. Trading was brisk  inside what is an amazing layout rivaling Las Vegas. Chuck Bahnor once again drove in from Indiana to spend some time with us, always great to see him. We also  had the usual suspects like Roy Rich(representing the ALPCA Board), Jim Moini, Walter O., Dale Bernecker to name a few. John Anshant and John Willard drove in from Pennsylvania  with plenty of plates for sale Marco's wife Kristy once again handled to registration desk . Paul Rosenberg "won" the shortest distance award, he owns Atlantic City Taxi and instead of business cards, hands out gambling chips with his phone number on them, too bad they couldn't be redeemed in the casino!!!!The staff at  Resorts did a great job providing coffee and water. They even helped us load and unload plates!For the second time in a row our meet was covered by the media, Ben Preston from BBC Auto  came down from New York City to report on the day's activities and to snap a few pictures.  The date change did have an impact on attendance but we now know for next year and won't have a problem. Last but certainly not least  I want to thank my mom, Mary, who drove me down by herself, definitely an adventure onto itself!!! The first ALPCA Garden State Region Southern meet is now in t he books and we'll see you in Elmwood Park on November 8ht.

Justin Mattes 6748
ALPCA Garden State Region

3/06/2014

Somewhere on Dan Aykroyd's computer-- A tribute to Harold Ramis

Like the rest of the world I mourn the loss of Harold Ramis who passed away yesterday due to numerous health complications that started in 1999. Like everryone else my thoughts and p rayers go out to his family and friends. Being a writer takes a lot of talent, being an actor takes a lot more talent, combine the two you have a man that truly is an artist. Like singers who compose/ their own melodies, actors who write their own scripts have a personal perspective to the film no other actor or actress, no matter how great, can possess. From Caddyshack to Year One  and everything in between, Mr/ R/amis always kept millions of people laughing. The key of his writing was it always tetered on the edge of comedic greatness and comedic madness.  There are many examples of both but I  think we can all agree Ramis lived on that edge throughout his career and that made him truly a rare breed.Like his writing/acting partner, Dan Aykroyd, Ramis's  interviews mainly were straight shooting, nothing too whacky. Mor like a dry sense of humor portrayed in the movies he made
As a writer and someone who has lost numerous friends and mentors over the years, I feel I need to tip my hat to Dan  Aykroyd, who co-created  Ghostbusters with Mr. Ramis. It is the movie worlds worst kept secret Aykroyd and Ramis have been working on a third installment of the paranormal series for  years. Rumors have flown that Bill Murray wasn't happy with the script and the dynamic writing duo were trying to please him. kLast I heard before the great Egon passed, was Bill was slowly coming around. Now it's unknown wether it will ever happen. The script Aykroyd has been revising may never come to the silver screen which is a shame I feel. It makes  you wonder what  kind of gems are hidden? How would the special effects  look?
RIP Harold Ramis



What does Harold Ramis's Death Mean f or 'Ghosterbusters 3'?byJoal Ryan