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OKLAHOMA CITY – With two hours of posting my Ghostbusters: Afterlife Dust Devil Dreams piece, “ECTO-1,” I had a sync moment while talking with a friend of mine who has an office below mine.

I was chatting about some things when I noticed a sizable figurine of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man which first appeared in the original Ghostbusters film from 1984.

Needless to say, I was stunned, after all the Ghostbusters-related syncs that had been occurring in the past 24 hours or so as director Jason Reitman begins promoting his film, to be released in July 2020, which will be a direct follow-up to the adventures highlighted in 1989’s Ghostbusters II.

After posting “ECTO-1,” about a prop New York license plate – ECTO-1 – stolen off of a Ghostbusters Ectomobile in Elk City, Oklahoma in approximately 1988,  I realized that Dan Aykroyd was the key here. It came to me after noting a prop Illinois license plate from The Blues Brothers – BDR 529 – which was on Elwood Blues’ (Aykroyd) decommissioned police car, a 1974 Dodge Monaco. The BDR portion of the Bluesmobile plate was Aykroyd’s acknowledgement of the Black Diamond Riders motorcycle club of his native Toronto, Ontario.

Anyway, we know that Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz character in Ghostbusters is the character who seemed the most optimistic - and most serious - about the paranormal, as Aykroyd is in real life, of course.

As Aykroyd himself put it "(The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) seems harmless and puffy and cute—but given the right circumstances, everything can be turned black and become evil."

Seeing that Stay Puft Marshmallow Man today - this, after noting the annoying Christmas song "Marshmallow World" echoing in my ears one recent morning and a mention of "Marshmallow Overcoat," as Rick Danko says in The Last Waltz, noted in a recent DDD sync post of the same name, it is all very odd. I am going to be digging deeper on this, including noting more about the Allen Family Horror near Sayre, Oklahoma in the early 1960's - reported by John Keel in the book Flying Saucer To The Center Of Your Mind - a spooky and sinster story and something that may have (wittingly or unwittingly) inspired Reitman in his creation of the new Ghostbusters film. 

More soon ... 

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