Writer and director Harold Ramis honored in Evanston - KMSP-TV

Writer and director Harold Ramis honored in Evanston

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A colorful tribute to writer and director Harold Ramis took place in Evanston Thursday.

Tibetan monks spent the week constructing a sand sculpture in memory of Ramis, who lived on Chicago’s North Shore until his death in February. The artwork was crafted grain by grain, then is ritually swept into an urn and poured into the lake to symbolize the impermanence of life.

Ramis was a self- described Buddhist sympathizer and a personal friend of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Some say his movie Groundhog Day reflected his Buddhist view.

His wife, Erica, said Ramis would have been humbled by this honor.

“He would be, can you imagine the Dalai Lama and I got all this attention from the Tibetan community, he would feel deeply, deeply honored by it,” Erica said.

Ramis was considered one of the greatest comedy writer- directors in Hollywood. He died of a rare auto immune disease at the age of 69.

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