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1985 HBO Christmas Present

A secret Ghostbusters surprise!

Opinion page by Duane Alan Hahn. [Page created on December 25, 2014.]

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Once in a while, my family would talk about the HBO Christmas Present that we saw in a motel in 1985. Until my mother looked it up online in December of 2014, I didn't know that anyone thought it was a myth. Here's a related page:

TV/Movies: Urban Myth or Fact – Ghostbusters on HBO Christmas of 1985

Image courtesy of theguidearchive.com

The official HBO guide from 1985 has "HBO Christmas Present" listed at 11:30, so a skeptical nonbeliever looking at that online would at least be able to see that something special was shown on Christmas Eve. Mentioning Ghostbusters in the guide would have spoiled the surprise, don't you think?

 

 

 

 

Motel Christmas

My family was in the middle of a move to a new city and we had to stay in a motel for a couple of weeks during the 1985 Christmas season. I was looking through the generic cable guide that was in the motel room and it had tba (to be announced) in the listing at 11:30 p.m. for HBO. I thought it was odd, so I told everyone that I was going to turn on HBO a little before 11:30 in case it was something good. Holy crap! It was Ghostbusters! My family hadn't seen the movie, so it was a great Christmas present from HBO.

 

I hoped surprises like that would be repeated by HBO and copied by other cable channels, but I must have missed them if they happened. Seemed like there were no more cool TV surprises after that. I could be forgetting something. Maybe someone will refresh my memory.

 

 

 

 

 

In Case You Didn’t Know

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Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn’t bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can’t tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.

 

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from surroundair.com. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.

 

Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground.

 

Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.

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