Ghostbusters International: The Official History; Rises And Falls

Rises And Falls (1983-1996)

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Before The Founding: Prehistory-1982
Rises And Falls (1983-1996)
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(GB1, "The Zeddemore Factor", and "Citizen Ghost")
May. Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler are fired from Columbia University. At Venkman's suggestion, they get three loans on David Stantz's house in the Bronx and use it to form Ghostbusters Inc. [GB1]

June 7. Janine Melnitz is hired as Ghostbusters Inc.'s secretary [GB1]

June 7. Jason Knetge is born [GBWC]

June 8. Ghostbusters Inc. opens it's doors for business for the first time. Egon Spengler and Janine Melnitz meet for the first time. Ray Stantz purchases the 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor that is later dubbed "ECTO-1"

Dana Barrett becomes the Ghostbusters' first client. Peter Venkman immediately starts hitting on her. [GB1]

June 8. Death of mental patient Johnathan Stafford in Southall Sanitarium, Staffordshire, England. [GBOT]

The Proton Pack Mark 1 and Ghost Trap Mark 1 enter service. [GB1]

In their first bust, Venkman, Ray, and Egon bust the Class 5 that would later be known as their pet and mascot, Slimer. In the following weeks, the Ghostbusters burst into public view as a spate of supernatural activity grips the New York area. They attract the attention of EPA hatchet man Walter Peck. [GB1]

Twelve year-old Fritz Baugh meets Nick Hogan at Camp Sherwood in Alabama [GBWC]

Winston Zeddemore joins as the fourth Ghostbuster. [GB1]

Dana Barrett and her neighbor, accountant Louis Tully, are possessed by Zuul and Vinz Clortho, and summon the Sumerian god Gozer the Gozarian, who materializes first as a woman then as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The Ghostbusters defeat Gozer, and Venkman and Dana begin seeing each other romantically. Louis becomes famous for fifteen minutes as the spokesman for "Keymaster Cologne" [GB1, 88MPH]

The year 1983 would later be found in the Temple of Gozer in Summerville, presumably a (correct) calculation of Gozer's potential return. [GBA, GB1, GBOT]

Walter Peck is fired by the EPA. He later continues his vendetta against Venkman with Bureau of Unidentified Flying Organisms (BUFO). [RGB]

The marshmallow substance of the Destructor is collected by the New York Department of Sanitation, and taken to a dump. Egon Spengler requests that the containers be separated, but the Department of Sanitation fails to do this. [GBOT]

Despite saving the city, possibly the world, lawsuits are filed against the team for their activities in leveling Central Park West [GB2]

A man matching the description of Archmage Zandrik Fallagar appears at a special Hermetic Tribunal called after the Gozer crisis; the Tribunal is unable to prove or disprove his identity, even though Fallagar's appearance as youthful at the age of eight centuries is beyond the bounds of known Hermetic longevity rituals. Primus Aram Marangoudakis of Tytalus pushes for action against the bunch of "Mad Etheric upstarts" who defeated Gozer, but the Magus Dominus rallies the votes to prevent that action. [GBOT]

The Ghostbusters rebuild the firehouse, and build a bigger containment unit. Egon orders their old ecto-marshmallow-covered grey uniforms destroyed, but Venkman neglects to do this. A leakage from the containment unit causes the uniforms to come to life as spectral doppelgangers of the Ghostbusters, the "Anti-Ghostbusters". The Sedgewick Class Five, having escaped the containment when Peck blew it up, starts hanging around the firehouse.

Ray names the Sedgewick ghost Slimer, and the team adopts him as pet and mascot over Venkman's objections. The Ghostbusters defeat the Anti-Ghostbusters. [RGB]

Egon begins using an extensively upgraded and redesigned version of the PKE Meter, the Model 2.0 [RGB,GBOT]

Comedian Dan Aykroyd, a veteran of Saturday Night Live and a paranormal enthusiast, convinces Columbia Pictures to turn his proposed ghost-hunter movie into an account of the Ghostbusters battle with Gozer. They option the rights to the story, and the money they wave in Venkman's face to do so comes in quite useful for the rebuilding of the firehouse and the new Containment Unit. Aykroyd and Harold Ramis write a script, and are tapped to play Ray and Egon in the finished movie. Bill Murray, whom Aykroyd and Ramis had both worked with, is hired to play Venkman. Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis finish out the main cast as Winston, Janine, Dana Barrett, and Louis Tully. [HA,GB1,GBOT]

December 24. Winston Zeddemore meets museum curator Kaila MacMillan, a former co-worker of Janine's. [GBOT,Now]

December 24. In a New Jersey landfill, the remains of Gozer's Destructor form recongeals into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The Ghostbusters place it in the new containment unit. Without Gozer's mind it is at first mindless, then develops a simple, almost benevolent personality. [RGB,GBOT]

December 31. Winston and Kaila go on their first date. It is the first of many. [GBOT,RGB,Now]

(The events of RGB Season 1 on ABC, part of the Season 2 syndicated package, and GB: Legion#1-4 occur)
February 14th. Rose "Cute" Kittami born. She was immediately sent to Mewling Orphanage, located on a small island south of Tahiti. [GBInd]

Dana Barrett breaks up with Venkman shortly after the Ghostbusters deal with the Sandman and their former comrade Micheal Draverhaven. [88MPH,GB2]

Important encounters during this year: the Boogeyman, Samhaine, Jeremy Whittington [RGB]

May 25. Cheryl Hawthorne Brushett, sister of Hermetic Maga Lady Enlightenment, gives birth to a son, Justin "Jay" Brushett [GBOT/CGB]

Ghostbusters premiered on June 8, 1984, and is a top-grossing movie (indeed, considered the highest-grossing comedy ever for several years) The financial windfall from this movie allows the formation of the franchising body Ghostbusters International, and a few franchises take the start-up package. Only one, the Northern Virginia Ghostbusters (NOVAGB) led by Dr. Norman Gagnon, survives this period [HA, GBOT]

June 8. Birth in Arborshire of Posey Augusty, the third child and younger daughter of Rishot and Peaches Augusty [GBOT]

Carlos Rivera marries his wife Beth [GBOT]

September 6. Jillian Holtzmann is born [GB2016/GBOT]

(Events of the second half of RGB Season 2 syndicated and the events of Season 3)
Austrian rock singer Falco records "Rock Me Amadeus" [HA]

Andrew MacMillon, Duke of Dunkeld in Scotland, dies. As per the terms of his will, his title it to be inherited by his nephew, American Ray Stantz. [RGB]

Janine Melnitz is contacted by a creature that passes itself off as her "Fairy Godmother", and convinces her to allow it to "improve" her. As a side effect of this process, Janine's thought processes become increasingly erratic, and she becomes abnormally susceptible to the effects of psychomagnetheric emanations [RGB]

The Ghostbusters travel to Boldavia, and meet the benevolent vampire Count Vostok, being hounded by Nicholas Van Helden, a crazed anti-vampire fanatic. At the time, Vostok claimed to be the "real" Dracula--a claim later disproven by Vincent Belmont of the Arcane Division [RGB,GBAD]

Peter Venkman is contacted by Dr. Norman Draverhaven, an eccentric ghost hunter who has developed an inferior weapon called a "photon pack." Draverhaven insists on joining the Ghostbusters--Venkman rudely ejects him and tags him with the insulting nickname "Professor Dweeb". Draverhaven then forms a partnership with an old college buddy and fellow spurned would-be Ghostbuster Dr. Harlan Herbert Loone; he even acquires an authentic enemy, a low-level Class Five named "The Sleaze" [GBOT,RGB]

Jacob Kong Jr and his partner, Eddie Spencer Jr. re-activate their father's "Ghost Buster" group. They never have the success of their more famous competitors. [FGB, GBWC]

June 6. Aidan Munroe is born in Utah. His father is a NASA engineer, and his mother is English. He spends much of his childhood in Huntsville, Alabama [GBWC]

Dana Barrett marries Andre Wallance, a violinist in the New York Symphony Orchestra. [GB2,GBOT]

Jeremy Whittington and his longtime girlfriend Cindy wed [GBOT/IDW]

July? According to an unverified account, a mortal child is born, a "Son of Samhain" sired by the entity with a "willing cultist". The avatar would be encountered after he inherits his full power, during Halloween 2009. [GBWC]

The Grundle tries to corrupt Alec Meredith, intent on turning him into another Grundle, before being stopped by the Ghostbusters. [RGB]

All of the Grundle's previous victims return to normal when the creature is contained except Jack Ryan, a friend of seven-year old Kylie Griffin. Realizing that the Ghostbusters were about to catch him, the Grundle had this victim go into suspended animation, emerging twelve years later fully transformed into a duplicate Grundle [XGB]

Marcus Jackson is born in New York, the third of the seven children of Phil and Sharon Jackson [GBOT/XGB]

The Ghostbuster's old "pal" Walter Peck, ex-EPA hatchet man, shows up to cause more trouble. Except now he's a hatchet man for the Bureau of Unidentified Flying Organisms, and he tries to have Slimer destroyed. It doesn't work and he's fired once more. [RGB]

Other notable encounters: the Master of Shadows, second encounters with Samhaine and the Boogeyman [RGB]

October 5th. Molly Anne Hanes born to Elwood and Annie Hanes. [GBInd]

Democrat Lenny Clotch is reelected to his final term as Mayor of New York City [GBOT]

November 19. Kevin Kemarly is born in Onarga, near Chicago, Illinois. [OGB]

(RGB Season 4)
January 12. Birth of Zach LaVoy in Chicago, Illinois. [GBWC]

January 20. Ben King Jr. is born in Buckinghamshire, England, to nineteen year old Ben King and his wife Andrea, an unplanned teen pregnancy. The marriage ends up short lived, and after the divorce Ben Jr. is taken by his mother to the United States. [GBUK]

Janine is romanced by Paul Smart, president of Grossjuck Industries; his real purpose is to gain knowledge of confidential Ghostbuster technology to create Robobuster X-1,a ghostbusting robot that nearly drives the Ghostbusters out of business. In the end, Smart is disgraced and Grossjuck is sued and disbanded. [RGB]

Four Ghostbusters from the 2020's--hyperintelligent twins John and Eden, sorcerer Eric, and British detective TJ--appear to halt the plans of Dr. Harlan Herbert Loone, who has been brainwashed by criminals in the 24th century to murder the original Ghostbusters. With his collaborator Dr. Norman "Professor Dweeb" Draverhaven, they attempt to kill first Janine Melnitz then Peter Venkman, but are foiled. The Ghostbusters catch the Sleaze shortly afterward. [GBOT]

Herbert Loone and Norman Draverhaven are committed to Parkview Hospital [GBOT]

February 11. The Ghostbusters attend Mardi Gras after missing the celebration in 1985. Ray falls in love with the ghost of Elizabeth Metairie, who died on the Lady M in 1853. The Ghostbusters help Elizabeth and the Lady M disperse peacefully. [RGB/GBOT]

April 30. Andrew Ryan Harness is born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is the nephew of Ryan Harness, who had studied briefly with Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler back in 1973 [GBWC,GBTN]

Tim Bondo graduates Waxhaw High School [GBDP]

Southall Sanitarium is closed down, after a scandal in which the administrator, Thomas Forrester, had been going steadily mad since June 1983. He had ordered numerous "unnecessary surgeries" and even the incineration of patients. [GBOT]

After surviving possession by an earth spirit, the ECTO-1 wins first prize at a classic car show. Eight year old Roland Jackson attends the show, and becomes intrigued by the vehicle and other Ghostbusting technology. [RGB, EGB]

A Ghostbusters franchise is founded in Los Angeles. [GBWC]

In the wake of the disastrous events of the last few months, several protracted lawsuits against the Ghostbusters (some dating back to the Gozer incident of 1983) are brought to court. Rather than go to trial, the team is forced to accept a plea agreement wherein they are slapped with an injunction against acting as paranormal investigators. [GB2,GBOT]

Having had to give up their lives as Ghostbusters, the team finds new ways to get by. Egon Spengler returns to research, specializing in new theories on psychomagnetheric resonance in human emotional states. Ironically enough, he's hired by Columbia University. Peter Venkman becomes host of a cheesy, low budget TV program called World of the Psychic. Ray Stantz keeps busy as the proprietor of an occult bookstore, and appearing with Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbuster costume at children's parties. Janine is hired by Columbia University as Egon's personal secretary [GB2,GBOT]

Ryan Jackson is born in New York, the fourth of the seven children of Phil and Sharon Jackson [GBOT]

Birth of Scotty Whittington, the son of Jeremy and Cindy Whittington [GBOT/IDW]

Ironically enough, in the fall of 1986, an animated series based on the Ghostbusters' adventures (story edited by noted sci-fi writer J. Micheal Straczynski) is a groundbreaking ratings success.[HA]

The Fortieth Grand Tribunal of the Order of Hermes. Primus Marangoudakis of Tytalus continues his push for action against the Ghostbusters, but as the company is out of business at this time, the Order sees no need for action. Lady Enlightenment and Dao Jun both attend. [GBOT]

Most of the early franchises of GBI, absent support from the "home office", go out of business in short order. [GBOT, GBWC]

Cliff Roswell moves to Pittburgh, PA. [GBInd]

Zachary Wrent, an amateur ghost hunter, goes to the Columbia House Hotel in search of his deceased aunt, Rachel Leavenworth. Instead of his aunt, he finds the Blue Girl, an amnesiac spirit. He is so certain the spirit is his aunt that she cannot find the heart to correct him. Unable to remember her true identity, the Blue Girl simply calls herself "Rachel Leavenworth" from that point onward. She also begins to claim her birthday is September 28, 1987-- the date Mr. Wrent made contact with her. Zachary gives up ghost hunting soon after and is ordained a Catholic priest.

Tim Bondo enlists in the United States Air Force. In his ten years of service, he receives training in such fields as engineering, metallurgy, chemistry, weaponry, and judo. [GBDP]

November 21. On Egon's thirtieth birthday, he is visited by his half brother Ellis and his neice Jen. Ellis offers him a job with Spengler Labs; Egon refuses [GBOT]

(GB2 and RGB#1-2)
March 18. Birth of Oscar Wilhelm Wallance to Andre and Dana; the two divorce soon after when Andre gets an offer from a European orchestra that is too good to pass up. Dana has also given up her musical career, and works restoring paintings at the Manhattan Museum of Art under the supervision of Janosz Poha. [GB2,GBOT]

Now relocated in London, Andre meets art reporter Kate Hamilton. They begin dating shortly afterwards [GBOT]

June 16. Birth of Kevin Rivera to NYPD policeman Carlos "Carl" Rivera and his wife Beth. [XGB]

Thomas Forrester, the former administrator of Southall Sanitarium, commits suicide. [GBOT]

Casey Jackson is born in New York, the fifth of the seven children of Phil and Sharon Jackson [XGB]

Nick Hogan is murdered by a robber in front of his younger brother Leon. Seventeen year old Fritz Baugh attends the funeral. The murder is not solved until 2003. [GBWC]

Oscar Wallance is stalked by the undead Carpathian despot Vigo Von Hamburg Deutchendorf, and in the process the crisis leads to the reactivation of Ghostbusters Inc. Louis Tully is hired as accountant and legal adviser, and he and Janine date for a brief time. [GB2]

A second 1959 Miller Meteor is purchased by GBInc. It is registered as "ECTO-1A" and features a flashier design than it's predecessor. The original ECTO-1, it's engine unusable, is put into storage. [GB2,GBOT]

December. Doc Hazzard makes his annual check on the capsule containing his arch foe Fu Fang, and discovers that Fang is gone! He immediately alerts his old comrade, the Crimson Crimebuster, who later brings in Alan Weinberg, the son of the original Lunar Avenger. [Now]

(RGB Season 5 and RGB#3-19)
In the opening hours of 1989, the Ghostbusters defeat Vigo the Carpathian. [GB2]

After New Year's, the registration on the original ECTO-1 expires. The replacement, first registered as ECTO-1A, is reregistered ECTO-1. The team also returns to their original Ghostbuster logo. [GBOT,RGB]

Venkman and Louis sell Columbia and Dan Aykroyd the rights to do another Ghostbusters movie for quick cash to help rebuild the company; Aykroyd and Ramis decide to do an account of the battle with Vigo [GBOT,GB2,HA]

Contact with any surviving GBI franchises is instigated by Venkman and Louis; NOVAGB is fully reactivated. [GBOT]

Some time after New Year's, a second Vigo painting surfaces in the Manhattan Museum of Art's archives. It also turns out to be ensorcelled, but with Vigo's essence still mostly dispersed and the river of slime dried up, it mostly just rants incoherently. [GBOT, GBVG]

Some time after New Year's, Dana Barrett receives an offer from the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. After some soul searching, she and Peter decide she should take it, and continue their relationship long distance [GBOT]

The Ghostbusters meet werewolf Irena Cortez.[Now]

The Ghostbusters and the Crime Patrol team up to defeat the ghost of Fu Fang [Now]

Ron Daniels graduates high school at the age of 16 [NOMAD]

Fritz Baugh graduates high school in the top 10% of his class. He attends Purdue University that fall, majoring in physics [GBWC]

Orla Wainwright (maiden name unrevealed) begins attending UCONN, planning to be a Business Major. She attends there four semesters before marrying John Wainwright. [GBDP]

The demon Astorath, with the assistance of necromancer Nathaniel Blaque, attempts to invade Earth using his son Shannon Phillips as a lever. The Ghostbusters free Shannon from Astorath, who is in turn betrayed and apparently destroyed by Blaque. Shannon becomes the ward of Irena Cortez [Now]

The Ghostbusters meet Phineus Eventide, the Prince of Warlocks [Now]

Ghostbusters 2, featuring the entire original cast of the first movie, is released. Due to a sloppy contract drafted by Louis Tully, the studio is able to take more liberties with what "really" happened, and some of the Ghostbusters (particularly Janine) are not happy with the finished product. Ghostbusters 2 makes only about half of the original, but is still one of the top movies of 1989. [GBOT,HA,GB2]

The New York Ghostbusters journey to Ceratel to fight Nurtog, and have their third encounter with Samhaine. Janine officially ends her relationship with Louis Tully [Now]

Jock Mulligan, running on the ticket of the New York State Independent Party, defeats Repbulican Arnie Lapinski and Democrat David Sommer in the Mayoral election. Prior to enlisting Mulligan, the Independents tried to recruit Ghostbuster Peter Venkman. Mulligan succeeds three-term Democrat Lenny Clotch. [GBOT, iB, GBVG]

On Kreen, Kyrie Wheatberry is stung by a silt spider while hunting snozzberries. She gets the help of her thirteen year-old daughter, Coda Monkeyfang, in creating an antidote, but it comes too late and Kyrie dies. Coda is left alone for a time, before she is found and enslaved by the kreen slavers G'Gat and K'Kinb. Coda learns to commune with a primal spirit known as a macetail (resembling an ankylosaur) which gives her the strength to be useful to the kreen. Ignorant about hobbits, the kreen refer to her as their "Goblinchild".

(RGB Season 6 and issues 20-28)
Egon frees Janine from the power of the Makeoverus Lotsabucks, and they officially become a couple. [RGB]

Josiah Nodus arrives in 1990 from the year 2003 in an alternate timeline. After making a fortune in the stock market, he buys up the remaining assets of Grossjuck Industries, including Grossjuck Plaza. Nodus International begins building it's influence in the business community. [GBOT]

Dr. Albert Roberts founds another of GBI's most enduring franchises, the Middle Tennessee Ghostbusters (MTGB) [GBTN]

Amy ("A.J.") Jackson is born in New York, the sixth of the seven children of Phil and Sharon Jackson [GBOT]

June. Oliver P. White and Jay Martin Born in Oxford, UK [GBOX]

July 17. Alberto Rivera, a member of the NYPD, originally from Mexico, is killed in the line of duty by small-time hood Sandy Drake. He is survived by his wife Carlota, sons Carlos and Eduardo, as well as a grandson, Kevin. [GBOT,XGB]

Dr. Norman "Professor Dweeb" Draverhaven escapes from the mental hospital, and forms an alliance with "The Glob" to free Norman's old enemy, The Sleaze, from the GBInc. Ecto Containment Unit. [RGB,GBOT]

Third encounter with the Boogeyman, fourth with Samhaine [Now]

A Tiamat cult tries to put subliminal messages in the background music at a 2Crew Run DOA Humpers concert. The Ghostbusters stop it from happening [GBOT]

(RGB Season 7 and RGB Vol.2)
The Ghostbusters are drawn into the "Maze of Time" and discover the fate of paranormal researcher J.H. Tobin. Tobin, having been the "Chronicler of the Spirits" for the mysterious "Council of Eight" since around 1924, appears to die at the hands of the entity "Evil." [Now, GBI, GBOT]

Death of legendary comic book artist Frank Bancroft, co-creator of "Super Gods" and other popular comics in a career spanning five decades [IDW]

The Ghostbusters are summoned to the Pentagon, and discover a lost device created by Egon's mentor Ian Epimethius. Use of the device accidentally sets the Peoplebusters loose on Earth, and causes the brief return of Professor Epimethius. After the Ghostbusters defeat the Peoplebusters, Epimethius takes them back to the "Flip Side", having decided that he was needed there in a way he wasn't on Earth. [Now, GBOT]

The Ghostbusters are contacted by the mysterious businessman Josiah Nodus to undertake a lucrative errand in Transylvania. They are told that the man they are to help his aide contact, Baron Igor Vashnivski, may very well be a vampire. Upon meeting Vashnivski, his undead nature is soon verified, as he is attacked by a group nicknamed "The Inquisitors": Father Diego Portenza (a Catholic priest); Lady Enlightenment (Liz Hawthorne, a Hermetic mage of House Quaesitor); Bernard Lupin (a Werewolf of the Bone Gnawer Tribe); Lilly Peacecraft (a young psychic); and Sergei Kalashnikov, a brutal gunman. Kalashnikov is revealed as Vashnivski's descendant, Anatole Vashnivski, and in punishment the Baron embraces him. The Ghostbusters and Inquisitors are allowed to leave peacefully [GBOT]

Andre Wallance, Oscar's biological father, marries his second wife, art reporter Kate Hamilton. [GBOT]

The "Spooktacular" show begins its fourteen year run at Universal Studios Florida. Newlywed Orla Wainwright moves to Orlando with her husband, John, and begins working on the show before the character is written out a couple of seasons later. After that, she serves as Coordination Manager. [HA, GBDP]

The Ghostbusters and Inquisitors stop the entities known as "The Zodiac Lords", but in the process Phineus Eventide sacrifices his life and Earth's PK matrix is seriously damaged; supernatural activity dries up almost completely, ruining GBInc's business. Vincent Belmont and Kylie Griffin are two of the people possessed by the entities; Photographer and paranormal investigator Ben King witnesses the first manifestation, capturing one of the creatures on film. [GBOT,GBAD,GBUK]

Lady Enlightenment, Barney Lupin, and Lilly Peacecraft end their association with the Father Portenza, and "The Inquisitors" dissolve. Lady Enlightenment is invited to Dragonsfall Regio by Fallagar, and remains there for almost three years. Barney and Lilly's go back to Las Vegas, where they lived before the Inquisitors form; Barney strikes it rich on a casino slot machine.[GBOT]

The demon D'Orka manifests at a July 4th comic convention. The Ghostbusters defeat it with the help of the ghost of comic book legend Frank Bancroft [IDW]

In an attempt to revitalize GBI and get good press, the Ghostbusters invite three prospective Ghostbusters International franchisees--Maddie Collins, Chad Fuller, and Bryan Welch--to New York to undergo training and evaluation.[GBVG/IDW]

Gozer cultist Ivo Shandor's spirit manifests; having sensed the ectosphere's depletion, he makes a last, desperate attempt to summon Gozer and destroy the world. Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn, one of his biological descendants, is part of his plan. He is stopped by the Ghostbusters. [GBVG]

After the Shandor incident, Maddie Collins, Chad Fuller, and Bryan Welch leave New York. Welch becomes the founder of a GBI franchise in Chicago, but it eventually fails; Collins and Fuller's activities after this point are unknown. [IDW/GBOT]

Janine Melnitz is injured during a bust, and suffers a concussion clouding much of her memory over the last year and a half--most notably in regards to the development of her relationship with Egon. Faced with this heartbreak and the plummeting profits caused by the PK drought, Egon unilaterally acts (as a founding member) to deactivate GBInc. [GBOT]

After the demise of Ghostbusters, Ray Stantz accepts a position at Stanford. Egon Spengler elects to remain in New York, living in the firehouse to keep an eye on the containment unit. Janine beings a rebound romance with Louis Tully [GBOT,XGB]

What few GBI franchises that exist are once again left without a parent company, though Spengler does offer occasional advice or equipment maintenance services from New York. Due to the drought of PKE, all franchises struggle and most either shut down or become dormant. [GBOT,XGB]

The year 1991 AD is officially recognized as the First Year of the Age of Aquarius by the "Children of Zodiac" and the Tribunal of the Order of Hermes. A faction of the Order of Hermes blames the Ghostbusters for the paranormal drought and thus the wizards' loss of power. [GBOT]

December 21. Winston Zeddemore marries longtime girlfriend Kaila MacMillan. Janine and Louis are the only former employees of Ghostbusters to attend. [GBOT]

Over the next few years the Zeddemores would move to Montana, near Winston's sister. Winston would get his pilot's license and make a living with a commuter airline. [XGB]

Rose Lockyer buys her great granddaughter Kylie a cat, which she names Pagan. [XGB, GBOT]

February. Birth of John Gabriel Vernon; his mother Christine is a friend of Mick Nielson [GBWC]

Seeing the closing of GBNY as a business opportunity, engineer Ron Alexander opens his own ghost hunting company, Ghostsmashers. Alexander hires three women--Lou Kamaka, Jenny Moran, and Dani Shpak--to serve as his fellow Ghostsmashers. Due to the drought of paranormal energy, however, the company goes under within a year. [IDW, GBOT]

Marriage of Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett. Ray, Janine, and Louis attend; Winston attends alone, as his wife is now pregnant. [GBOT]

Peter Venkman begins working as an agent for Columbia Pictures; Catharine Bartholomew is his first "discovery". Venkman also befriends director Jon Dennison. By 1997 Venkman runs his own agency, and is shopping around concepts for Ghostbusters 3 (The project never gets off the ground because Bill Murray and Brad Pitt both decline to play Venkman) [XGB,GBOT,GBWC]

Egon Spengler begins serving as a parapsychology instructor at New York City Community College; he meets Dr. Edward Kirillian, another paranormal researcher with "unusual" ideas, and senior member of NYCCC's parapsychology department. In specific, he believes that three crystal Toltec skulls can be used to enslave supernatural entities. [XGB]

Navyman Jim Aberdeen and his wife Pauline divorce. Jim moves to Los Angeles, and remarries at some point prior to 1996; Pauline and her daughter move to Avon, Indiana, a small town west of Indianapolis. That fall, Chelsea Aberdeen meets Geoff Sheppard, a student in the same Advance Placement classes. Within two years, they start dating. [GBWC]

Fallagar visits Kreen, and discovers the fate of his former companion Kyrie Wheatberry; Wheatberry's daughter Coda Monkeyfang returns with him to Dragonsfall, and awkwardly befriends some of the covenant staff, most notably fellow halfling Terchi Bagwise. [GBOT]

December 18. Birth of the first Ghostbuster offspring, Charlene Zeddemore, to Winston and his wife Kaila [GBOT]

Otter becomes unemployed, and starts living on the streets of Los Angeles [GBWC]

Ben King Sr.'s friend Andy is murdered by a demonic entity in the London Underground [GBUK]

April 1. Jessica Margaret Venkman is born to Peter and Dana. Dana's son Oscar Wallance (the newborn's half-brother) suggests the name. [GBOT]

Janine Melnitz marries Louis Tully on June 6. She's convinced within a month that it was a mistake, but stubbornly tries to make it work for some three years--though by 1996 she is living separately from him and in 1997 files for divorce. [GBOT]

At some point during this period, Janine temps with Rose Prevost. Rose is decidedly unimpressed by Louis. [GBWC]

June 8. On the tenth anniversary of the opening of Ghostbusters Inc. Egon Spengler is tested by Sarim-Lar, Lord of the Izumo, and Voice of Knowledge. He passes the tests, but declines the creature's offer of power and knowledge. Sarim-Lar is subsequently destroyed by Nodus, who had expected Spengler to take the offer. [GBOT]

At some point between 1993 and 1996, Egon decides that Kirillian is too unstable a researcher and ends his relationship with him. [XGB]

Republican Edwin McShane is elected Mayor of New York, defeating incumbent Jock Mulligan. McShane had previously served as a District Attorney, most famously securing the injunction against GBInc in 1986. [GBVG,XGB, GBOT]

Feb. 12. Hayden Benjamin Wallance is born to Andre and Kate [GBOT]

Joseph ("Joey") Jackson is born in New York, the last of the seven children of Phil and Sharon Jackson [GBOT]

Twelve year old Mike Devicente became a victim of ghostly possession when he found a teddy bear behind his fatherís tool shed. He took it home and within a few days, he believed himself to be a 6 year old girl named Polly. Luckily, Mikeís family figured out the source of the possession was the teddy bear, and Mike returned to normal when his older brother set it on fire. [GBWC]

Patty Tolan graduates high school; she moves to New York City where her maternal grandparents live, and gets a job with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) [GBOT, GBATC]

Lilly Peacecraft, living in Vegas with Barney Lupin, starts hearing the voices of the spirits for the first time since the Zodiac incident. They compel her to go to Palo Alto to contact Ray Stantz; she and Lupin leave to do so. [GBOT]

The 2 Crew Run DOA Humpers release I Wuz Set Up By the Man, but sales are flattened by scandal: MC Wink's mother, Lucretia Bottomsby, is interviewed by Celebrity magazine, and reveals that his real name is Percival Bottomsby III, and he was raised by rich shipping magnates, as opposed to his official, "street credible" biography which details his life as a crack orphan.

June 8. Thaydarr Stalker, an undead Death Knight and old enemy of Fallagar, leads an attack on Dragonsfall Regio; fearing it's about to fall, Liz and Tarantula teleport to Earth using a "return stone". Liz asks it to take her to Ray Stantz, and it does. Ray and Liz have some time to spend because due to Earth's lack of PKE; the return stone needs time to recharge. Barney and Lilly, following Lilly's prophetic visions, arrive at Stanford that same day, and an unexpected Inquisitors reunion occurs. Barney meets Mariko Fuyuno, one of Ray's students. [GBOT]

June 9. Liz, Ray, and Barney journey back to the Regio, and with the help of four of Fallagar's assistants--Styx, Terchi Bagwise, Coda Monkeyfang, and Dulk--drive out Stalker's forces [GBOT]

Liz decides to return to Earth to stay, and she and Ray begin dating seriously. Barney similarly begins a relationship with Mariko Fuyuno, one of Ray's grad students. [GBOT]

Ray's contract with Stanford is not renewed; he accepts an offer to do pyrokinetic research at the University of Idaho. Liz moves there with him. On October 14th, the day after Ray's 35th birthday, they become engaged to be married. [XGB/GBOT]

November. Captain Steel #350 is released, celebrating the character's thirtieth anniversary. It's especially poignant as the book had very nearly been canceled in 1984. In accordance with the standards of the day, the comic is released with ten gatefold holofoil variant that include trading cards. [GBOT/RGB]

Ray meets Liz's nephew, Jay Brushett, and the two quickly form a bond [GBOT/CGB]

January. Ray and Liz visit Tegan Fielding at Nigrasaxa. Zephyranthes (Eric Collins) gives Ray and Liz a "good luck charm" of his own creation as a wedding present. [GBOT]

Near the end of Ray's first year at the University of Idaho, a botched pyrokinesis experiment causes damage to a laboratory. The University does not extend Ray's contract. [GBOT/XGB]

Roland Jackson graduates high school; that fall, he enrolls at New York City Community College. [XGB]

May 28. Ray Stantz marries Liz Hawthorne. Venkman and Winston, along with Winston's wife Kaila, attend--Oscar was still in first grade, and Charlene Zeddemore stayed in New York with her paternal grandparents and her cousin Patty Tolan. [GBOT]

Ben King Sr. meets Iain Bennett and Tommy Simpson, laying the groundwork for the formation of SPRIG (and later, the GBUK)[GBUK]

Janine Melnitz works in daycare. Around this time, the last of her pre-1991 memories resurface, including the full truth about her relationship with Egon. She moves out of Louis' apartment and files for separation. [GBOT]

Late February or Early March. Lars Richard Wallance, the second child of Andre and Kate Wallance (and thus Andre's third son) is born. His half-brother Oscar is the step son of former Ghostbuster Peter Venkman. [GBOT]

Vincent Belmont takes the Oath of Bonisagus, becoming an official magus of the Order of Hermes' House Bonisagus [GBAD]

Ron Daniels graduates UGA with a Masters Degree in History [NOMAD]

February 9. Kylie Griffin's grandmother, Rose Nelson Lockyer, dies. Kylie, already a budding new-age spiritualist and Ghostbuster scholar, intensifies her studies into the supernatural in hopes of contacting her grandmother's ghost. [XGB]

Kate Wallance's third pregnancy ends in a miscarriage [GBOT]

Kylie Griffin, Eduardo Rivera, and Garrett Miller all graduate high school. Each enrolls at New York City Community College, but none meet each other until January of 1997. [XGB]

July 26. Eric Elwood Stantz is born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Ray and Liz Stantz [GBOT]

July 26. Zephyranthes of Nigrasaxa Covenant, born two hundred and thirty-four years earlier as Eric Collins of Hertfordshire, passes away.[GBOT]

The Hicks family, including Jeremy, moves to Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico. [GBWC]

On the expanding new technology known as "the Internet", fan sites devoted to the careers of the Ghostbusters start to open [HA]

Geoff Sheppard dies in a freak car accident the night of the prom he was supposed to attend with Chelsea Aberdeen.. At some point prior to 2004, Dorothy becomes aware that he, too, was murdered by Lucindra's curse. [GBWC]

Bill Malkin, Dave Mallozzi, and Tim Mabes encounter the Jersey Devil while on a camping trip in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey. They become interested in the paranormal, and form the Jersey Devil Paranormal Society Club. [GBNJ]

College student Mick Nielson, attending school in Tampa, FL, stumbles upon a werewolf hiding in the woods nearby. He aids agents of the Shadow Chasers in capturing the creature, and is inducted into their team afterward. [GBSC]

Maryland science student Will Ketcham forms his own paranormal investigation society; a fan of the now defunct Ghostbusters, he names his group "Maryland Ghostbusters" [GBInd,GBWC]

Scott Aberdeen is born. "Scotty" is the son of James Aberdeen and his second wife, Clara. [GBWC]

Joanie Wainwright is born, the daughter of John and Orla Wainwright. [GBDP]

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