Written By: Bill Malkin, District 2 Coordinator
On Saturday March 8, 2014 Ghostbusters NJ staff members Bill Malkin, Rich Roy, Greg McHugh, and Jeffe Rodriguez joined forces with our northern neighbors the North Jersey Ghostbusters staff Jody Sumner, Ron Giameo, Carol Jacky, and Kenneth Cunningham to storm Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill, NJ. Officially we were there to promote ghostbusting across the Garden State, with guest of honor, Ernie Hudson, (Twitter) who so perfectly played Winston Zeddemore in the movies. Unofficially this was to be the first actual meeting of New Jersey’s 2 Ghostbusters franchises.
The event was amazing. Our motley group of 7 Ghostbusters were celebrities. Barely a minute would pass without a request for pictures with the Ghostbusters. Then the inevitable happened. While waiting for Rich to make the long trek across the Garden State, the manager of the Hotel asked a few of us to check out the reports of disturbances on the ninth floor. The guests were starting to ask questions and the staff were running out of excuses. Greg, Jeffe, Ron and I loaded into the elevator and headed up to nine.
I don’t know if it was the free energy drinks that were given out or growing excitement for spending time with Mr. Hudson, but Greg and Ron jumped the gun and blasted some poor maid just trying to clean the rooms of the various geeks that descended upon Cherry Hill that fateful day. After we put out the fire and gave her some hush money we continued the investigation.
We found the standard class 5 chowing down on some vending machine snacks. I quickly tossed a trap underneath the foul smelling blob. Unfortunately for me that meant I had to cart around a loaded ghostrap for the rest of the day as evidenced by a majority of the pictures floating around the interwebs. Oh well we collected a cool 5k for our troubles, so I won’t complain too much!
In the end we got a group photo with Ernie and made new friends, all-in-all a pretty successful trip.
Webmaster Note: More pictures will be uploaded to our site at my earliest convenience. If you’re that impatient check out many additional pictures at our collective Ghostbusters NJ/New Jersey Ghostbusters Facebook page. – Rich