By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Dan Aykroyd was in Langford, BC for a dual purpose — to promote his Crystal Head Vodka and to help raise awareness of and money (to which even I donated to) for a young Langford teen, Zach Downey, fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma. This actor led a motorcycle ride on a 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide through the area before arriving at Liquor Planet. People who bought the 50th Anniversary Rolling Stones Gift Pack with the Crystal Head Vodka had the opportunity to get it signed along with any other goods they brought along.
Amongst the crowd were also fans of the movie Ghostbusters and Blues Brothers to make this charity event utterly fantastic. It was well run and no real hiccups occurred. The staff of Liquor Planet said that Aykroyd was willing to stick around for as long as needed to get through the long lineup which eventually stretched outside and as far back as the rear of the store by 2:30pm or so. It might have shortened when the rain came, but for the lucky people who were inside and present early, they were entertained by a live band playing blues music with cosplayers and bikers enjoying the show.
The presence of Ghostbusters fandom was huge, because that’s what Dan Aykroyd is most well-known for. I am a real paranormal investigator and although I may seem to be the odd man out, wearing my PARAVI coat to pimp out my group, I felt just fine.
I love and respect Mr. Aykroyd for everything he has done in the various communities and enterprises he’s been involved with. For the paranormal world, he’s one of the few people who helped make interest in ghosts mainstream. I rank him amongst the greats from the late 70’s and early 80’s, like Arthur C. Clarke, Henry Winkler and Leonord Nimoy, who produced or narrated products that said that there is a mysterious world to explore and seek an understanding with. Not every paranormal incident is smoke and mirrors. To those people who are more sceptical, that’s fine. I believe in what the great detective Sherlock Holmes applies to his investigations — the principle of occam’s razor. Quite simply: the simplest answer is often the right answer.
And with Mr. Aykroyd’s long time love for the paranormal which was perpetuated by his father being a spiritualist himself, it no doubt evolved into him crafting the movie, Ghostbusters. I heavily recommend A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters by Peter Aykroyd; it’s a great read that covers a lot of ground from its early origins from the Fox Sisters on to help people get an idea of what this world is all about from a personal perspective.