The first Official Ghostbusters Fan Club was founded on July 3, 1984 by Mark Lister and Jim Garvey of Swissvale, Pennsylvania, who paid Columbia Pictures an estimated $10,000 for the right to operate an official fan club. The fan club operated domestically, as well as internationally. Applicants would send in their money and fill out a ghostbusting job application. There was no guaranteed acceptance, but no applicant was ever rejected - even Samantha, a dog who sent in her paw print as proof of her interest in Ghostbusters. For the $8.95 registration fee, members received the following
- A personal membership card.
- The official Ghostbusters metal badge.
- A Certificate of Anti-Paranormal Proficiency, four "This Property Protected by Ghostbusters" color stickers.
- An Ectomobile sticker.
- A Ghostbusters logo patch.
- One-year subscription to the quarterly newsletter entitled The Official Trade Journal of Certified Ghostbusters.
Fan Club Promotion
- Official Ghostbusters Iron-On Embroidered Emblem - On back of Free Booklet that comes with patches.
- Items originally sold through Ghostbusters Official Mail Order Merchandise can be seen in the photo for the fan group article.
- Likewise, much of the merchandise was produced by Photo-Lith International.
- On page 11 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, in panel 1, on the cork board is the black and white photo of Fan Club's Swissvale, Pennsylvania founders Mark Lister and Jim Garvey with merchandise.
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