This week, we’re returning to the Nerd Role Models series, where we examine popular characters from geek culture, break down just why people respond to them and – critically – look at just what you can learn from them.
And considering that this the 30th anniversary of the release of my favorite movie, Ghostbusters, it’s the perfect time to take a look at the man who is perhaps singlehandedly responsible for getting quirky, funny, odd-looking nerds laid since 1984: Doctor Peter Venkman.
Now it’s almost impossible to separate Dr. Venkman from Bill Murray himself. Bill Murray is, in many ways, the human incarnation of Coyote, a mischevious trickster spirit who’s almost impossible to predict or pin down. In fact, Murray has been horning in on my act, providing some – frankly – rather excellent relationship advice while crashing a stranger’s bachelor party:
But it’s Dr. Venkman’s charm and panache that makes him so damn likable. So, what is it that we can learn from Dr. Venkman, aside from the fact that women dig a guy with an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back?
Well to start with…