Ladies and gentleman, my name is Stephen and I am very honored to be here today to present the key to New York City. The key, as many of you know, is an incredible honor that is only bestowed on a select few. The key to the city is a tradition that began centuries ago in medieval times and granted the recipient passage through the gates at any time. Today, it signifies the holder's exceptional service to our wonderful city. No one deserves this more than tonight's honorees.
These men have done so much for this city and have made huge strides in keeping our citizens safe. They are on call 24 hours a day, selflessly giving their time to protect us. Heads turn when their sirens sounds and the sight of them driving down the street gives hope to all those who see it. Our boys here are certainly an unorthodox group, the only one of their kind, but we love them just the same.
Before we present the award, we'd like to give a brief history. The three founders were originally professors at Columbia University, but they were driven to leave the lives of educators behind them to devote their time and extensive knowledge to keep us alive. For this we are forever in their debt. One of their founders was so dedicated to their cause that he mortgaged his house in order to fund their work. With this money, he acquired an old abandoned fire house and an ambulance for their use. It took weeks and a lot of work, but they eventually had a fully functioning station and transportation. Days later, the sign was hung, the lines were open, and the alarm was ready to ring. They started small, as many privately owned corporations do, but it wasn't long until word got out and business took off.
They've diverted hundreds of crises over the years. They saved the Sedgewick Hotel from destruction, showed admirable heroism in the Gozer incident, and played a huge part in preventing Vigo from destroying our city. Well, without further adieu, allow me to introduce the men of the hour: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore. The stoppers of specters, the fryers of phantoms, the banishers of banshees, the halters of haunts, and the eradicators of ectoplasm: The Ghostbusters!
So there it is, I hope you enjoyed it. I don't have anything else for today but I'll post again before long. Probably sometime early next week.
Until next time,