In the original script for Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore was intended
to be the smartest and most capable of the Ghostbusters, a former Marine with
multiple degrees and a Ph.D., making him more suited for the job than the
founding three Ghostbusters. However, in the final screenplay none of these
qualifications were mentioned. The changes are discussed in detail in the
commentary on the DVD of Ghostbusters, though no explanation is given for
However, the novelization of Ghostbusters mentions Zeddemore's service
with the Marines prior to joining the Ghostbusters. Further, in Ghostbusters:
The Video Game, while the Ghostbusters are on a mission in the New York
History Museum, Zeddemore reminisces about the time he spent studying for his
doctorate in the museum's Egyptology wing. (In context, it's unclear if
Zeddemore studied for the doctorate prior to joining the Ghostbusters, or
sometime between the events of the movies and the game's setting in 1991.)
The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Ghostbusters in Paris" reveals that
Zeddemore was also once a construction worker prior to joining the Ghostbusters.
This idea seems to be further reinforced in the episode 'The Brooklyn Triangle',
when the Ghostbusters respond to a construction site headed by his father; this
would indicate that it might've been a family business, until Winston decided to
join the Ghostbusters.
Zeddemore is also a religious man to some extent, confirming in a discussion
in Ghostbusters that he "loves Jesus' style".
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