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.
- Items originally sold through Ghostbusters Official Mail Order Merchandise can be seen in the photo for the fan group article.
- On page 2, panel 3 of Ghostbusters: Get Real Issue #3, there is a nod to the club on Egon Spengler's clipboard, including the "I've Been Slimed" and "Back Off, Man" stickers.
- Spook Central: Ghostbusters Official Fan Club
- Ghostbusters Inc.: When Ghostbusters Had An Official Fan Club