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Local startup executive reflects on Bill Murray crashing his bachelor party

The best bachelor party story of the year — and perhaps of all time — belongs to EJ Rumpke. It literally became international news.

That will happen when Bill Murray unexpectedly shows up to dinner to offer wisdom to the bachelor. After the website Deadspin caught wind of it, Rumpke, the 26-year-old director of operations for Baltimore startup company Kinglet, received interview requests from the BBC, CNN, Fox News and other outlets. He broke down the full story in a personal blog post on Thursday called "The First Degree of Bill Murray — What I Learned When He Crashed My Bachelor Party." 

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The abridged version is a story of coincidence. In May, Murray was in the same Charleston, S.C., steakhouse as Rumpke and his 19 buddies he met from Boston College. The mercurial actor showed up, gave advice about love and hoisted Rumpke on his shoulders.

Rumpke, who has since been married, said on Friday the situation still seems surreal.

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"He just held the room captive with every word he was saying," Rumpke, a Washington resident, said. "I think the reason the story went viral was because he had a great message to say and a great story a lot of people could relate to."

Murray's advice to Rumpke was to travel the world with his significant other and if he came back still in love, it was meant to be.

Murray is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. In the story, which hit stands today, Rumpke is quoted about the experience, and Murray admits the inspiration for the advice came from a friend who tried it, and learned the hard way.

Rumpke, whose favorite Murray film is "Caddyshack," said he and his wife have yet to take Murray's advice but hope to one day.

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"That's the goal," he said. "In 20, 25 years, we'll have to travel the world and stop in JFK [International Airport] to renew our vows."

But what happened after the video stops playing? Rumpke said Murray vanished, and his party was asked to relocate.

"We were politely asked to leave the steakhouse afterward for being a little too loud," Rumpke said, "but it was worth it."

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