Today I got to work and a friend started singing “Don’t You Forget About Me.” I thought he was trying to tell me he was leaving. Instead, he let me know that John Hughes had died the night before.
I don’t think I would’ve thought that much more about the death of this man, but another friend sent me a link to a woman’s blog who has a unique story about Hughes that I wanted to share with you.
As a teenage fan of The Breakfast Club, Allison Byrn Fields wrote a letter to Hughes (who wrote and produced the film) thanking him and relating her teenage experiences to the situations and characters in the movie. A few weeks later, she got a letter back, a form letter! This did not sit well with Allison Byrn Fields, so she wrote him back to let him know it. I ask you to visit Allison’s blog to read the rest of the story. Its touching and inspiring.
What I am ashamed to say is that I did not recognize this man’s name, but I certainly recognize his work. I did a quick imdb.com search on John Hughes and discovered that he was THE movie writer/producer of the 80s. If you grew up in the 80s, you probably know many of Hughes’ words by heart:
- Sixteen Candles
- The Breakfast CLub
- Ferris Buller’s Day Off
- Weird Science
- Pretty in Pink
- Some Kind of Wonderful
- Planes Trains and Automobiles
- She’s Having a Baby
- The Great Outdoors
- Uncle Buck
- European Vacation (Holiday Rooooooooooaooaoaaoood)
- Christmas Vacation
- Home Alone
ALL 80’s classics. Movies I grew up on and spent a good part of college quoting from (thanks to Clark and Ferris, especially). And I never knew the brain behind the act.
I don’t know what else to say, I guess I am just thinking about how much I loved these movies growing up but never stopped to think about the person who created the magic.
From now on I am going to start paying more attention.