As a child of the 1980′s,there was no other writer or director who made as big of an impression on me as John Hughes did. So its with a saddened heart that I have to report that Hughes,59,has passed away following a heart attack he suffered during a stroll through New York City earlier today. John Hughes was the man behind hits and teen classics like “16 Candles”,“The Breakfast Club”,“Weird Science”,“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”&“Uncle Buck”and penned at least twenty other classics,like “National Lampoon’s Vacation”,“Home Alone”,“The Great Outdoors”,“She’s Having a Baby”,“Some Kind of Wonderful”and any other awesome movie that reminds you of your childhood.
For those who know me well,there really isn’t another director/writer who has entertained me for as many hours as John Hughes. He had a rare ability to write stories about REAL KIDS and actual families. He made movies where you could learn a lesson and bust your gut from laughing so hard at the same time. When I think of the 80′s,the imagery he created is what pops into my head. He found a love for the quirky kids,be them the class dorks or the rulers of the school,and he made sure that his characters felt real. He brought an authenticity to his productions,a real feeling of misunderstood youth and equally confused adulthood,which reflected the American suburb I grew up in so well. His soundtracks were perfection and they showcased indie bands like The Smiths,OMD and The Rave-Ups and they were the central reason I listened to Otis Redding as a teenager. So before I wallow in my sadness with a full on Hughes marathon,let’s watch this montage of the work and happiness this dude has brought to so many people. If it wasn’t for Hughes,I wouldn’t have believed I could have banged Jake Ryan and for that necessary self-esteem boost at age 14,I must thank you. Hughes is survived by his wife of 39 years,his two children and four grandchildren.
RIP Mr John Hughes,you were and always will remain a dear friend to me.
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