Don't you forget about me...

If you were raised at all in the 80s or into the early 90s, you were dealt a bit of a blow today with the sudden passing of John Hughes at the age of 59 from a heart attack.

Yeah, I know that everybody in the world is talking about this already. It's been Twittified to the ends of the Earth and back. But I don't care. I'm talking about it anyway. And if you don't want to read it, then move on. Nobody's forcing you to stay.

For those of you still with me... thanks.

JohnHughes John Hughes was a big deal to a great number of us. He wrote, produced, and directed some of seminal films of our life. Just to name a few of the ones that might help set the stage: The Breakfast Club; Sixteen Candles; Weird Science; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Home Alone; Some Kind of Wonderful; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; National Lampoon's Vacation (and the European and Christmas varietals as well); Uncle Buck; The Great Outdoors; Pretty in Pink...

You get the picture?

And that list only scratches the surface.

The man told stories from the heart. They were funny, they were painful, they were silly, they left you heartbroken. But, most importantly, they were real. Sure, you might look at that list and think, "what the hell are you talking about, Kevin?" But look beyond the surface. There was somebody or some event in each and every one of those films that you related to, that defined who you were and who you are.

And what made John Hughes so great was that, despite how you viewed yourself or what similar situations you found yourself in, he let you know it was okay. You could be the jock, the nerd, the wastoid, the punk, the princess, the slacker, the overachiever. It didn't matter. To John, everyone had some kind of redeeming value and that's why he took such care in crafting his characters.

Those of us who grew up watching his films learned about love and hate and pain and fear and joy and sorrow and, well, life

Sure, you won't see any of John's films on the AFI100 lists. But his legacy is much greater. He made us human. And his films will be with many of us in our hearts forever. What greater legacy could you ask for?

Even you naysayers cannot deny the impact he had on our generation.

To John Hughes, rest in peace.

On a side note, I'd like to personally thank you for Mary Stuart Masterson in fringed, fingerless gloves playing the drums. *sigh*

Oh, and if some dude named Avitable comes asking for an interview, run.

I gotta thank Rory for this little montage he shared on Google Reader. It's good times.

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Couldn't count how many times I've heard "It's a fat girl's name" upon introduction to someone , but I still love The Breakfast Club. Also 16 Candles even though some of it mirrors my experiences a bit too closely.

He raised the bar for portraying teen characters.

Kevin Spencer

I was driving earlier today and heard the news of his passing on the radio. I couldn't believe it. Kinda sad when someone responsible for all those 80s memories dies.

hello haha narf

love his work.
rest in peace, john. rest in peace.


I'm so sorry about the "fat girl's name" thing. Although the name Kevin is getting a bit maligned in the media lately. Either a goofy, gender-confused cartoon animal (Up) or some kind of psycho killer (Sin City). Haven't had a good one, really, since The Wonder Years. Bummer.


What's worse is that I'm hearing all this news first from Twitter.



SoMi's Nilsa

On the way to work this morning, I was struck by what an effect he had on our generation. It was his movies that snapped me out of childhood and into something greater. It was his movies where I fell in love with the cute boys and learned how much fun it might be to be mischievous. He really has done a great job of capturing our times. His unknown future work will be missed.


The countless hours I wasted re-watching The Breakfast Club and memorizing the lines and the many times I've re-watched the Otis Redding scene in Pretty In Pink I can forever thank Hughes for the person I am now...not sure if that's a compliment though.

Sybil Law

He was an awesome man who made awesome movies. I was all sad on hearing of his death.
Nice post.
RIP, John Hughes. You were majorly appreciated.

Beyond Alice

Some of the most memorable movies of my youth. John Hughes made quite an impact on us all! RIP


I wonder if some of it might still see the light of day. He was mostly writing and producing anyway. He hadn't directed since 1991.


I'm sure he'd see it as a compliment.


I can't imagine he wouldn't know how much he is appreciated and adored.


That he most certainly did!

radioactive tori

The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite movies ever. I hadn't heard the news yet (I live under a rock?) but now I am sad and may have to watch the movie today.


I'm thinking of busting out Ferris Bueller and Some Kind of Wonderful this weekend.


Oh, good old John and I have an interview in the can, ready to be published on Monday!


He defined my teenaged years. I wanted to BE Molly Ringwald in Pretty In Pink or Mary Stuart Masterson in Some Kind of Wonderful (both still movies near and dear to my heart that I can quote entirely). I'm glad you posted this! It's so sad that he's gone.

You might enjoy this:


I had a feeling. ;-)


Wow. That was a powerful post. You shared that one on Google Reader,
too, didn't you? I remember seeing it but not having the chance to
read it.


He was one of a kind - in heart, mind and soul. R.I.P. John. And that montage is cool.


The only thing that would've made the montage cooler was if it used a
song that one of Hughes' films made famous. Welcome aboard, BTW!


Someone sent me this blog...

If you read it and don't feel warm and fuzzy afterwards... you ain't breathin...



I thought about posting something about the passing of John Hughes (and I still may), but your post is a great mention of everything that Director Hughes was. He created some timeless movies with timeless themes.


Yeah, Sizzle sent me that one as well. Trust me, I'm'a breathin'.


I wonder if anyone can fill those shoes.


An impressive and most enjoyable body of work, indeed.


Truly is, isn't it?

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