Director/writer/producer John Hughes died at the age of 59. Before any of you ask “Why is this worthwhile?”, check out list of films Hughes directed, produced or wrote and you most likely saw: “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Uncle Buck,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Curly Sue,” “Mr. Mom,” “Home Alone,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Weird Science,” “She’s Having a Baby,” National Lampoon’s “Vacation”, “Christmas Vacation”, and “European Vacation”, “Beethoven,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Baby’s Day Out”, just to name a few. We’ve all probably seen most of these films.
Some of the actors he introduced us to were Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Macaulay Culkin and the late, great John Candy, who worked in eight of Mr. Hughes’s films.
When I was a kid, Mr. Hughes worked for my father at Don DeForest and Associates, an advertising firm in suburban Chicago, and later for Leo Burnett until he was in his late 20′s.
Then he quit to pursue his dream of being a writer and filmmaker. I knew him when I was a kid and used to see him at company gatherings back then.
His co-workers, including my Dad, thought he was nuts to give up a steady paycheck for something that most likely would never happen, especially considering he did not want to live in LA, but live in Chicago.
Needless to say, he proved them all wrong. Rest in peace, Mr. Hughes…