John Hughes, Rest in Peace

John Hughes, the American film director/writer/producer died Thursday of a heart attack while taking a walk in New York City. He was 59 years old.

OK, so another death, another RIP post, what’s the point with Hughes?

Hughes was best known for his ‘80s movies about teen life in suburban America. While Hughes was my age (a year younger), his films hit the movie theaters just as my oldest son was entering his teen years, so I watched a number of the Hughes films, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Aaron.

The films seemed at the time to resonate with my son, but they did with me as well. Hughes, who spent part of his youth in the Chicago suburbs, as did I, set most of his movies in the Chicago area. Despite not having lived in Chicago since 1979, I still have an intensely romantic image of the city that I carry with me throughout my travels in Asia. And, even though Hughes’ films mirrored the realities of ‘80s teen angst, I could see a lot of my own ‘60s angst there (not surprising as Hughes attended school at the same time as me, and in somewhat similar sociocultural settings).

As someone who has just gone through a stroke, I’m at the stage where I notice the deaths of my peers. Hughes created some memories for me, and for that I’ll remember him and his work. Looking around the internet, there are dozens of tributes to Hughes on You Tube. He obviously affected a lot of folks. Here’s one of the tributes.


~ by drbrucepk on August 9, 2009.

3 Responses to “John Hughes, Rest in Peace”

  1. do youhave a blog at blogspt… this looks very familiar

    anyway life is short carpe diem!

  2. do you have a blog at blogspot… this looks very familiar

    anyway life is short carpe diem!

  3. Hi Geotacs. Yes, I have a blog at blogspot that has basically become a duplicate of this although occasionally I post something different. I run both of them because for some reason, people that read the blog on blogspot didn’t move over to wordpress when I started doing most of my blogging there.

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