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John Hughes: 1950 - 2009

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 6, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 6, 2009 |

John Hughes passed away today at the age of 59. He died of a heart attack while taking a morning walk. John Hughes was the director of … well, the motherfucking 1980s. He wrote and directed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Planes Trains, and Automobiles, Pretty in Pink, Uncle Buck, and Weird Science, among many others. He’s basically responsible for the teen comedy genre, for better or worse.

The man may be dead, but for so many of us, those movies will never die. Without lamps, there’d never be light. Without John Hughes, there’d never be Neo-maxi-zoom-dweebies.

Hughes will be missed, but his premature death offers this heady reminder: “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Be well, Mr. Hughes, where ever you are.

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