This afternoon we learned that filmmaker John Hughes died at the age of 59.
Responsible for quintessential teen films of the 80s such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink (not to mention other fine comedic contributions like Uncle Buck and Home Alone), Hughes graduated from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook in 1968 and featured the surrounding North Shore area in many of his films.
In a quite unintentional tribute, just today we launched our video blog, Fry Cook on Venus, which was named for a line from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Fittingly, this blogger launches with a video clip tribute to the filmmaker.
Joining Fry Cook on Venus is CubbieJulie, who wrote a funny and sentimental post about Hughes, told much from the perspective I have myself. Simply put, many of us of a certain age group are perhaps only realizing today how many John Hughes film references are so wonderfully connected to our expressions, our memories, our jokes and-- in Chicago especially-- our places.
CubbieJulie's post closed with a thought which probably rings quite true for most of us of aforementioned age group: "In honor of the passing of a man who never forgot what it was like to be a teenager, and who immortalized Chicago in some of the most popular movies ever made..."
To that point, Rent or Buy's Maureen Wilkey reminds us that "a little piece of the legacy is on the market right now" in her post about the four-bedroom, four-bath Highland Park house used as Cameron Frye's home in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But, if you're like me, you might not recall much of the house because of the car in the garage. Then through the garage.
To celebrate the filmmaker so woven into our consciousness and humor as Chicagoans, RedEye asks everyone to share favorite Hughes movie moments by posting a comment on their blog or tweeting @RedEyeChicago with thoughts and links.
Updated: And of those moments which stick out in our minds, Top Ten Chicago Sports posted a list of top ten sports moments in John Hughes movies, Jack McDowell of Black Jack on The White Sox reminisces about Captain Crunch and Pixie Stick sandwiches, Chicago Sports in Haiku brings us Ferris Bueller in haiku and An Improvised Blog's Jason Chin tackles issues of class and race within Hughes' films in his post, Was John Hughes a Racist?