Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.
This broke my heart. For those who don’t know, John Hughes, director and screenwriter, died of a heart attack today. John Hughes is a huge influence on my own screenwriting. He wrote and directed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club which are not only two of my favorite movies but are teen comedy classics and were definite films of 80s American youth culture. This is a tragic loss for Hollywood, you will be missed.
But seriously, people need to stop dying, this is getting depressing.