"He was a wonderful man, a genius, a poet. I don't think anyone has come close to him as being the poet of the youth of America in the postwar period. He was to them what Shakespeare was to the Elizabethan Age." – actor-economist Ben Stein
That is what the great Ben Stein said of director, producer, and writer John Hughes who died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 59. Hughes' iconic films, including The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Uncle Buck, and many more, touched millions and helped to define suburban teen culture in the 1980's. His movies were funny and poignant and rang true, especially to those of us who happened to be living in that 1980's suburban teen culture. Their are very few people who are within ten years of my own age who when they read the name Ben Stein above didn't think - "Bueller...Bueller...Bueller".
The Breakfast Club