A legend died Thursday in New York. 59 year-old writer and film director John Hughes suffered a heart attack while he was taking a walk in Manhattan. You can read the report here.

Hughes was in many ways the voice of teen consciousness during the 1980s. His movies include the modern classics of Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. During the early 90s he went on to direct more family oriented movies like Home Alone and Uncle Buck. Other classic Hughes’ movies you might remember: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
It’s baffling to think that so many of the movies that I grew up loving came from one man! I mean how many awesome movies can one guy make? He was truly brilliant.

He had a profound understanding of the reality of the law to boot. His movies gave voice to the teenager’s struggle under expectations. The Breakfast Club alone tackled the pressures of teen relationships, parents, coaches, grades, college, reputations, etc. It showed that all of us, though different, are dealing with the same pressure. The universality of the Law comes in loud and clear. It manifests in different ways, but it leaves us all desperate for grace, acceptance, understanding, friendship…in short, love. If you haven’t seen The Breakfast Club, you simply must go out and rent it tonight! Or rent any of his movies. I promise you’ll enjoy ’em.