Part of my childhood and teen years, and adult years were spent watching John Hughes movies. Many of today's youth may not know John Hughes, but they know his movies although he hasn't directed anything of note since Uncle Buck in 1989.
From Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club to Planes, Trains & Automobiles and the remake of 101 Dalmations, what John Hughes game to my generation was every bit as important as as what Michael Jackson did.
Even though I have seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off maybe 75 times, anytime I stumble across it on cable I can't turn it off. I even named one of my fantasy football teams "The Sausage King" as a tribute to Abe Frohman, the fictional sausage king of Chicago Ferris claimed to be at Chez Quis French Restaurant.
John Hughes wrote the National Lampoon Vacation movies, and other scripts like Mr. Mom and Weird Science. Many times I felt like he wrote these movies for me, they were funny, they were serious. Hughes' commentary on the Ferris Bueller DVD gives great insight to what a genius he was.
Hughes was a very private man who bolted Hollywood and moved to the State where I grew up, Wisconsin in 1994. I wonder if he ever missed Hollywood as much as it missed him. Save Ferris!