One year ago: John Hughes
Teenagers are self-aware, observant and thoughtful in the films of John Hughes, the writer-director of 1980s teen films who died one year ago at 59.
In a 1985 interview with a Chicago Tribune film critic, Hughes said that he felt many filmmakers portrayed teenagers badly.
"They seem to think that teenagers aren't very bright. But I haven't found that to be the case. I listen to kids. I respect them. I don't discount anything they have to say just because they're only 16 years old," he said.
Hughes was an advertising copy editor in Chicago and a joke writer before he began writing screenplays for the humor magazine National Lampoon in 1982. After his Hollywood career, Hughes reportedly moved back to the Chicago area in 1995 and had kept a low profile up until his death.
-- Michael Farr
Photo: John Hughes. Credit: Los Angeles Times