Coming off the high of recording another MSPDnDDCMP3 marathon session yesterday, I was saddened to hear about John Hughes passing.  Cliff Chiang offers up his tribute to the movie director who probably did more to shape the lives of kids in the 80s than anyone else.

“Dear Batman: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in Bat-detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you’re crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is an archer, and a speedster, and a swimmer, a princess, and an acrobat. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Teen Titans.”

And for a truly unique and tear filled tribute to Mr. Hughes, you simply must read this post by someone who was Hughes’ pen pal for many years.

via Cliff Chiang

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  1. Navarre
    August 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    Alison’s post was very touching. I would like to think that the purpose of movies is to not only share ideas but also share a part of ourselves.

    Just as a movie can be a vessel to bring viewers together, I am pleased to realize it can also bring a viewer and creator together. There isn’t enough of that.

    We see writers and directors as another form of star. We watch them on Oprah or Letterman but we don’t interact with them.

    So it is pleasing to see a post like Alison’s. Thank you for all the good memories, Mr. Hughes.

    … This may also be a sign that it’s time for me to write that letter to Megan Fox. ;-)

  2. Brother129
    August 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm — Reply

    Freakin’ awesome tribute and nice touch by Chiang. Great stuff. RIP Mr. Hughes…

  3. August 9, 2009 at 8:53 am — Reply

    This is all very beautiful. The tribute, the art. It’s great.

    Wally as Emilio Estevez and Garth as Anthony Michael Hall are interesting. I think that could have been just as easily flipped, and it still would have made sense.

    Robin as Ally Sheedy…I don’t know about that…


  4. Navarre
    August 9, 2009 at 10:56 am — Reply

    eh, Robin is the most emo of the group. With only one female in the Teen Titans shown, he seems the best fit for dark, brooding little Ally.

    He’s also the only one whose hand position has been changed from the original Breakfast Club poster. This was a good call, btw, tribute or not.

  5. August 10, 2009 at 11:03 am — Reply


    BTW, I love how he took Judd Nelson’s randomly raised hand and made it Speedy holding his bow. Very cool.

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