September 15, 2009

Don't You Forget About Me

And also a moment for one of the most influential writers of my childhood, John Hughes, who past away last month. He gave the Brat Pack a voice and gave the youth of the 80s the crazy idea that just because you're hurting, doesn't mean you can't be laughing.

Saturday, March 24,1984.
Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062.

Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.