In Memoriam: John Hughes

The Daily Pander and Steven L. Baerson are proud graduates of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL (Classes of 1986 and 1985, respectively). This otherwise bit of arcana is interesting today only because film director John Hughes, who passed away yesterday, used our high school as a model, and often a set, for a number of his films. Several of my classmates can be seen as extras in a number of his films and members of the cast of The Breakfast Club could be seen walking the halls learning about the daily conduct of burnouts, athletes, dorks and cheerleaders.

A personal high school highlight is the filming of Ferris Bueller's Day Off during my junior and senior years. There are at least a half a dozen scenes in and around GBN and as a going away present to us graduation seniors the school arranged a private viewing of the movie for my entire graduating class.

Sleep well Mr. Hughes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pander Bear,

As I mentioned in my e-mail, a sad day. I associate our college days with viewings of The Breakfast Club as well as heated discussions of weather our other hall resident (I think you know about whom I am speaking), did or did not appear, in PE attire, blurily (is that a word?) in the background of an outdoor scene.

It brings a smile to my face whenever I see it.