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John Hughes, who directed such seminal teen angst movies such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “The Breakfast Club,” and wrote major hits that included “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” National Lampoon’s “Vacation,” “Home Alone” and “Mr. Mom,”, died yesterday of a heart attack while taking a walk in Manhattan. He was 59.

Hughes pretty much retired from the movie business more than a decade ago, preferring to spend time with his family on a working farm in northern Illinois.
KC's View:
The great gift that people like John Hughes give us is moments like the one I had this morning, when I remembered the scene in ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles” where Steve Martin and John Candy are sharing a bed and Candy says that he is keeping his hand warm by putting it between two pillows, and Martin shouts, “Those aren’t pillows!”

I thought about that scene, and I burst out laughing.

In my view, that’s a gift.