A couple notable deaths happened this week:
John Hughes; director, producer, writer
If you haven’t seen one of John Hughes’ films – then you probably haven’t seen any movies at all.
Hughes had been absent from the movie industry the last few years to spend time with his family and run a farm in Illinois. He died of a heart attack while taking a morning walk while visiting his family in Manhattan yesterday. He was 59 years old.
Budd Schulberg; On the Waterfront
As you may have known, last week Hoboken held readings of On the Waterfront down at Sinatra Park. Budd Schullberg, the writer of the Academy Award winning movie that made Hoboken famous – was in attendance as well. He died at the age of 95 yesterday.
I found this quote from the NY Times very interesting:
“It’s the writer’s responsibility to stand up against that power. The writers are really almost the only ones, except for very honest politicians, who can make any dent on that system. I tried to do that. And that’s affected me my whole life.”
I doubt there are any “very honest politicians” currently in office anywhere in the world.