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Meet the real-life inspiration behind Ferris Bueller



Ferris_bueller Ferris Bueller is more than just one of our favorite '80s movie characters, he was a personal shaman to our generation. So imagine the total wonderment to discover there was a real-life inspiration for the classic 1986 movie.

Meet Edward McNally, a former presidential speechwriter, trial lawyer and most importantly, the childhood friend of one Mr. John Hughes. McNally wrote a wonderful piece for the Washington Post on Wednesday, explaining the parallels of Ferris' life and his own. Here are some highlights.

SCHOOLMATES: "Movie director John Hughes and I grew up on the same street in our home town of Northbrook, Ill. We both graduated from Glenbrook North, the high school where he filmed scenes from Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club, where his mom worked and two sets of our sisters were classmates." ... My best friend was in fact named Buehler."

HE'S BEEN ABSENT NINE TIMES: "Ferris clocked in at nine absences his final high school semester. My own was a breathtaking 27."

A DIFFERENT CAR FOR THEIR DAY OFF: "For one of those Chicago adventures, we secretly borrowed a car almost as ridiculously conspicuous as the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT in the movie: my dad's purple Cadillac El Dorado. Put an extra 113 miles on the odometer. Hoping to erase that telltale mileage, we raised the back on a pair of jacks and ran the car in reverse. The Caddy did not fly backward into a ravine, as in the film. What it did do is quickly take off a clean 10,000 miles."

Read the highly entertaining and complete article on the Post website.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:49pm]


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