Student Work – Don Hewitt and John Hughes

Our first assignment in LAW 2301 was to prepare a memo on a recently departed person who was famous/infamous/influential or interesting. Here are some of the great papers I received:

Don Hewitt

Don Hewitt


On August 19, 2009 Donald Shepard Hewitt, the creator of “60 Minutes” – a legendary CBS show, died at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. He was 86 and home with his family at the time he died. The cause of his death was pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Hewitt had a big family which consisted of Marilyn Berger, his third wife of 30 years; two sons, Steven and Jeffrey and his wife, Nancy; daughter Lisa Cassara and her husband, William; stepdaughter Jilian Childers Hewitt, adopted by Hewitt, who was the daughter of his second wife, Frankie; three grandchildren – Balin Hewitt, Connor and Jack Cassara; and Frankie Hewitt and Hewitt’s first wife, Mary Weaver, who both predeceased him.
Don Hewitt was a recognized father of modern television news and a creator of the medium’s most successful broadcast. Mr. Hewitt was an American television news producer and executive, who created the first half-hour TV newscast that transformed into the most successful TV newsmagazine in history. Yet, Mr. Hewitt was best known for the creating of 60 minutes, the CBS news magazine that commenced in 1968 and became the longest-running prime-time broadcast on American television.
60 Minutes was the only news program ever that was rated the nation’s top-ranked television program five times. All at CBS, Hewitt had a remarkable career in journalism which lasted over 60 years. As a young producer/director assisting at the birth of television news, Hewitt was behind the scenes directing legendary CBS News reporters like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. He played an essential role in all of CBS News’ coverage of major news events from the late 1940s through the 1960s, putting him in the middle of some of history’s biggest events, including one of politics’ seminal moments – the first televised presidential debate in 1960. Also, Mr. Hewitt recruited television reporters Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, and Ed Bradley who eventually became celebrities.
Hewitt won every major award numerous times, such as 73 Emmys, 13 DuPont/Columbia University Awards and 9 Peabody Awards. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1990. On April 3, 2008, Hewitt was honored with Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism.
Hewitt’s Estate was an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and a house in Bridgehampton.
Work Cited.

John Hughes

John Hughes


“Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This is just one of the scores of memorable quotes from writer and director John Hughes’ 1986 teen hit movie “Ferris Bueller” starring actor Matthew Broderick. Hughes directed countless famous movies that have been ingrained into the hearts and minds of many all over the world. Among his most well known movies are: National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Sixteen Candles (1984) Weird Science (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Pretty In Pink (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990) and Curly Sue (1991), among others.
For many, his movies were an essential part of their childhoods and trying years as young adults. Through Hughes’ writing and directing, he accurately portrayed everyday situations and life in general, which made it easy for people to connect to the characters in his films. His movies, particularly The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller had a big affect on teenagers especially.
In all, the thirty two movies Hughes helped write and direct grossed a total of $1,698,438,615 at the box office. Obviously, he had a very successful career as a director and writer, but more importantly his films had a lasting impact on many and on pop culture in general.
All of this is part of the reason many were shocked and saddened by his passing on August 6, 2009 of a heart attack at the age of 59. Hughes, who was born in Michigan but resided in Chicago, was taking a walk in Manhattan in New York City on his way to visit relatives when he suddenly collapsed and suffered a fatal heart attack. Hughes is survived by his wife Nancy whom he had been married to for 39 years, his two sons, John and James,
four grandchildren and his three older sisters. As stated previously, John lived in Chicago for many years up until the time of his death, but it is not known if he had a will or what the size of his estate was. Since Hughes did write most of his movies, he more than likely made a substantial profit from all his films, but as of now, information about his will and estate have not been made public.



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