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The Breakfast Club had detention 30 years ago today

Don’t worry. We didn’t forget about you.

It was 30 years ago today, March 24, 1984, when John Bender, Andrew Clark, Brian Johnson, Allison Reynolds and Claire Standish reported for Saturday morning detention at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois.


I truly hope you’ve seen this movie – it’s a true classic. But if you haven’t, here’s what you need to know to start:

The students take their seats in the high school library, where at 7:06 a.m., assistant principal Richard Vernon tells them they are not to move from their seats until 4 p.m. And he tells them they have to write an essay.

They knew each other, but they didn’t know each other.

For the next 8 hours and 54 minutes, they got to know each other. Intimately.

So how to sum it up? There’s only one way.

Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are.

You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.

But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain … and an athlete … and a basket case … a princess … and a criminal.

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club.

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

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