01 – John Hughes: The Early Years (aka Are You Covered for Elk Damage?)

In the inaugural episode (take three for those who are counting), Pretty in Podcast explores the early days of director and screenwriter John Hughes (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone) and his days as ad-man and freelance writer for comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, as well as a sometime writer for Playboy and National Lampoon.


Theme music by Bradley Davis (Fresh Snow). Incidental music, “Pink Swarthmore” by Rob Christiansen (24 Hour Music People), and “Ottawa” by Georgia.

Special thanks to Sara Bynoe of the Say Wha?! Podcast, Teen Angst and Crashers for providing the voice of Phyllis Diller.


Are You Covered for Elk Damage

“Are You Covered for Elk Damage?” National Lampoon, September, 1977.


Tiegs Playboy October 1978

“20 Questions: Cheryl Tiegs,” Playboy, October 1978.



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