John Wilden Hughes Jr. was born on February 18th, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan.
After dropping out of the University of Arizona in 1970 he began his career as an advertising copywriter. His first foray into comedy writing had him selling jokes to comics like Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers.
Inspired by early family vacations he wrote a story called “Vacation ‘58” which gained him entry to the staff of National Lampoon Magazine. “Vacation ‘58” was also the basis for the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” which was released in 1983.