Retired Brainerd Dispatch columnist and reporter Lew Hudson can’t seem to keep out of the newspapers. The Baxter man was featured this week in American Profile, a nationally distributed magazine that’s inserted in newspapers across the U.S. The magazine was inserted in Monday’s Dispatch.
It’s not the first time Hudson was featured in a newspaper magazine. In the early 1970s, he was front and center on the cover of the Sunday magazine of the Dallas Morning News. Hudson was wearing a track outfit (with black socks and dress shoes) chasing turkeys down a street in the Great Gobbler Gallop, Worthington’s competition with Cuero, Texas.
When he worked at the Worthington Globe (1957-1986) he learned that both Worthington and the Texas community claimed to be the Turkey Capital of the World. He soon arranged a friendly competition that continues today. Hudson even named Worthington’s turkey Paycheck, since nothing goes faster.
Hudson was senior reporter at the Brainerd Dispatch from 1986 until his retirement in 1992, concluding a 43-year career in journalism.
Hudson, who went on to serve for nearly 16 years on the Brainerd School Board, turns 86 in October. He now enjoys his days keeping an eye on Claude and Maude, the backyard squirrels he immortalized in his columns for the Brainerd Dispatch. The squirrels were often seen in the company of their three sons, Herman, Sherman and Vermin, according to column lore.
Hudson said he’s enjoying his current life.
“I’m as busy as I want to be,” Hudson said.
The 41st annual Great Gobbler Gallop is set for Saturday in Worthington, with the final heat set for Oct. 12 in Cuero, Texas.
Read the American Profile story at http://americanprofile.com/articles/great-gobbler-gallop/