“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A tradition ends
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

For four generations, the Hudler family has gathered and published the news for the people of Eastern Colorado. My great grandfather and namesake, Adrian Wellington Hudler, first published the Burlington Record, then passed it on to his son, who passed it on to his son, who passed it on to his son.

Well...that last son, my brother, has decided to follow his heart and move to Houston to be with a wonderful woman. And my father decided it was time for him, too, to downshift and step aside. So ... as of January 31, the Burlington Record will be published, sans Hudlers, for the first time. A newspaper company, Media News, has bought the Record, and, after trying in vain to keep my father as publisher, will soon name a new publisher.

I started working at the Record at age 8, as the super sanitation engineer (my grandfather's words). I later went on to write stories and take photographs and lay out pages, but my love was in the back shop, which housed a thriving commercial printing plant. I loved working on the presses and did so during my summers.

At any rate, I just wanted to share this snippet of American journalism history with you. There are maybe only a dozen or so four-generation newspaper families left in this grand country, and I proudly belong to one of them.

In the photo: left to right, are Rol and Joy Hudler (my parents), then my daughter Haley, my wife, Carol, my niece Andi, my brother, John, and myself. In front of us all is my Aunt Lucky, who is editor. We are standing on the web press, which prints the newspapers for about a dozen towns in eastern Colorado.


Blogger DemonCheer84 said...

Wow Ad, I'm sure it's tough to lose such a great tradition but what a run!!! So many people never get to experience such a incredible family tradition. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.


December 22, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, Ad that is sad news for Burlington and the county. It is hard to imagine The Burlington Record without the Hudlers...... It just wont be the same ;)
Shannon (Johnston) Reeder

December 22, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Sally said...

Bittersweet surely but you are so luck to have your family still thriving and loving. Good lookers too! Quite a legacy for the Hudlers - and you are still carrying on the newspaper tradition with your new move and Carol's new job! Merry Merry ... Celebrate!

December 23, 2009 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Thanks for your kind comments, everyone.

December 23, 2009 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Kristy Kiernan said...

This is an amazing story, Ad. I had no idea it was in your blood like this. And you wonder what you should write next?!

December 25, 2009 at 2:50 PM  

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