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16 January 2009

Book Repair Mascot - Who Are You?

I missed the deadline for the 9th edition of the Smile For the Camera Carnival of Images – Who Are You? – but I still wanted to share this portrait which hangs on the wall of the Frederick S. and Patricia M. Sherman Room at the library.

Rodney J. Hudson

Anne Robinson gave me the back story. It seems that this likeness of Rodney J. Hudson fell from the pages of a book as it was being repaired one second Tuesday by a member of the Book Repair Committee. With no identifying notation on its back and no apparent reason for its residence in the pages of the book, the committee unanimously decided to adopt the misplaced Mr. Hudson as their official mascot. It's now been a couple of years since they framed RJH and hung him prominently on the wall where he continues to oversee the activities of the group.

Mr. Rodney J. Hudson, who are you?


Anonymous said...

Ok, I have to ask because it was not mentioned here, but being a genealogical society, has anyone tried to find out who Mr. Hudson is?

M. Diane Rogers said...

Could it be the Judge Rodney J. Hudson?
There are quite a few mentions of a book with his portrait on the 'net. Maybe you can find someone with a copy of the book who'll compare it? Or maybe your library has it? For example, see Lake County Biographies, quoting from History of Napa and Lake Counties,: San Francisco, Cal.: Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers, 1881
Transcribed by Julie Appletoft, February 2008, Pages 242-245 at California GenWeb:

M. Diane Rogers said...

Here's another 'Rodney J Hudson' picture - Van Bibber Pioneers Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 1 - November 2003:

Kathryn Doyle said...


It looks like Diane has solved the mystery! Great work, Diane. The book repairers are going to be very surprised that you identified him so quickly! It looks like a simple Google search did the trick! Thanks, Diane!

Anonymous said...

All it took was a simple question, who was this man?

Google ROCKS!