In between his annual columns written for his son, high school sports and local professional baseball were the priorities.
West Virginia University coverage was more of a luxury, but as interest grew, so did the volume of stories. Travel went from forbidden to encouraged, sometimes to Hudson's chagrin. He appreciated the experience but relished time with his wife and son. This profession isn't always accommodating for families.
"He worked very long hours," Terry Hudson said. "He'd work all week and then go in Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. and he wouldn't get off until Sunday morning."
But it was a labor of love and the longtime scribe embraced the sports fervor in the Daily Mail's backyard.
"High school sports was the big thing," Dick Hudson said. "You didn't have all this other stuff. When Charleston and Huntington played football, oh hell, it was like the world stopped.
"They used to have special trains that would go from Charleston to Huntington, Huntington to Charleston, so thousands of people could just see a football game.
"I remember when Parkersburg would come down and stay in a hotel all night before the game. In those days, 80 miles was a pretty good trip."
Back then, Hudson received 13 cents per mile for work-related travel. He said that barely covered expenses. Luckily, his passion was at the nearby ballpark. He had a strong bond with Watt Powell.
"He had games going on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and they did pretty well," Hudson said. "It was a big deal in those days.
"When they were Triple-A, they were just one step away. We spent a lot of time at the ballpark."
The baseball yard named for Watt Powell is gone. So are department stores like The Diamond and Frankenbergers. Hudson reminisced about those places during an hour-long phone call.
"So many things just disappear," he said. "For an old guy like me, that's sad."
What cannot be demolished, hauled away in dump trucks and replaced is what Hudson left behind here in Charleston and at the Daily Mail.
On Christmas day in 1985, Hudson's successor as sports editor and columnist, Bill Smith, mentioned Hudson's tradition of dedicating one column per year to his son.
"In his own small way he was trying to leave a tiny legacy," wrote Smith, who passed away in 2010. "That's all. Nothing big. Just a small imprint in black and white."
Dick Hudson did that and then some.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949. Follow him on Twitter @chuckmcgill.