August 16th 2012
Lynn Hudson’s 49th Birthday. Her blog was filled with well wishes. Lynn was absent from the blog; that was typical. She had a full-time job and young son. After posting the morning blog she’d rarely check in – yet we all expected her to say something to acknowledge the birthday wishes. When a new morning blog hadn’t been posted on the 17th, posters began to get worried. Boston posted “where are you Lynn?”. Word began to seep into the blog that she had passed away. It came from twitter – from Carly – the pair did a weekly radio show on Real Housewives. Wall Street Lady (WSL) confirmed the news to Boston. At that point it became real to the rest of us.
To me it felt surreal. I had never met Lynn, but she was part of my daily routine. Her blogs on the housewives touched a cord in me that made sense in a sometimes incomprehensible world. She stood up for the underdog. When Queen Bee Jill Zarin tried to get Alex McChord fired; tried to get viewers to hate Bethenny Frankel, it was Lynn who aim and fired squarely. “I Hate Jill Zarin,” her blog’s headline blared. Not once, but for over a year.
Lynn was the first housewives blogger to meet the housewives. After chit chatting with Simon on twitter, she hosted a party for SilEx (Simon and Alex) when they visited Chicago. She rubbed elbows with the DC crew at Kat’s book signing. She met Bethenny at one of her events and was assured that Bethenny (and Julie) read the blog every day. She was photographed with Andy Cohen.
The blog was labelled “the hate blog” by Bobby Zarin on national TV. SilEx was lambasted for meeting Lynn and spending time with Wall Street Lady – a poster who became a good friend of Lynn’s. Jill and her assistants reported the blog to wordpress every day to try and get it shut down. Eventually Lynn moved the blog to a new platform; she kept posting daily. It was the wild west of housewives blogging, and Lynn was forging the way. Lynn was outspoken, committed, and fearless. She was also kind, caring, and welcoming, and her blog became more than a blog about irrelevant reality show stars – it was a blog that created a place for people to share, lean on each other, and build friendships. Lynn made each day a little brighter. She is missed. NoMoreDrama ______________________________
THOUGHTS OF LYNN HUDSON ON HER BIRTHDAY by BB
On August 16th, 2012, Lynn Hudson posted her last blog. It contained recaps of Million Dollar Listing LA, Top Chef Masters, the NJ blogs, and all kinds of other interesting things about reality TV put together by the ever-enthusiastic, hardworking Lynn, who loved all things housewives. I had also posted a small tribute to Lynn because it was her birthday that day. Little did we know it would be the very last blog we would ever see from our beloved friend Lynn.
There were many hits on the blog that day wishing Lynn a Happy Birthday, with a few of the usual nasty trolls along the way. The blog happily rolled along that day with its usual discussion and overall happy, sometimes snarky, camaraderie.
The next morning, at around 10 a.m., one commenter asked if there would be a new blog that day. Some of us thought maybe Lynn had been out celebrating her birthday the day before and she was taking the day off (which would have been very unusual). At about12:37 p.m., someone noticed that Lynn had not been on twitter that day. I started to get an uneasy feeling and I e-mailed Lynn about that time to ask if everything was ok. At about 12:52 pm, another LynnNChicago regular posted some disturbing twitter feeds from PrettyPlusMore (Carly Hall) that Lynn had passed away. Nobody wanted to believe it was true and we were all hoping beyond hope it was some type of cruel hoax. Sadly, it turned out we had lost our beloved Lynn on, of all days, her birthday.
Needless to say, I was completely shocked, stunned and didn’t quite know what to do with myself. I’m sure my family thought I had lost my mind getting so emotional about someone I had never met, but they were very understanding just the same. They knew I had become attached to this blog and fond of Lynn because I talked about it and her often.
On August 18th, Lynn’s good friend Carly Hall posted a wonderful tribute on the LynnNChicago blog. That same day, a regular poster, NoMoreDrama (formerly HouseWifeAddict) posted this: “A space has been set up for us to continue our comments at LynnFam.wordpress.com.” Some of us (me, Kansas Girl and others) were collecting e-mail addresses so we could all somehow keep in touch. Another regular poster, Disgrazia, started a “Friends of LynnnChicago” Facebook page. Our own boston started the Chatzy room. I know I’m forgetting to mention others who worked hard to keep us all afloat during that time, but you know who you are.
I never met Lynn in person, but just from the communication I had with her through e-mail, I felt like I had added another good friend to the many I’ve made throughout the years. Today, I like to think of her looking down from Heaven and feeling happy, honored and proud to know that her love of talking about those darned housewives still lives on through this blog and other social media outlets. She was a special person who can never be replaced. I just wanted to take a moment to say, “Happy Birthday Lynn. I miss you and think of you often.” Always, BB.
Lynn’s Family is holding a fundraiser for her son’s college fund.
Happy Birthday Sasha