Brendan Shields AKA Mr.Payne wearing Wil's iconic bowler hat at the beach.
Brendan Shields is the son of Kieth Shields a long time friend of Wil Hudson. While Wil was in Cape Dorset he corresponded with Brendan's family offering an inside glimpse into Wil's experiences. Brendan has offered to share his correspondence here to help give Wil his own voice and perspective.
Interestingly Brendan had to preface his offerings with a glossary of terms which just added another layer to Wil. I received this email message Dec.19th 2014, really good of Brendan to share these with the world.
Just to clarify, these letters are unedited so Wil's opinions are characteristically politically incorrect at times but that should not over shadow the richness and thoughtfulness of his ideas and observations.
After reading them again I realize that you will need a bit of context. In the letters the following people are referred to
Aaron , my brother who went to the national ballet school on a scholarship at the age of 12 he was born in 1957
Mr. Payne that was me. I had dressed up as a character at some point and called myself Mr. Payne Wil thought this was hilarious
The Bald Eagle my dad he was bald
Betty, my mother
Fritzious a friend of Wil's who put on mid evil events
Bil Shoebottom another family friend of ours who Wil grew fond of.
Harold, France's and Wendy, all Sean's family.
Let me know if you have any questions it is quite a rich read.
I will use scans of the actual typed letter or portions of the letters because I really like the "look" of the source material. If I can't use the actual letter I will re type the portion and credit the quote to Brendan so you will know the source.