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Hudson Soft - A brief history of the name.

Mar 19, 2013 at 5:00:04 AM
TENGEN (175)
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Did a bit of sleuthing because I was wondering where the name 'Hudson Soft' came from.

In the early 1600's there was an English navigator and boat captain named Henry Hudson. He was employed by the Dutch East India company to find passage to China. One of the many things he did was to 'discover' the Hudson river in New York - which is why it is named for him.

The poor bastard was later mutinied upon and set adrift, never to be heard from again - but that's a different story...



Flash forward to 1927. Train engineers had just invented the 4-6-4 in France and called it the 'Baltic'. American companies learned of it's success and brought it over here, building it in New York and changing the name from Baltic to 'Hudson' - named after the Hudson River.



Let's flash forward again to 1973 Japan. Two brothers, Yuji and Hiroshi Kudo, started a radio telecommunications company. The men were rail enthusiasts and decided to name their company after their favorite train of all time - The Hudson.


So, to make a long story short, 400 years ago the Dutch hired a guy to find a quick way to China and now he has/had a videogame company indirectly named for him.

Pretty neat, eh?

Mar 19, 2013 at 7:26:40 AM
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I knew about Henry Hudson, but had no idea that a train was named after him, and also had no idea about Hudson Soft's name. That is some really neat trivia! Thanks for sharing

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Mar 19, 2013 at 7:45:21 AM
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LOL! Also do you know the story behind the bee?

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Mar 19, 2013 at 9:34:31 AM
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Originally posted by: Vectrex280996

LOL! Also do you know the story behind the bee?

Being a car guy, I always figured it was some type of play on the Hudson Hornet. Just a guess though.


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Mar 19, 2013 at 9:52:38 AM
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Nice research

Mar 19, 2013 at 10:33:50 AM
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Originally posted by: Hylian Hustler

Originally posted by: Vectrex280996

LOL! Also do you know the story behind the bee?

Being a car guy, I always figured it was some type of play on the Hudson Hornet. Just a guess though.
 

I think you may be right on that one.


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Mar 19, 2013 at 12:39:59 PM
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Interesting. I recently read an article about the story that inspired the book Moby Dick. Good stuff. At least he wasn't shot and eaten like what happened to some of the people in the story I read.


Edited: 03/19/2013 at 12:41 PM by gutsman004

Mar 19, 2013 at 2:00:44 PM
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Wow, that is fascinating! Great research indeed.

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Mar 19, 2013 at 4:29:37 PM
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Cool stuff!

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