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Former Indy Mayor Bill Hudnut Dies At 84

Bill Hudnut

Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut, who served four terms starting in the mid 1970’s, died Saturday. Friends and colleagues of the man say he helped people work together and loved to make them laugh.

Dave Frick served as deputy mayor under Hudnut in the late 1970’s, and worked with Hudnut to bring the Colts to Indianapolis. Frick says the deal wasn’t an easy decision for the former mayor.

“He took a political risk. And the Colt’s move to Indianapolis sure paid off, it changed the national perspective of Indianapolis when that happened,” Frick says.

Hudnut himself said the deal is likely to be, in the pages of history books, the highlight of his tenure.

Frick says Hudnut was, at his core, a people person, perhaps best illustrated by his participation one year in a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“He donned a leprechaun suit and marched in the parade," Frick says. "And I mean, that was just Bill Hudnut. He loved spending time with people and doing things that caused people to smile and laugh.”

Hudnut was 84 years old.

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