Author: Wayne Engle

‘The Man With No Name’ turns 50

Remember “The Spaghetti Western?” This is the 50th anniversary of the release of the first of three movies which became synonymous with the phrase: “The Man With No Name Trilogy.” Actually I don’t think the trilogy most people think of…

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Stan Musial: What a man he was!

A historic era in American sports ended last Saturday, Jan. 19. Virtually the last survivor of the great major league baseball players of the 1940s and ’50s, Stanley Frank “Stan the Man” Musial, died at his Missouri home, peacefully, surrounded by…

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The chest of Christmas miracles

(Author’s note: I wrote this fantasy story for Christmas, 1997, when I was still employed at the Madison Courier. The publisher, for reasons best known to her, would not permit the editor to publish the story. So this is the…

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The Winghams: What a clan!

My only remaining uncle, Joseph “Joe” Wingham, passed away recently at age 87 in Cincinnati. He was the last survivor of a remarkable family of 13 children, whose life spans extended from 1897 to Uncle Joe’s death just before this Thanksgiving.…

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America, you blew it, big-time!

Democratic party prankster Dick Tuck once ran for political office, and was soundly defeated. Asked by the press for a concession statement, Tuck said, “The people have spoken — the bastards!” The American people spoke yesterday, giving another four-year term…

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Madison: A tale of two cities

(Photos by Nice Shots!) My hometown is Madison, Indiana. You could say that my city has a kind of split personality, as Midwest towns go. Make that split personality, squared. No, I’m not dumping on Madison when I say that;…

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Let’s keep our buses rolling!

“Why care about Hammond’s buses?” asked the headline on an opinion piece which appeared in The Madison Courier this week. The piece was written by Morton Marcus, an independent economist, writer and speaker, and it pretty much summed up the…

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