About Wayne

This site contains a collection of works composed by Wayne Engle of Madison Indiana.

Commentary, editorials, recollections and short stories.

I’m a retired newspaper reporter, having spent 39 and one-half years at The Madison Courier, a small Midwestern daily. During my time as a reporter, feature writer, editorial writer, and photographer, I received two first-place newswriting awards and one second-place one, from the Hoosier State Press Association; and one first-place editorial writing award and one third-place one from the Indiana Republican Editorial Association. 

I am available for selected free-lance writing, for a fee.

My interests include movies, especially the B-Westerns of the 1930s, ’40 and ’50s. Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy, has been my hero since my childhood. I am also a big fan of the immortal comedy team, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In addition, I am a voracious reader — mostly of non-fiction — and have a fairly strong interest in classic art, especially that of the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century, and of the Hudson River School of American painting of the 19th Century.

Music has been a life-long passion of mine, of a number of genres, including White country blues, Cajun, Irish, Bluegrass, and rock music of the 1950s and ’60s. I am a special fan of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly, and of the Beatles, plus Paul McCartney’s musical career since that group disbanded. I happen to think that McCartney is probably the premier musical talent of the 20th Century.

Thanks for dropping by,



19 comments for “About Wayne

  1. Brian Cooper
    June 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Giday Wayne,

    I am a reader of Amren.com and about 2 or so weeks, blog addy appeared in a comment from you, and out of interest, I scuttled over there and had a look. Very nice and interesting site. This morning, I read the article on Blix the cornet player and it was like I was transported back in time. I loved it. Unfortunately, Sgt X or Z left a comment similar to what I would have said, so I am sending you a personal email. Have you heard of the magazine called The Parade? In NZ and Australia, this mag was published one a week or month, and it was full of stories similar to your story on Blix. I was transported back to another time, and I loved it.

    Personally, I think if kids were exposed to stories like you write, illiteracy rates would improve. If kids get the chance to read stories like yours that interest them, they wouldn’t help but improve their reading skills.

    All the best,


  2. June 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks so much, Brian, for the kind words. I don’t usually post replies on the website, but I’ll make an exception in your case because of the obvious enthusiasm you show about my site. I have a friend who lives in my hometown, who is from New Zealand, named Graeme Fothergill. Are you a New Zealander, or an Aussie? Or perhaps from somewhere else? Guess I was just assuming New Zealand or Australia because of what you said.
    Thank you again, “mate,” for your interest and kindness.

  3. Ken Cooper
    June 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Just discovered your site today. Read your thoughts on Bangkok and found it a good read, though I would disagree on the beauty of the Thai women as regards to other asian countries, and I will continue to read your excellent thoughts on life. Please continue the excellent work you’re doing and by so you add a little sanity to what is happening in the USA. Regards & Best wishes……..Ken Cooper, US Army(Ret)Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Japan, Germany, and many points in between. “No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great, Duty First”! 1st Inf Div (The Big Red One)

    • June 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks a million, Ken, for the kind words. Here’s an unbelievable coincidence: The 1st Infantry Division is MY old unit, too! I was in country from Oct. 20, 1965, to May 22, 1966. Was stationed at Di An, 20 miles northeast of Saigon. Where were you in Vietnam, and when?

      • Ken Cooper
        June 26, 2011 at 11:05 pm

        Vietnam was my 3rd overseas tour but counting TDYs in the early days of the conflict it would have started in 1965 and continued until 1969-70 when I spent a full 363 days In-Country from the “Delta to the DMZ”. I enjoy your feedback on another website(which led me to yours)and once & awhile on that website I add my own thoughts(trival they may be)for further digestion by the reader. I find that with the passage of time it becomes harder to put my thoughts & feelings into expressive words. I can only add that my guiding light through the years has been, “Pro-Patia” (For Country) a gallant Regiment that buried it’s colors on Bataan in 1942, to prevent capture by the Imperial Japanese Army, only to have a battalion lose them in 1951 during the Korean War to Chinese forces (CCF). Thanks for the reply & keep posting you make an old soldier smile.

  4. Angela
    January 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hey, Wayne, I’ve been wanting to tell you for a long time that if you tried matchmaking only once in your life, consider yourself a resounding success. This year Frank and I will be married 40 years, and we have three children and four grandchildren to show for it. He retired in 2010 and at the end of this year, I’m going to retire. Gee, where HAS the time gone?

    • January 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Angie! I can’t believe it’s you, after all these years! I looked for a phone number for you and Frank a couple of times years ago, but couldn’t find one. I’ll give you my e-mail address: corporalko@yahoo.com , and I sincerely hope you’ll e-mail me so we can chat again. So good to hear from you!

  5. Wendel Jaacobs
    January 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Happy new year Wayne . Leter to follow I only knew your snailmail. Email me.

  6. January 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    So great to hear from you, Jake! I’ll send you my e-mail address right away. I still have yours from the e-mail I sent you two years ago, just before I had my cataract surgery.

  7. January 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Tried to send you an e-mail, Jake, but evidently the address I have for you is outdated. My e-mail address is corporalko@yahoo.com . Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Wendel Jacobs
      January 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      need your phone number and or a mailing list of the people at the reunion ala C.H. etc.
      thanks jake

      • January 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

        Jake, my home number is (812) 265-6982; my cell number is (812) 571-4238. Not quite sure if I understand what you mean by a mailing list of the people at the reunion. Could you send me another message, or call me, and explain a little more fully?

  8. Betty Branham Pooe
    September 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I recently spent a few days in Madison researching my ancestors, Branhams and Friesdorsoffs. Wonderful help from volunteers at Historic Library. I was hoping Mundt’s would be open. I would like to know why “Previously Glass Confectionary” is on the door. Lottie Glass from Madison was a relative. My family in MS always received the fish candy at Xmas. While in Madison, I could not contact anyone with information regarding this. I talked with Don at Ditto Fruits who tried to call several people for information. No luck. I have the number for Maryanne Imes , but I still cannot get an answer. I would appreciate any help you have. I do plan to return . Wonderful town and people.

    Betty Pope

  9. September 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Betty, thanks for your comment. Maryanne is a friend of mine; I’m sorry you haven’t gotten an answer from her. I’ll try to call her tomorrow and if I can reach her I’ll give her your number and ask her to call you. I knew Richard and Betty Mundt very well; they were wonderful people. I also had a teacher named Juanita Glass in junior high; her husband, Pete Glass, may have been related to you.

  10. Randy Holt
    April 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I enjoyed lunch with you today at the Downtowner. I will follow you and continue to appreciate your stories through this site. Stay Well and Best Wishes, Randy Holt

  11. April 4, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Randy, I really enjoyed meeting you. I didn’t realize you were buying my lunch, or I’d have probably argued with you about it! But thanks, I did appreciate it. Hope you enjoyed the tournament you came down to see. Yes, let’s stay in touch. Good to hear from you.

  12. B Meltzer
    January 24, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Hello Wayne- Is there any way to access and/or purchase a collection of your various contemporaneous writings on the Shanda Sharer case? Please let me know if there is a way to contact you directly. In addition to this preceding question, there a number of discrepancies in the reporting on the case that stand out to me and I am hoping you may be able to shed some light on. Thank you in advance for your time.

  13. Duncan MacLeod
    October 15, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    hey Wayne, it was great talking to you after about 23 years. You sound terrific and I am looking forward to reading your book. Working with you at the Madison Courier in the 70’s was a very different time, to be sure. Thank you for the memorable stories about our friends at the Courier. How you lasted 40 years is beyond me 🙂 Keep up the great writing and I find your stories here extremely entertaining.

    Talk to you again soon.

  14. January 9, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Dear Mr. Engle I’m currently at work on a series of articles about little-known Colorado Historical figures whose faces appear on a mural at the side of the Colorado Convention Center (Denver). Among them is one Gavin Knox Lodge. Other than your article, I am unable to find any biographical data on Lodge, so I was wondering if you might be able to help me. What do you know about him after he left high school? The only info I have on him is that he was a Viet vet and a lawyer, and that he lived and died in Colorado Springs. My biographical sketches appear in the Denver Post each week . The column is entitled A Colorado Panorama. If you’d like to read any of my pieces, go to dpo.st/2YVHPCW Any help you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated. Yours Sincerely, Don Morreale

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