John D. Wright
lives in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has a master’s degree from Indiana State
University and has worked on the staff of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star newspaper
for more than 20 years. As a longtime reporter, he covered news and sports
stories in the Wabash Valley ranging from high-school basketball games to murder
trials. Among his awards is a state Society of Professional Journalists 1992
first-place award for investigative reporting; and a Hoosier State Press
Association 1994 first place for deadline reporting after witnessing in person
the execution of mass murderer John Wayne Gacy. Wright’s interest in boxing
dates from his childhood; his father, “Ren” Wright, boxed amateur bouts out of
Sullivan, Indiana, from 1949 to 1951, and often talked about “Bud” Taylor.
Wright also knows about one-on-one sports – he is a USPTA-certified tennis
instructor and frequently a nationally ranked player in his age division.
In four dedicated
years of research and writing in his spare time, Wright conducted extensive
interviews, buried himself into newspaper microfilm and studied U.S. history
from the 1920s in assembling “The
Terror of Terre Haute, Bud Taylor and the 1920s”.
The book, 50-plus
chapters long, is meticulously sourced, with more than a thousand citations plus