Most people don't know the name Wayne Green but anyone who has been a ham radio operator for years will quickly recognize his name. Wayne was well-known in the ham radio community as W2NSD.
Wayne was the editor of CQ Magazine for 5 years before he left in 1960 to start his own publication which he called 73 Magazine. He published that magazine until 2003 when he was 81 years old. Wayne also started several other businesses. His publishing efforts included such magazines as 80 Micro, Byte, CD Review, Cold Fusion, Kilobaud Microcomputing, RUN, InCider, and Pico. His company also published numerous books. For a while, Wayne also ran a software company.
In the 1970s, the only way to own a home computer was to build it yourself. Wayne's articles inspired me to do just that in 1977. In the May 1982 issue of Kilobaud Microcomputing magazine, Wayne published an article about building the Sinclair ZX-81 computer kit. I purchased my kit a few days later.
When home computers first appeared on the scene, Wayne created Byte magazine. For some reason, Wayne incorporated the business in his wife's name. (I suspect that had something to do with taxes.) She was listed as sole owner on all legal documents. One day in November 1975, Wayne came to work, and found that his (now) ex-wife and the rest of the Byte magazine staff had moved out of his office and had taken the January issue with them. His ex-wife later sold the magazine to McGraw-Hill, reportedly for a rather large sum.
Wayne was left with his ham radio magazine but little else. He then started a new magazine called Kilobaud Microcomputing and had success with it. However, the home computer focus soon changed from homemade systems to factory-produced systems from Apple, Radio Shack, Commodore, Texas Instruments, and eventually from IBM. In 1984, Kilobaud Microcomputing magazine folded.
Wayne was famous for his rambling and wide-ranging “Never Say Die” editorials, in which he criticized most everything and everybody. I can only describe him as a "curmudgeon." I often disagreed with him, but I never missed his editorials. He never did retire. Instead, he kept publishing, both on paper and online, until recently. His blog is still available at http://www.waynegreen.com/wayne/news.html.
Wayne Green passed away on Friday the 13th of September, 2013, at the age of 91. His obituary may be found at http://www.arrl.org/news/view/ham-radio-publications-pioneer-visionary-iconoclast-wayne-green-w2nsd-sk.
Wayne Green was a visionary. He strongly encouraged his readers to seize new technologies and to try new business ventures, especially publishing opportunities. Years ago, Wayne predicted that electronic publishing would someday replace paper. Few people believed him at that time.
Wayne once gave advice to technology writers: "Talk about it as if everybody’s doing it, and eventually they will be.”
Wayne Green's writing inspired me to create this newsletter as an electronic publication. I will miss Wayne.