Local 'mad man's' memoirs benefit high school wrestlers

(Published Wednesday, January 17, 2007 12:36:50 PM CST) By Ann Marie Ames Gazette staff

CLINTON - Fans of local culture can make a purchase that will benefit the Clinton High School wrestling team. Local business owner Mark Madson, who has gained fame for the 1959 Chevrolet truck parked in a tree in his yard near Interstate 43, has published a book of memoirs. Madson has donated profits from the book to several area causes.

Now, he hopes to raise funds for the Clinton wrestling program.

The 130-page book, "Creations of the Wisconsin Madman," tells the story of Madson's famed Chevy and describes a few of his inventions, he said.

"I've been wanting to write my life story," said Madson, 54. "I've been thinking about it for a while. Now that I'm over 50, I figured I'd better write it down before I forget."

Mark Madson
Mark Madson

Mark Madson The book also details some of Madson's experiences appearing on television shows such as Ripley's Believe It or Not, Junkyard Wars and Monster Nation. It took Madson about a year to write the book and another year to organize and print it, he said.

Madson, a former Clinton High School wrestler and coach and the father of a wrestler and coach, hopes to sell enough books to donate $1,000 to the Clinton Boosters to benefit the wrestling program.

This is not the first time Madson has donated to the program, Clinton Boosters President Jerry Moe said.

"He's a very giving person, a good man," Moe said. "He's got the mind of a child and the resources of an adult."

Moe said the money will be used to pay off the school's recent purchase of a wrestling mat. The school also has purchased weights, a practice dummy and uniforms.

"They always need something," Moe said, adding that the 30-person wrestling team is currently in second place in the Rock Valley conference.

Creations of a Wisconsin Mad Man Book

To buy the book

"Creations of the Wisconsin Madman" is available for $19.95 in Clinton at Hahn's Ace Hardware, 252 Allen St., and Citgo, 505 Peck Ave., and in Janesville at Book World, 2451 Milton Ave. The book also is available online by CLICKING HERE. Those interested in books also may call Mark Madson at (608) 676-5166.