OK, found it. Had to sign in as root and then rename the file as conky.conf
The /etc/conky/conky.conf is just a bare minimum sample with some annotations. Starting conky without a .conkyrc file will revert to that bare minimum configuration.
Once again, do this. Do not do this as root user. You do not need root priveleges to use conky or to edit the configuration file. Open a text editor. Any text editor. Copy the text meemaw posted. Paste the copied text into your text editor. Save the file as /home/(yourusername)/.conkyrc. You will then have something substantial to look at when you start conky.
Maybe it will help if I say it this way, I tried to open/rename in PCmanFM and I was getting "Denied" so I told it to open this file as "Root" and another window would pop up and allow me to change the file. I also took the old Conky Wizard file (after I deleted the program) and renamed it conky.conf and it started working with the new format. I no longer was getting that ugly black screen. Blind luck maybe?
EDIT: when I use the terminal I get this:
[john@localhost ~]$ conky
Conky: desktop window (1600003) is subwindow of root window (15d)
Conky: window type - override
Conky: drawing to created window (0x2200001)
Conky: drawing to double buffer
sh: /home/john/.ConkyWizardTheme/scripts/ip.py: No such file or directory