Bob Wilber grew up aspiring to follow in his father’s baseball footsteps, and while he was able to secure a full college scholarship and later spend parts of six years in professional ball, as a player, coach, and scout, his mother’s writing, communications, and public relations skills were what eventually defined his career. After a successful and adventurous sports-marketing trek through the sports-apparel business, agency work, and professional indoor soccer, he saw his first drag race as he closed in on his 40th birthday. Little did he know that he’d go on to spend 20 consecutive years as a team manager and PR representative for Del Worsham and then Tim Wilkerson, two of the most popular Funny Car drivers on the NHRA tour. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Bob ended his drag racing run in order to take on a longtime assignment. He is currently writing his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, and Burnouts” which is due for publication late in 2016.
Greetings, from a nice hotel suite in Missoula, Montana.
Today is, indeed, Thursday Blog Day but unfortunately this has also been Moving Week for Barbara and myself. On Tuesday the movers packed up our belongings. On Wednesday, they loaded everything into a truck, and on both of those nights we stayed in a Residence Inn suite in Spokane Valley. Today, we finished cleaning the house for the new buyers and were in my car, rolling down the road, at 3:00 p.m.
Hello readers, and welcome to Thursday Blog Day once again. I am starting this missive in my office here in Liberty Lake, but there’s good reason to think I might just finish it and post it from the lobby of Larry H. Miller Lexus, in downtown Spokane. As one of 1.27 million details that have to be taken care of prior to next week’s move, my car is going in for its 10,000 check-up today, despite the fact it only has 7,800 miles on it. I’d rather do it early, to have it looked over and get the oil changed prior to the long drive home to Minnesota. It’s about 1,400 miles, door to door.
Welcome back to Thursday Blog Day. It’s May 12, 2016 and that puts us exactly 12 days away from the morning United Van Lines will arrive to pack up our lives into many boxes. It puts us 13 days away from when they load those boxes into a big moving van. And it puts us exactly two weeks from when we will make one final sweep through this then-empty house on a golf course, before we load Boofus and Buster into my car and head to Minnesota.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season is officially at the quarter pole, which is what we call a metaphor since quarter poles are in horse racing and not drag racing. Still, the season is 25 percent complete. And guess what…
Welcome back, on yet another Thursday Blog Day. Here’s what this late April installment will be mostly about: You gotta play the cards you’re dealt, and recognize the signs. Got that?
So here’s the deal, for parts number one and two of what are two really good things. Heck, they’re absolutely great things.