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 an important personal assignment. Over the course of 2016 he wrote his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” and submitted it to the publisher in early February. It was released in late May, 2017 and is available on Amazon.com and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

Sorry, Ray…
Sep 21, 2017   //   by bwilber

Welcome back, blog faithful. I’m going to switch it up a little this week. Instead of ending this installment with a good story that didn’t make the final edit of my book “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” I’m going to lead off with it. This story is just too rich to leave for last, and it dates back to 1988.

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The Calendar Marches On
Sep 14, 2017   //   by bwilber

So, we’re in that part of the year where all sorts of things are changing or happening at once. We’ve had a few delicious days in the 60s so far, but mostly it still feels like summer here in Minnesota. We’re in the 80s today and it’s humid. But, as the band Ambrosia once told us, “Time waits for no one.” If time did wait for anyone, I think we’d all be doomed, so perhaps (perhaps?) it’s better this way.

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Procrastination Is Overrated
Sep 7, 2017   //   by bwilber

I don’t often procrastinate. Or, at least, I don’t usually procrastinate. Today, though, is one of those days. It’s 2:15 in the afternoon and I’m finally writing this first blog paragraph after finding every possible useless and/or useful thing to do up until this point. Usually, I’m excited to get going on a new blog installment but today is one of those examples of the water being too cold, the mountain too high, the sauna too hot, and my brain too disengaged. So, I’ve been surfing the web, reading (parts of my book and a few chapters of another), and basically doing anything but writing. Maybe my writing tank was just empty. Now, here I am and it’s flowing pretty well. Maybe I ought to eat a second lunch, or go run some more errands…  Nah, time to finally dive in.

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Inside The 30s
Aug 31, 2017   //   by bwilber

Let’s get right to the meat and potatoes of this blog installment. That would be a Filet Mignon and a fully loaded baked spud, too. Maybe some grilled asparagus on the side, with Bearnaise sauce. Lots of good top-of-the-line material for this one, starting with my adventures on the artificial turf field at US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. What a deal that was. So, let’s get right to it!

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A Trip Up North, and More…
Aug 24, 2017   //   by bwilber

One week ago I posted my weekly Thursday Blog Day installment and lamented the fact that my Thursday posting schedule meant a lot of the fun stuff I will now being doing each week will happen the day after the blog. For instance, on Friday afternoon I left Woodbury and headed for Brainerd. Seems like a long time ago, now. But, as we say so technically and gracefully, it is what it is. So here we are on this particular Thursday with a chance to wrap up the last week.

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