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.
Cliches. You gotta love ’em, and here I get to use one: Better late than never! The whole day got away from me and all of a sudden I realized it’s Thursday Blog Day and I hadn’t written a word. What was I doing? I was saving more than $5,000, that’s what.
In the long saga that has been “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” there have been many landmark moments. This week provided another such moment, and it was a big, although unexpected, one. Going into the process with publisher Outskirts Press, I was not aware that my manuscript would undergo an editorial review after submission, and I assume my lack of awareness about that subject had a lot to do with my focus on writing. I have done very little digging on the Outskirts website, in terms of policies and other obligations, throughout the process. I just stayed laser-focused on the writing. Either that or I used the writing as a perfect excuse to not dig into the minutia.
Back in ancient olden times when the only way to know what day it was involved looking at an actual printed calendar, the dates for major holidays were printed in red instead of black. Hence, the words “red letter days” denoted something special. Today was yet another one for me. I officially hit the “Send” button on my email program and shipped off the entire “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” manuscript to Outskirts Press. That makes the writing phase of this project officially complete.
Hello blog faithful. No real blog today. No need to wade through paragraphs of nonsense. No stories to tell. No laughs, no tears, no groans. It’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and I’m enjoying the time off.
Greetings blog faithful. It’s again Thursday Blog Day, although I’m writing this one on Wednesday because my day tomorrow is jam-packed from 7:00 a.m. until late in the day. I shall endeavor to post this at some point, but I don’t want to confuse the entire blog-reading world by posting it today. Wednesday is not blog day.