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 and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

Even More Faces and More Places!
Jan 18, 2018   //   by bwilber

After last week’s installment, all about matching faces to names, I’m going to do something I rarely ever do. I’m going to repeat the same theme for a second week in a row. Last week’s blog went over so enormously well, it seemed a shame not to do some more digging and find some more photos that directly reference portions of the book. So let’s get right to it!

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More Faces To Match With Names
Jan 11, 2018   //   by bwilber

Even before I wrote the first word for “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” two years ago, I knew that it would be heavy on details and based around characters. After all, the fun is in the details and the wide variety and large number of absolute characters I’ve known or met, throughout it all, sometimes even baffles me. And, it wasn’t until I got started in the process, working with Outskirts Press, that I began to understand how photos can or can’t be used in a printed publication. The short version is that there’s a ton of paperwork and signatures involved and some of the photos I had could not be used at all. So, a lot of photos ended up in a file folder saved for those that didn’t make the cut.

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The Next Project
Jan 4, 2018   //   by bwilber

This might not be the longest or the funniest Bob’s Blog I’ve ever written or will write, but it does rank in the top 2 percentile in terms of big news. It’s the answer to the question I’ve heard the most in 2017. The question is, “What’s next for you, in 2018?” For all but the final five days in 2017 I didn’t have a firm answer, other than “I’ve got some ideas, but nothing solid yet.” On December 27 the lightbulb went on, after my sister Mary asked me a half-dozen times “What’s your next book going to be about?” while we were on Kauai.

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A Day Late and a Beach Short
Dec 30, 2017   //   by bwilber

Yesterday, I posted a small notice informing Blog Nation that I had run out of time and run out of mental acuity to post my musings on Thursday Blog Day. So here we are on Friday Blog Day, which is kind of like “Monday Night Football – Thursday Night Edition” (that always cracks me up) and I’m still not back to full game shape. Going six time zones away to the east for a week (Scotland & England), then back to Central Time for a couple of weeks, and then four time zones west for 11 days, before landing back at home again, is a cumulative thing. Even Barbara Doyle felt it, and she’s a veteran international traveler who jumps and skips time zones multiple times a year. Pretty soon, you just have to sleep it off.

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After Flight Delays… A Brief Blog Delay
Dec 28, 2017   //   by bwilber

Aloha blog faithful. I’m making a point of getting this quick update posted today just to stay in touch and let you know there will be much more coming tomorrow, on Friday December 29. The Hawaii trip was beyond special, and I want to be sharp with my writing to bring it all back to life. After an overnight flight, during which I slept not one single wink, and an arrival at MSP at around 5:20 a.m. when the airport was stunningly busy, still well before dawn, we got home to two sleepy cats around 6:15, or so, this morning after traversing some snowy streets and temps around zero.

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