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.

Pomona – Looking Back
Nov 8, 2018   //   by bwilber

Right about now, many of my friends and colleagues are gathering in a place far from here. They’re in Pomona, where unlike Minnesota it most likely did not snow yesterday and they didn’t have a hard freeze last night. I’m not there, and that’s more melancholy than I expected it to be. I could’ve gone, and in Vegas I heard that “Will you be in Pomona?” question a lot, but it’s an expensive race to get to and at some point you just have to say no to spending that much money when you’re not going there to work. Especially after having done just that when I went to Las Vegas.

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A Busy Week! A Great Week!
Nov 1, 2018   //   by bwilber

It seems like I haven’t been very busy lately, because I’ve had to dip into the “Blog About Nothing” well a few too many times. This installment will be different. I’ve actually been on the go pretty much nonstop since last Thursday, and there’s a lot of good material to cover. “But what’s the challenge in that?” Right? It’s fun to write about great stuff that just happened, but sometimes it’s as much fun to come up with 2,200 words about absolutely nothing. Very Seinfeldian, you might say.

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The Fall Classic
Oct 25, 2018   //   by bwilber

Yes, I’ve watched the first two games of the World Series. No, I really don’t have a rooting interest, but that’s never mattered to me. Many times I have had one of “my teams” in the Series, but just as many times I haven’t and I’ve never willingly skipped a game. I’ve had to miss a few, but I’ve never once said “I’m not watching tonight” because I didn’t care to. I have many friends who are Dodger fans, and many (including my nephew Del III) who are diehard Red Sox fans. I’m a baseball fan. It’s in my blood.

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Book-Induced Memories
Oct 18, 2018   //   by bwilber

Welcome back, blog faithful, for yet another week of wit and whimsy, or something like that. To get right to the point, this one is going to be about some very vivid memories, all brought back to the frontal lobe this week after Bats, Balls, & Burnouts experienced a totally unexpected spike in sales on Amazon. As in, right back up into the top 100 in the category. We hadn’t seen that lofty status in probably a year. That’s not to say that the book is back to top-seller status, although it does continue to sell through various platforms, but it does mean that on a couple of consecutive days during the last week, a lot of people decided to buy a copy all within the same 24 or 36 hours and those simultaneous sales sent the ranking soaring. And that’s not a bad thing!

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Welcome to 40
Oct 11, 2018   //   by bwilber

Today’s weekly blog installment has a headline that reads “Welcome to 40” but it has nothing to do with age. I’m way past 40. When I was 40, people who were being born at that time are now in college or beyond. How’s that for making my own bad self feel old and decrepit. No, it has to do solely with the weather. It’s still only October 11 and right now it’s 40 degrees in Woodbury with a stiff breeze making it feel much chillier. Yes, this is early. Heck, it was 90 here just a couple of weeks ago!

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