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.

Quite The Extravaganza
Mar 14, 2019   //   by bwilber

The names are not quite the stuff of legend, but we’re getting there. Oscar, Radar, Wilb, and good old Lance who was often called “Disco” in college at SIUE, but who just as often was known as Lance Romance. Neither of them stuck. He’s just Lance. As in Lance McCord, the pride of Highland, Illinois. Go Bulldogs!

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5th Annual Roomies Reunion
Mar 6, 2019   //   by bwilber

Greetings from Woodbury one day early, in terms of my blog day. I need to post this on Wednesday because tomorrow will be a long travel day. I’ll spend the morning on Delta flight 2096, with nonstop service from Minneapolis – St. Paul to Tampa, Florida. We’ll be cruising at an altitude of 33,000 feet heading south. More importantly, I am personally going to be traveling from piles of snow taller than I am to the Sunshine State, where the extended forecast for the next week is for sunny days and temps in the mid-80s. I might melt. Yesterday, it got “up” to 15 in Woodbury and I did indeed see kids walking home from school carrying their jackets. T-shirt weather!

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An Ode to Larry
Feb 28, 2019   //   by bwilber

If you read my book “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” you probably remember the name Larry Eberle from the early chapters. He got a lot of ink in the book because of how important he was to me as a young lad. I don’t think I fully appreciated his impact on me until much later in life, maybe even as late as when I was writing about him in the book. He changed me, and that’s not necessarily something we expect out of 12-year-olds.

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A Quick and Trivial Visit
Feb 14, 2019   //   by bwilber

Hello blog faithful. Just a quick one today because we all have better things to do on February 14th. Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s a unique holiday in so much as it’s completely contrived and based on nothing more than a chance to sell a lot of cards, chocolates, and flowers, but most of us go along with it. I tell my wife I love her every day of the year, and this day is no different.

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After a Quick Trip to KC, Another Snownami
Feb 7, 2019   //   by bwilber

It’s snowing. Like really snowing. It started at around 6:00 last night, while Barbara and I were enjoying yet another wonderful dinner at Angelina’s, our favorite Woodbury bistro. It’s the one place in Woodbury that rivals Hay J’s, our fave spot back out in Liberty Lake and Spokane. It snowed most of the night and it’s not supposed to end until 6:00 or so this evening. 

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