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.

Heading For The Gators…
Mar 17, 2016   //   by bwilber

Welcome aboard Delta 1484, heading eastbound to Minneapolis-St. Paul. We are traveling together in seat 2-D, and in moments I’ll have to take a break when the standard hot turkey sandwich on wheat bread arrives. To avoid as many empty calories as possible, I usually open the sandwich and fold over the turkey so it’s all on one side, then chop off the other half of the bread. These tricks for airline food are offered free of charge, but I’m going to have to bill you $25 for that bag you brought with you. And please bring your seat back to its original upright position.

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Is It Spring Yet?
Mar 10, 2016   //   by bwilber

A little more than a week ago I mentioned, to the young lady giving me a haircut, that I hoped I wasn’t jinxing us but I was pretty sure spring had actually sprung out here in scenic Liberty Lake, Wash. We’d broken the standard winter-long string of gray and gloomy days, the clouds had lifted, the mountains were clearly visible, and we even had some heavy spring rains instead of the incessant fog, smog, and gunk. It sure felt like spring…

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A FANTASTIC Weekend!
Mar 3, 2016   //   by bwilber

Welcome back, to Thursday Blog Day here at the creatively named space known as “Bob’s Blog.” Okay, we didn’t want to overthink it. I’m not sure how long this one will be, because so much happened in the last week I got back home to Spokane on Tuesday and felt so tired I actually told Greg, my editor, that I might take the week off. Barbara and I had met in Minnesota on Friday, then her brother Tim and his wife Kelly arrived on Saturday. We spent a few days being tourists with them, having a great time, and then on Monday night we got to see Bruce Springsteen for the second time in about a month, with this show being performed at the Xcel Energy Arena in St. Paul.

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And So The Story Goes…
Feb 25, 2016   //   by bwilber

Welcome to Thursday Blog Day! I’ve discovered that picking Thursday as my day to blog is one of the best decisions ever. Like, ever! Like, totally! For the last 10 and a half years I’ve just written blogs whenever the feeling hit me, but for those last 10 and a half years I wasn’t also writing a book. I was writing all sorts of press releases and PR updates, but those also tend to fall into a specific pattern and in total they might add all the way up to 2,000 words in a week. This week, so far, I’ve written about 8,000 words but that’s nothing compared to last week, when Chapter 7 stretched 33 pages and 18,000 words. Chapter 8, this week, is a more standard length for the flow and pace I’ve been using, checking in at about 15 pages.

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Who Knew?
Feb 18, 2016   //   by bwilber

I bet you never considered the physical side of long-form writing. I know I never did, before I casually walked up to the edge of the deep end of this pool and dove in, taking on “Bats, Balls, and Burnouts” like just another writing assignment. After all, I’d just spent 20 years writing many thousands of words per week as a PR person in the NHRA world, so how could this be any different?

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