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.

The Cup. My Town. My Memories.
Jun 13, 2019   //   by bwilber

It only took something like 52 years. In the fall of 1967, just after the St. Louis Cardinals cemented themselves as the sports anchor for a great sports city by winning the World Series (over the Boston Red Sox, by the way) the St. Louis Blues took the ice at the old (and classic) St. Louis Arena. They were part of a six-team expansion of the historic but quaint National Hockey League. It wasn’t a bad plan by the NHL. Expansion teams are almost always terrible, so if six new teams were added to double the size of the league, why not put them all in one division together. Parity is better than disparity.

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Influence Is Priceless
Jun 7, 2019   //   by bwilber

Greetings blog faithful. I am, indeed, a day late and 72-cents short, but I’m here and that’s what counts. It has not been what I would refer to as “a fun week” for me, but it’s all part of life. The short and not-too-graphic version of it is this: We had a great day last Sunday, finishing it up with a wonderful dinner at Lakes Grill, here in Woodbury, before coming home to watch the new HBO “Deadwood” movie on our big screen. It was a terrific day.

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Kind Acts Of Randomness
May 30, 2019   //   by bwilber

Today’s headline is what we call “a play on words” and it’s possible I’ve used it before. I mean, you write a blog for close to 15 years and it’s hard to keep that sort of stuff straight. But, even with the “play” it’s an accurate description of today’s content. Once again, I started the day with a blank slate and it stayed that way until about 15 minutes ago. Then, at around 11:45, I looked on the ottoman in our living room and thought “That’s worth writing about” and off it went. Just a bunch of random things that are all worthy of inclusion, but none of which are big enough to carry the whole load.

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Influential Building Blocks
May 23, 2019   //   by bwilber

When I awoke this morning, I knew it was Thursday. I also left my head on the pillow (and my right hand on Buster the cat, who loves to snuggle in the morning) while I mentally flipped through blog concepts for today. It was another one of those “I have no idea” Thursday mornings. I was drawing a blank.

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Weather and Relics
May 16, 2019   //   by bwilber

Yesterday was one interesting day and evening. I found a relic I had no idea existed, in the oddest possible place, then a few hours later I thought I was either in an alien abduction or a tornado. It was neither, but it was exciting. We’ll start with the weather.

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