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.

Firsts and Favorites
May 9, 2019   //   by bwilber

So, just a week after I so proudly wrote about how many fun things Barbara Doyle and I had been doing, including restaurants, concerts, weddings, and the like, we’ve basically done nothing very fun for the last week. Part of that had to do with Barbara needing to go on a business trip to New York and Boston, and the rest mostly had to do with some home projects and the weather. 

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Just A Couple of Social Butterflies
May 2, 2019   //   by bwilber

I don’t know when it started. I don’t recall having an epiphany and a corresponding conversation about getting out more and enjoying the many great things we can continually experience here. We live in a great place, in a wonderful part of the country, but with some of the harsh weather we can have it’s easy to slip into a phase where you just turn on the fireplace and watch TV. And that’s a shame, because you can do that anywhere. We live in the Twin Cities. This is not just “anywhere” and at some point in the last few months Barbara and I have found ourselves not just accepting more invites but seeking out new adventures and fun experiences. And it’s been a very rich thing. It’s on us to keep it up, and we’re having a ton of fun doing it, so why wouldn’t we?

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Lightly Seasoned With A Pinch of Salt
Apr 25, 2019   //   by bwilber

With regard to this week’s headline, I shall get to the salt part in a bit. Bear with me. It’s worth the wait, especially if you suffer from severe allergies and lived through a childhood that featured chronic asthma, like me.

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It’s All About The Music
Apr 18, 2019   //   by bwilber

I’ve been a music fan for as long as I can recall. That’s a little odd, because I am completely devoid of any “music playing” genes in my DNA. The most complex instrument I could ever master was the steering wheel, although to be fair to this blogger I was, and continue to be, a world-class percussionist on said steering wheel. I’ve really just been a fan all my life. Music takes me places, and over the years those places have varied widely, from incredibly happy locations to darker “we’ll all get through this together” corners. It’s what music does best.

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April in Minnesota. She is a Cruel Mistress
Apr 11, 2019   //   by bwilber

One year ago, when we had our “Men of Woodbury Epic Retreat” up at Larsmont on the north shore of Lake Superior, April turned from kind and welcoming to vicious and cruel. A massive snow storm hit the northern plains and we were “holed up” in two luxury condos riding the storm out (cue REO Speedwagon). The waves on the lake were 20-30 feet high and crashing ashore just yards from the building. It was a lousy and cruel way to say hello to spring, but somehow we had riotous fun anyway.

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