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.

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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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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