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.

Welcome to April!
Apr 4, 2019   //   by bwilber

There is generally a point, during any Minnesota winter, where local residents begin to wonder if it will actually ever end. Not every year, but quite often. At first, as winter begins, the snow is “pretty” and the cold is “refreshing” while it’s also nice that the mosquitos, geese, and other pests have all left or are in hiding. But once it’s late February and then into March, if the white stuff is still piled high and the thermometer is refusing to cooperate, it gets to be something we’re all collectively “over” and all we really care about is spring.

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Home, Just in Time For Opening Day
Mar 28, 2019   //   by bwilber

Greetings from Woodbury, Minnesota. It’s a very special day, in numerous ways. While I was gone cat-sitting on Kauai, almost all the snow has melted. Not the super huge piles created by the plow guys in our front yard, but the back yard is 100 percent clear. It’s 53 degrees. But, the first thing I noticed when I reluctantly got up this morning was the sound. It was the familiar song of the robins and blackbirds, who signal the return of spring each year with their own return. The blue jays and cardinals, and all the little finches, have had the place to themselves all winter. There’s also the honking of the returning geese, but I’ll choose not to go there. They should just keep going to Canada and be quiet. Finally, though, it’s Opening Day.

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Aloha From the Garden Island
Mar 22, 2019   //   by bwilber

Aloha, everyone. It’s another beautiful day in paradise, which is part of the reason I’m a day late getting this vacation blog posted. OK, it’s not really a vacation if you’re on an actual assignment, and that’s exactly what I’m doing here. It’s an executive position as the CCS (Chief Cat Sitter), food provider, vacuum operator, and fitness coordinator. Lots of long walks along the beaches, drives to beautiful areas, and companionship for Maxie and Biscuit.

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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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