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.

Off To Orlando
May 17, 2018   //   by bwilber

Happy Thursday Blog Day everyone, except this one is actually being written on Wednesday Blog Day. We have a 9:00 am flight to Orlando on the docket tomorrow, so I’m writing this brief installment a day early (to get the worm?) We’ll be heading down to spend the weekend with Barbara’s sister Kitty, who you may remember from her starring role in “Bob And Kitty Go To Scotland” last fall. We’ll be hanging out with her, her son Todd, his wife Angie, and their adorable incredible totally scrunchable twin daughters, Bella and Stassi (or Stassy, or Stassie, or however you spell the shorted version of Anastasia, but not Stazzie because that would just be wrong.) Those two are growing so fast it wouldn’t surprise me if they picked us up at the airport, in their own car. It might be a little battery operated Barbie Corvette, but still…

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An Assignment, And A Special Offer
May 10, 2018   //   by bwilber

So here we are again, on yet another Thursday Blog Day, and I’m going to get right to the fun part first. All of you who have read my book “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” should recognize the name Pete Delkus. He’s all through the book, starting with the fact that he wrote one of the two “Foreward” sections for it (along with Del Worsham). After that, he appears regularly as a former teammate and roommate of mine, who became a very close friend. He is currently the Chief Meteorologist for WFAA TV in Dallas.

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The Side Effects of Spring, A Ballgame, And Let’s Party!
May 3, 2018   //   by bwilber

Just when most of us up here in Minnesota were convinced winter would never end, spring arrived like an express train. We went from a blizzard to 70-degrees and sunny in a matter of just a few days and haven’t looked back since. Even the giant mountains of snow in the shopping center parking lots, which were 20 feet tall and hundreds of feet long at one point, are gone. You can still see the outlines of them by looking for unusual amounts of gravel they leave behind like receding glaciers, but the snow is gone. And now, everything is blooming. What a stunning change in such a short amount of time. One week ago, on this blog, I was raving about finally being in the upper 50s and low 60s. We’ve hit 80 a couple of times in the course of this week. Buds are turning to leaves, everything is popping, and pollen is a constant.

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On The Hunt
Apr 26, 2018   //   by bwilber

Greetings blog faithful, and welcome to another installment of “As The World Turns” or as I like to call it, “Bob’s Blog.” Let’s get right to the big stuff first. Tomorrow, the 4-Wide race in Charlotte kicks off its pro qualifying. I am not there. That’s not huge news, because I didn’t go to Houston either. What’s important is that Del Worsham and the Worsham & Fink team aren’t there either. It was a tough decision, but I support it 100 percent and I know Del made the right call.

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Our MOWER Needed A Snow Blower
Apr 19, 2018   //   by bwilber

The first annual MOWER event is in the books, even if the books are slightly tattered and worn after all the fun. Yes, the Men Of Woodbury Epic Retreat, at Larsmont on the North Shore of Lake Superior, was a roaring success, even if Mother Nature threw all she had at us. For hosts Joe Gillis and Scott Meehan, and for Terry Blake, David Jacobsen, Mitch Martin, and my own self, it was every bit the “Epic” indicated by the “E” in the acronym title.

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