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.

Sign Here Please
Apr 16, 2020   //   by bwilber

It occurred to me in the last 24 hours that not that many people ever have the pleasure of signing a contract. Not any contract, like your mortgage, lease agreement, or car loan, that legally binds you to compensate the other party for products or services they are rendering. Instead, a contract that someone else offers to compensate you for the services and professional skills you will be providing. Landscapers, home renovators, builders, and some other trades routinely utilize contracts to guarantee they will be paid for the professional services they perform, but most people go through life on handshakes and verbal agreements. I’ve utilized those handshakes, of course, but I am fortunate to have signed more than a few contracts in the world of sports, and now I’m about to do so in the world of publishing. Such things are so rare, so beyond-belief rare, it’s always an honor and a thrill to sign at the bottom. I’m pretty sure I remember every one of them.

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Pinocchio Might Be A Real Boy
Apr 9, 2020   //   by bwilber

Yesterday, I put a teaser out on Facebook about the fact I’d be restarting the blog today, after not writing it for a nearly a month due to the Covid-19 virus and all the challenges we mutually face. And I also subtly (that’s sarcasm) made mention of the fact the main reason for this reboot is the fact I had big news on the personal front. I do. I’ll get to it. But before I do any of that, I want to send out caring wishes to everyone. I hope you’re being safe. I hope you’re all well. I hope none of you foolishly think you’re bulletproof. We’re on a “stay at home” quarantine here in Minnesota and I have actually only been out of the house twice in the last three weeks, not counting getting the mail. Both times I left here in my car I was on an errand to drop something off with no human interaction. I’m being good, as is Barbara, and we’re both taking our temperature multiple times a day. So far, so good.

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This Is Not A Good Time
Mar 12, 2020   //   by bwilber

This could be my last blog for a while. I don’t know. Maybe, or maybe not. We’ll see. I just know that in the last few weeks a thing that seemed ominous and worrisome, but way out beyond the horizon, has become far more than that. This coronavirus is not a joke. It’s not a hoax. It’s nothing to be trifled with. My blog has, since Day 1 back in August of 2005, almost always been focused on fun, nonsense, uplifting stories, nostalgia, heartfelt relationships, and the love of life. I’ve rarely (if ever) pontificated or preached. I have my opinions, and others have theirs, but I’ve tried valiantly to keep those things outside the realm of the regular “stream of consciousness” that has defined this blog forever.

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Fantastic Florida Fun (Mostly)
Mar 6, 2020   //   by bwilber

This was one very special week. It was heartwarming, loving, exciting, adventurous, full of travel even after we got down to Florida, and nostalgic. It was a lot of really good feelings. 

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What You Find When You Dig Through The Utility Room
Feb 27, 2020   //   by bwilber

The word is “plaque.” For some reason, I always want to put a “c” in there and spell it placque, but a quick search on the Google machine instructed me, in no debatable terms, that the word “placque” is nothing more than “a misspelling of the world plaque” so there you have it. Late yesterday I was searching for a theme of any sort for this week’s blog, and (like most of them) it came to me out of the blue. The theme would be about plaques.

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