Wilkes University

Colonel Bob

Bob Wachowski ‘89

No one in the history of Wilkes University athletics could energize and unite a student body as effectively as Wachowski. Affectionately known as "Colonel Bob", Wachowski spent four seasons as the mascot at Wilkes, serving in that capacity from 1987 through 1989, and again from 1992 through 1994.

A true ambassador of athletics at Wilkes, Wachowski always found a way to make a grand entrance. Many times he would arrive to an athletic event riding his eight-foot unicycle. Other times you might see him riding his go-cart with a dummy dressed in opponent's colors dragging behind. He arrived at Homecoming one year riding a horse, while yet another time he landed on Ralston Field in a television helicopter. Wachowski's enthusiasm and energy was not restricted to the so-called major sports.

He felt that every athlete, regardless of the sport he or she played, deserved support for their efforts. Wachowski would even show up at opposing sites when you least expected it, unicycle and all, to provide inspiration during a key game. Wachowski was so popular that he was asked to serve as the student speaker at Commencement in both 1989 and 1994. He also served as the student speaker at the dedication of the Arnaud C. Marts Center in 1989, and was awarded the Athletic Service Award in 1994.