Bob Shimer lives in Fishers, Indiana near Indianapolis with his wife, and a dog. His love, after his wife and two children, is entertaining. Bob has been telling stories to audiences professionally since 1990, and before that as long as he can remember.
His love of stories goes back to his childhood and a 4th grade Sunday School teacher Sam Allen. It wasn't until 1989 that Bob discovered that there were such things as professional Storytellers. He decided there and then that he was going to be one too. He practiced and told stories and several years later he felt he was good enough to start part time telling.
In 1992, he had the opportunity with his employer, AT&T, where he was State Manager for Indiana, to relocate or retire. After doing the necessary calculations, he decided the time was right to pursue the dream. He took retirement and began telling full time.
This was Bob's second retirement. He was retired from the Air Force. He had enlisted in the Air Force in 1958 and taught electronics. In 1961 he went back to Otterbein College where he got a degree, commission in the Air Force, and wife Linda (in reverse order of importance!). When Bob retired as a Major as Commander of the 179th Information Systems Flight
With his retirement from AT&T, he started his dream, and has been performing as a storyteller to all age groups from preschool to senior citizens.
Bob writes much of his own material. He says, "My mind is filled with characters and adventures. I want to get them out and share with anybody interested."
He added puppets to the act and in 1994 designed and had Drango Dragon made. Drango was an instant hit with all ages. Other puppet friends join Bob and Drango from time to time. In 2000 he added magic to the act making it a one man variety show.
Bob has performed in churches, schools, libraries, corporate events, community activities, and private parties. He was an entertainer on "The Love Boat" along with several other cruise ships, Cool Creek Kids Connection, Let’s Meet on Sesame Street, Hoosier Park Race Track, Imperial Palace and Harrah's in Las Vegas, numerous corporate events, Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Children's Museum, several Christian Educator's and Ministries Conferences,
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Bob is a member of International Ventriloquist Association, National Storytelling Association (NSA), Storytelling Arts of Indiana, International Brotherhood of Magicians, and the Fellowship of Christian Magicians. He is an ordained Deacon in the Presbyterian Church and with his wife Linda, directed a week of Church camp for elementary age children for seven years. His wife Linda was the Director of Children's Ministries at Fishers United Methodist Church until retiring at the end of 2006, Bob, Drango, and T'Karri are an active part of the church.
Bob has been a professional photographer and owned a software company, Castle Software. He was an Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech State College teaching computers. Bob has written numerous magazine articles on training and storytelling. He is the author of several children’s books and plays.