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Story Time: “All I Want for Christmas Is the World To Be a Second Grader”


During this Christmas season the age-old question is “What do you want for Christmas?”  

A simple question with deep meaning for a substitute teacher, Bob Protexter of Sioux City.  

He put to paper a story he shared with an elementary school class at Hunt Elementary in December of 2018.  

For a slide show check out the KWIT-KOJI: Siouxland Public Media Facebook Page.

Biography submitted by Vobli Enterprises:

Bob Protexter is a Sioux City, Iowa native and Morningside College alumnus.  He writes and tells stories and now again serves as a Substitute Teacher in the Sioux City Community School District after recent travels abroad.  Protexter spent the year in Moscow serving as a coach for the Russian National Baseball Team in hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  Falling short of this goal after an eight country tour of Europe he found himself in Regensberg, Germany in September working as a coach for Major League Baseball’s European All-Star Cadet Camp where the top fifty 15U baseball players on the continent came to show their stuff and to work on their game. 

These worldly adventures originated in 1990 when as a student at Morningside he sold his car, bought a plane ticket to the Soviet Union, and traveled to Moscow to coach baseball for the Moscow Red Devils.  With Moscow becoming his second home, Protexter has worked for two Major League Baseball clubs; the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, attended three Winter Olympic Games, watched four World Series, and it all has traveled to some twenty-seven countries.  Protexter continues to consult to Major League Baseball on the country of Russia.


Locally in Sioux City, Protexter coached at Morningside College for eight years and in 2005 founded Total Baseball Development, which he continues to operate to this day.  He is a former scout, coach and player, and is always a baseball coach's son and Batboy Emeritus.  Protexter writes about Iowa, Russia, baseball, the Olympics, a taxi driver in Armenia, and other places he has been to like Jatznick, Germany home of his great great grandmother Charlotte.  To view one of his writings from the esteemed baseball website FanGraphs about his Kansas City Royals click here: I Am a Royals Fan and I Feel Important Today and to contact Bob Protexter directly you may email him at: protexter@hotmail.com


Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.