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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bob Cary  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: October 21,1921 in Joliet, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bob was born and raised in Illinois. But his love of outdoor living brought him to the ultimate wilderness destination: Ely, Minnesota, time and again. Finally, in 1966 Bob and his family moved to his beloved Ely, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

He worked as outdoor writer for the Joliet Herald News from 1948 - 1955, was editor and outdoor writer for Joliet Spectator from 1956 - 1957, and served as outdoor editor for the Chicago Daily News from 1958 - 1966.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Winter Camping
ISBN: 0828903409

Penguin Books. 1979

Field-tested equipment and methods for snow travel, camping, safety and nutrition in the winter outdoors.

The Big Wilderness Canoe Manual: A veteran guide and outfitter tells you all about camping, paddling, and voyaging in the spirit of the new outdoor ethic
ISBN: 0679508627

McKay. 1978

Book by Cary, Bob

Quiet Magic (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)
ISBN: 0816641854

Univ Of Minnesota Press. 2002

Celebrates the state of Minnesota in a collection of stories and columns originally published in the Duluth News-Tribune

Root Beer Lady: The Story Of Dorothy Molter
ISBN: 081664196X

Univ Of Minnesota Press. 2002

An ice-cold glass of root beer and a warm welcome greeted thousands of weary paddlers who stopped at the Isle of Pines to meet Dorothy Molter, the courageous, independent woman who became a North Woods legend. Bob Cary, Dorothy's longtime friend, captures the life and spirit of the Boundary Waters' last permanent resident, the Root Beer Lady.

Tales from Jackpine Bob
ISBN: 1570250863

Pfeifer-Hamilton Pub. 1995

Imagine sitting near a crackling fire in a clearing surrounded by tall pines. A mug of hot coffee warms your hands. All that's needed is a tale from Jackpine Bob. Despite Bob's years as a woodsman, somehow the joke's always on him. Bob applied deer scent his wife, Lil, applied perfume-guess who got the deer? Bob ignored the advice of his Indian guide-guess who swamped the canoe?

Born to Pull
ISBN: 0613623339

Bt Bound. 2003

Ely Echoes: The Portages Grow Longer (Minnesota)
ISBN: 1570252009

Min Pfeifer-Hamilton Pub. 2001

Listen to echoes of a life filled to the brim as one of the Northland's most renowned storytellers sallies forth once again to share his seventy-plus years of outdoor lore, folksy wisdom, and quirky humor, set against the wilderness backdrop of northern Minnesota.

Striding exuberantly into the 21st century, Bob Cary recounts memorable experiences of the 20th century: fun-filled boyhood escapades during the Depression, anecdotes from the war years, tales of guiding dignitaries in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, verbal snapshots of intriguing friends and neighbors up north, reflections on becoming a bridegroom in his seventies.

Indulge your own nostalgia while this consummate yarn-spinner warms your heart with his larger-than-life adventures. Gleaned from Bob's stories and insights over many years as editor of the Ely Echo, and as one of the country's premier outdoor writers, Ely Echoes is filled with tall tales, splendid spoofs, crazy campaigns, and off-the-wall observations-all told in the unique style of up-beat humor and persuasive passion that make Jackpine Bob Cary a celebrated north country character.