The Unravelling Wildberrys

A Jacobsen Christmas (now with the Phillips and Nitchers) is always based on two key elements. 

The first is the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the first Christmas in some time that we shared in the glory together in church. Being together was the perfect Christmas gift for me. 

The second is to make sure we share as much fun as our Savior grants us. Therefore, may I introduce you to the Unravelling Wildberrys. From the top left: Killer & Ernie Wildberry. Next is Ruby & Julius Wildberry. At the top right are BB & J-Bird Wildberry. The band’s frontmen, from the left, are Slick and Savage Wildberry.

Since we celebrated Christmas Eve for the first time away from our home in Topeka, the group photo took on a different look. Our son-in-law, Sam, a gifted musician, came up with enough guitars, and even an old accordion, for my tribute to the late 80s supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys. 

The power of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and ELO founder and noted songwriter Jeff Lynne, made their debut album a must-hear classic. In keeping with the spirit of the collaborative effort where everyone contributed equally with no ego involved, the band members chose to change their names and play as half-brothers: “Nelson Wilbury” – Harrison, “Otis Wilbury” – Lynne, “Lefty Wilbury”- Orbison, “Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr.” – Petty, and “Lucky Wilbury” – Dylan.

With a strobe bounced off the ceiling, I fired the strobe and camera while awkwardly holding my guitar’s neck and the remote trigger. Our super group photo was quickly created. Everyone happily joined in the photo fun and quickly came up with their band member names. 

The Wildberrys hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Our world’s current state often seems impossible to fathom, but if we all could put away our egos and make some beautiful music together, 2022 might turn out to be a big hit. 


Jeff Jacobsen has photographed practically every big event the sports world has to offer during a professional career that spans over 52 years. Jacobsen has seen things up close that only a diehard sports fan could in their dreams. His work for the Topeka Capital-Journal, Arizona Republic, Kansas Athletics, Inc., many national publications and now Action Images Photography, Inc., cemented his reputation as one of the nation’s finest sports photographers.

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