He's a rock star and Edison Birthplace Association's president

Aaron Krause • Feb 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

As president of the Edison Birthplace Association, rural Milan resident Robert Wheeler was part of a public relations blitz to erect Thomas Edison's bust in Washington D.C.'s statuary hall.

He got on e-mail and, in his words, wrote to 1,000 of his closest friends, who wrote to their friends, etc.

But when it comes to a different avocation of Wheeler's -- one that takes him as far away as Europe, the Middle East and Spain to perform for legions of international music lovers -- the mild-mannered man said he's not comfortable with self-promotion.

The band in which he plays could use some promotion among the general public, especially in the United States. But Wheeler said musicians and concert-goers overseas don't need any introduction to Pere Ubu, an experimental rock music group formed in Cleveland in 1975. Wheeler has played the synthesizer in the band since 1994.

A feature story about Wheeler was published on the front page of the Jan. 21 issue of the Norwalk Reflector. To read more, pick up a copy of that issue or subscribe to the e-paper for less than $1 per week and read it now.

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