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|"Boy on the Hill"
The first story I ever wrote was a bedtime story for
my son. It is about a boy who could mold clouds
into shapes we often see in the sky.
|So much more than just your average author visit
A cultural arts writing and reading experience
|Daryl's mom graduated
from Trenton State
University (now, The
College of New Jersey) in
1989 at the age of 47, she
studied Theology. Upon
graduating Jackie became
a Methodist Minister.
Daryl was 27 at the time.
From 1991-1993 she was
the Minister of the Califon
Methodist Church in
Califon, New Jersey.
|Daryl does not just have one brother (Jack) as depicted
in "Baseball, Bullies & Angels-- he actually has four.
Oldest to youngest:
Shawn, Daryl, Bryan, Colin and Erin.
The character Jack was
based off of his brother, Shawn.
|Daryl's home town (Hampton, NJ) was used to
create the setting for his children's novel
Baseball, Bullies & Angels.
|Daryl loved baseball and
most days you could
find him playing catch in
front of his house with
his best friend Charlie.
|Charlie passed away in 2013 but
will live forever in Daryl's heart
and in his book
Baseball, Bullies & Angels.
Charlie seen in the right photo is
a feature character.
|His career as a baseball player came to a heart breaking end a few years later, when a
routine throw to second base, to stop an advancing runner-- turned into a season
ending injury. Soon after this game, he was diagnosed with a Rotator Cuff tear and
given little chance of it returning to normal. The shoulder injury was indeed permanent
and Daryl left the varsity team and never played baseball again.
|Daryl's grandmother (Ethel Cobb) was a huge
influence in his life. Ethel was also a big
baseball fan-- she love the Yankees and rarely
missed a televised game.
|Daryl spent one week most
summers in Utica, New York
with his grandmother. Their
time would be spent going to the
Baseball Hall of Fame, watching
baseball games or playing cards.
Daryl also did all of his
grandmother's gardening during
his stay (mostly plucking
weeds) and loved to tag along
on bingo nights.
|Ethel was a big proponent of
higher education and continually
stressed it's importance to Daryl
throughout her life.
|Ethel did not live to see Daryl's success as an author, she passed
away in 1989 at the age of 80. Daryl's first books weren't
published until 2006.
|Daryl skills as a baseball player (position catcher)
were exceptional, but it was his hitting and base
running that quickly caught the attention of most
coaches, including the (West Morris Mount Olive
High School and North Hunterdon) varsity
baseball coaches. In 1977, Daryl would help lead
his Freshman team to a winning season, the
division championship (hitting 11 of 14 with a
series batting average of .785) and the highest
Freshmen batting average at .547. Daryl would go
on to play for the varsity team as well, where he
would also finish with a batting average over .500.
|Daryl's childhood was
filled with all things
baseball and he had
hoped to one day play
favorite team was the
|Daryl was not a natural born writer, in fact he struggled with both
writing and reading throughout Elementary, Middle and High School.
|Daryl's difficulties in school were not limited to just reading and writing.
His grades were poor in most subjects.
|The teachers and administration all felt that Daryl needed to apply
himself more, pay attention better in class and study harder.
|But Daryl was so easily distracted by noises, passersby and his own
thoughts that he often missed vital classroom information. Staying focused
on tasks that required sustained mental effort became a serious problem for
him. And even though he often seemed to be listening, something was
always getting in the way of his ability to retain the information.
|In the classroom Daryl found it next to impossible to follow instructions, lectures and
often found himself lost in daydreams. Reading was next to impossible because
nothing seemed to stick in his mind or he'd find himself thinking of other things while
he was reading. He just could not concentrate or retain information. To all of his
teachers Daryl seemed lazy, inattentive, spacey, unmotivated and easily distracted.
|In today's educational environment Daryl's symptoms and grades would
draw immediate concern from teachers because so much is now known
about Attention Deficit Disorder. But throughout the 60's, 70's and
80's his symptoms went unnoticed and were thought to be no more than
a sign of a student who wouldn't apply himself.
|Daryl had and still has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
|In "Baseball, Bullies & Angels" the main character mirrors Daryl's
struggles in school. Being Bullied and Attention Deficit Disorder created
many long lasting problems for Daryl academically and socially.
|His parents also ran a family business--
The Big Dipper. The Big Dipper was
popular in the 70s, and the kids flocked
to it for hand dipped ice cream,
milkshakes, burgers and fries, etc..
(The name was changed in 1981 to
Cobb's Emporium to go with a newly
Pictured here on the Right
|The school system continued to move Daryl on to the next grade level
year after year despite his poor grades.
|Daryl was discouraged, but usually optimistic that one day he would
figure it out. But with each day school only became a constant
reminder of his failures and inadequacies.
|High School seemed like a new beginning for Daryl, but he quickly fell
behind in his school work and continued to receive bad marks.
|In his final year of High School, Daryl signed up for a class that change
his life-- Stage Craft. The class was meant to give the students a broad
view of stage performance and its history.
|At the end, Daryl's final grade for Stage Craft was a D. Daryl got lost in
the text book and drifted into daydreams during the teacher's lectures.
But despite the grade, the topic sparked a new interest (Acting) and
most importantly direction.
|After years of struggling in school and searching for direction, Daryl
found it, in NYC, on Broadway-- "Grease". The play spark a lifelong love
of the arts and changed the course of Daryl's life.
|During this eight week period two field trips were also scheduled. One was a
tour of a local theater. The second one was to New York City, to experience
a live stage play-- "Grease"
|Daryl is married to
Joanne Salimbeno since
November 13, 1993
|Daryl and Joanne have two children,
Cameron and Kayley.
|Daryl and Joanne were both graduates of North
Hunterdon High School (Daryl in 1979) in Annendale,
N.J., in Hunterdon County.
|Daryl was born Daryl Kevin Cobb in Utica, New York
on December, 5th 1961 to Edward (Jack) and Jacqueline (Jackie) Cobb.
|Daryl Cobb graduated from Hampton Public School
in Hamtpon, New Jersey in 1976.
|Cameron, Kayley and family
are all Yankee fans.
|To encourage Daryl to write
her back, his grandmother
would put a $1.00 bill in
every letter she sent him.
Daryl wrote back often!
Letter to the right is
from January, 1980.
Daryl was 18 years old
at the time.
|Bullies and bad grades!
|Daryl's father was a Math teacher in New Jersey for nearly 30 years.
in 1979 Mount
|Shawn (left), Ethel, Daryl (right)
|Daryl Cobb's Scrapbook & Facts:
|The Cobb boys are the
New Hampshire's former
United States Senator
(1983-1993) Warren B.
Rudman and Shirley Wahl
sister of Edward (Jack) Cobb.
|Daryl and his grandmother
corresponded by writing letters to
each other at least once a week.
This continued right up to the
time of her death.
|Daryl and Baseball
|Daryl would enter North
Hunterdon High School as a
sophomore. The struggles he
previously had with fellow
classmates were now in the
past. And there was only one
thing holding him back from
achieving academic success at
the high school level-- his
continued lack of focus in the
classroom. A problem that had
been on going since his
elementary school days.
Issues sited by his teachers included:
|Daryl's North Hunterdon High School
|Daryl, School and Attention Deficit Disorder
|In the 1977-78 school year Daryl
returned to his district school and
began his sophomore year at
North Hunterdon High School.
|Mount Olive High School
|In 1976 Daryl attended the same High School
that his father taught at.
(West Morris Mount Olive High School)
|For many years Daryl Cobb performed on stage
in musicals, dramas and children's theatre.
|By Roy Proctor
News Leder arts editor
"Daryl K. Cobb is hilariously
infuriating as the Polish recruit
whose horridness is exceeded
only by his bigotry."
|By Robert Merritt
Times-Dispatch staff writer
Kevin McGranahan, Daryl K. Cobb and
Gordon Bass provide the ingredients
that round out the production and give
it the rare quality that delivers Simon at
|By Christopher Moore
The Summit Herald, NJ
"Daryl K. Cobb takes what could
have been a secondary role and
manages to make his lines count
with a sensitivity that makes us
realize that Kenneth may find his
way back from the Vietnam war
to the quiet of Lebanon, MO. His
portrayal of nature-loving Jed is a
testament to the effectiveness of
|By Lorinda Ravo
The publicity for the show
claimed that the Wicked Witch
would be played by Debbie
Lockwood, but when the nose
and wig came off during curtain
calls, the Witch looked very
similar to the young man who
appeared as an Irish cop in
"Arsenic [and Old Lace]". At any
rate, "she" was wonderfully ugly
and scary. Her witch laugh was
Daryl would receive the first notable review of his career in The Wizard of Oz.
After the actress originally cast for the part (Debbie Lockwood) was unable to
continue with the production. With only one week to learn his lines, Daryl
stepped into the part as the Wicked Witch and created a memorable character.
Daryl K. Cobb (Joseph Wykowski)
appeared in Joe's Friendly with
Green Alley and Theatre IV play
lab. He was seen in Man of La
Mancha at Theatre Virginia, 5th
of July at the New Jersey Public
Theatre, Woolgatherer at
Actor's Studio and Joseph and
the Technicolor Dream Coat
and Pippin at the Pax Amicus
Theatre in New Jersey.
|Daryl K. Cobb appeared in "The Royal Family"
|Daryl K. Cobb appeared in
"Man of La Mancha" at Theater Virginia.
|Daryl K. Cobb as Jed in "5th of July"