New book on Midwest to be unveiled in RI


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Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2012, 8:41 pm
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Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
Mike Draper, owner and founder of Des Moines T-shirt company Raygun, will sign and read from his new book, "The Midwest: God's Gift to Planet Earth," Thursday at The Establishment Theatre, 220 19th St., Rock Island.

The book is a love letter to the land that has produced, according to its dedication, "Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, (the band) Tool, high-fructose corn syrup, Ranch dressing and clinging to guns and religion." It reflects what Raygun has been in the past and must stay true to in the future, according to Mr. Draper.

"We aren't really a clothing store," he said. "What we are really selling is the thoughts and slogans, and what they are on is really secondary."

Thursday's event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include a Q&A and book signing.

Mr. Draper said he has unlocked secrets to the history and culture of the Midwest in the new illustrated guide. "They promise to have a lot of good laughs, a couple of good cries, and explain why the future of the world hinges on what happens here in the Q-C," Establishment Theatre general manager Patrick Adamson said.

Admission is free, with food and drink sold. A downloadable copy of the book's first chapter is online at raygunsite.com/book.



















 



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1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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