Sorry, Clair -- and thanks for being a good sport


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Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 5:24 pm
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By John Marx, jmarx@qconline.com
To the best of my knowledge:

-- I did not refer to John Deere Classic chairman Clair Peterson as chairwoman in my Monday column. There was a mix-up down the line. That said, it happened with my face next to it -- in my allotted space. It's on me. Thanks for all the emails, phone calls and Facebook messages confirming Mr. Peterson is a man. And thanks to Mr. Peterson for being a great sport about the mistake.

-- The world would be a better place if we all wore flight attendant uniforms and wings.

-- You need a boost in life if your day can be saved by a pair of lucky sweatpants.

-- Nine-year-olds burping the name of the president and the vice president constitutes a civics lesson, right?

-- Proving you can slice-'n'-dice a Super Bowl party pineapple goes hand in hand with the doctor proving he can stitch the space between your thumb and fingers.

-- It doesn't matter how close the miss is, it's still a miss.

-- A 50-cent rise in the price of gas over 10 days is gouging.

-- Beyonce should sing more, dance less and continue to hang out with Destiny's Child.

-- Sadly, the world refuses to tire of Jimmy Kimmel, Kim Kardashian and paying millions for a silly Super Bowl ad. Not necessarily in that order.

-- The best part of the Super Bowl (the game, not the experience) was after the blackout. Thanks to whoever told the hamsters to stop running on the wheels.

-- It's time for some folks to focus on something besides the size of the first lady of the United States' backside. Seriously, who cares? I don't agree with her husband much, but she has been a great advocate for a number of fitness causes in her time in the White House. She's in better physical condition than most Americans and deserves a little "backside'' respect.

-- My Top 5 other things about the Super Bowl were:

1. CBS announcer Jim Nantz not giving up the microphone to that phony Ray Lewis in the post-game interview. And does Lewis wear eye-black to bed?

2. The Go Daddy.Com commercial. Sick? Yep. But it proves there is hope for all of us.

3. Paul Harvery's "Farmer Salute'' for the the Dodge truck.

4. Joe Flacco beating Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick in successive weeks.

5. Michael Oher, the subject of the movie "The Blind Side,'' winning a Super Bowl (he's an offensive tackle for the Ravens).

-- I have been fortunate to coach with many wonderful people through the years. Terry Stephens is one of them. Terry has stage 4 urethra carcinoma, which has settled in his left kidney. There will be a pancake breakfast, "Pitch in for Coach Terry,'' from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The benefit will be held at Huckleberry's, 223 18th St., Rock Island.




Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or jmarx@qconline.com.
















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
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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