I'm throwing an online Oscar party tonight, and you're invited!
I'm gathering some of the biggest pop-culture geeks in the Quad-Cities at the International House of Shane, and we'll be on Quad-Cities Online during the Academy Awards telecast, live-blogging our thoughts, comments and fashion advice from the confines of my living room.
Stop by the QCOnline.com main page and join the fun! Or go directly to qconline.com/live to join in. The party will start at 6:30 p.m. and run until the show ends -- or until we die from boredom and/or old age, whichever happens first.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.