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 Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Some excitement was created in our corn market today by two new buyers who ran the price up to 62 cents per bushel. 1888 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Connelly sold the Johnson property at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 15th St. to A.C. Schafer for $1,800. 1913 -- 100 years ago: O.W. Billings and George P. Herzog have opened a new ready-to-wear shop at 1611-13 2nd Ave. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Farmers in this section of Illinois are preparing to seal part of their 1938 corn crop and receive government loans on it up to 57 cents per bushel, depending on the quality and storage conditions. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dohrn Transfer Co. is displaying its new general headquarters for its nine-state operations at 4016 9th St., Rock Island, today to its employees and tomorrow to its customers. 1988 -- 25 years ago: In 30 minutes under a Tuesday afternoon sun at the Kmart store in Moline, millionaire columnist Percy Ross raised $1,400 for the Salvation Army.