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 Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.