Mark your calendar: a great night for a great person


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Posted Online: Jan. 31, 2013, 7:45 pm
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By John Marx, jmarx@qconline.com
To the best of my knowledge:

-- Mary Beth Albracht Hicock has been teaching and reaching the minds and hearts of children in the Rock Island school district for 27 years.
Her friends tell me the expression "She was born on a sunny day" fits her best. That she is fairy godmother-like, and that when she is around, you expect magic to happen.
Mary Beth is fighting glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive type of brain cancer. Her friends -- and there a bunch of them -- are having a taco dinner for Mary Beth to raise funds to help her work through this fight. It's scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Milan Community Center. Cost is $5. It will be a great night for a great person.

-- The same people who laugh at gypsy fortune-tellers take economists seriously.

-- If The Weather Channel shows up, someone is banking on something bad happening to your area. Thank goodness Sunday past's ice storm of the century did not happen, and The Weather Channel had nothing major to report.

-- There is no reason for a television newscast to include a food-related story every time we are expected to get bad weather. It serves no purpose. Grocery stores are not going to be emptied. It's a three-minute waste of time that tells us nothing.

-- "Discount movie theater'' should not mean raggedy, rundown, and lacking in heat. Come on, Nova 6.

-- A real hamburger does not need a helper.

-- The fist bump is so much cooler than a high five or two guys jumping up into each other.

-- The big rat in Pennsylvania had better not see his shadow. I'm just sayin' it's time winter goes off into the warm sunset.

-- There's always an extra ring on the phone call you are ignoring.

-- We'd touch anything with a 10-foot pole. Come on.

-- Never pick up a dead spider. You want the rest of them to know you mean business.

-- Ninety percent of our opinions are shrugs.

-- The less someone knows about the subject, the longer the explanation will be.

-- No one should be allowed to lip-sync any performance.

-- Tiger Woods still knows his way around a golf course.

-- The San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl. That prediction is in honor of my pal Kenny Lee, who is not a bandwagon-jumping 49ers fan.

-- A surcharge on a credit-card purchase is the greatest gouge in the history of purchasing.

-- "The Big Bang Theory" is way better than "Seinfeld," only slightly better than "Friends," but not as great as "M*A*S*H."

-- Rock Island's Cory Creger, who passed earlier this week, was a fine man, a gentleman through and through. He was one of the hardest-working athletes I ever had the good fortune of knowing. He was a caring soul, brought up the right way by two wonderful parents, surrounded by loving relatives at every turn. He was a proud Marine who served his country with great pride and honor. He was a pleasure to be around. I am a better person for having known Cory Creger.


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
















 



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  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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