Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Moline's Jann Carl - Trained on the Line-O-Type Staff - Covets Your Support
For Her Small Town Big Deal TV Show

HAVE YOU HEARD!?!?!? (Had to use this mule shot for this post...tallest mule in North America!) I'm producing and co-hosting a show called "Small Town Big Deal".

CHECK IT leaves you feeling good and THAT my friends is a very good thing! You can get all the info on it and how to watch it at

Here's my small request...I have 1,373 Facebook Friends.....more than 525 of you have liked our show page. 

I'D LOVE IT IF NEARLY ALL of my FB friends would go to Small Town Big Deals FB page and "LIKE" us! Thank you all so very much. xoxo-Jann Feel free with share to your friends!

After I shared Jann's post - 

  • Jann Carl SO right you are Greg!!!!! Loved doing those stories!!! Thanks for sharing...Hope your family and friends will tune in and will also 'like' us on facebook. Family Friendly television needs grass roots support to make it!!!
  • Gregory L. Jackson Hi Jann. I will put this on the blog and suggest that.
  • Jann Carl Thanks so much! We are on a mission .... we just got the Seal of Approval from the Parents Television Council and we intend to find a way to keep telling the great American stories that inspire, uplift, engage, entertain, inform and enlighten! We might even do a stock offering similar to the Green Bay everyone the opportunity to own a share of stock in the show so that we can keep the show on the air and 'the people' can take back at least a little bit of control on what gets on TV and their children and grandchildren see. 

Jann Carl was born on May 19, 1960 in Carthage, Mo. She attended the Missouri School of Journalism and graduated in 1982. While at Mizzou, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, ODK, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board and was a Tiger mascot.

From Columbia, Carl moved to Chicago to begin her broadcast news career at ABC affiliate WLS-TV. She later took an offer in Los Angeles to work as a news reporter and later accepted a position as co-host of KABC’s magazine show Eye on L.A. She won three Los Angeles Emmy Awards during her time in the city. In 1996, Carl joinedEntertainment Tonight and worked as a correspondent until 2008.

Today, Carl is developing several projects as head of her own production company. She also serves as a national board member for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for which she has co-hosted an annual Labor Day Telethon for 18 years.

Jann Carl's TV show reminded me of another Moliner, Ken Berry, who starred in F Tropp and Mayberry RFD, besides appearing with Carol Burnett on the Mama's Family skits.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MHS 1968 Class - Wear Your Dress Grays (Clean Sweats) - Meet at Maid-Rite

REMINDER-Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 15th, Maid-Rites at noon, 16th street location-

Look forward to seeing as many as can show up!

Guy Johnson

Monday, January 6, 2014

Grilling Outside Today - The Chicken Ichabod Recipe

The Kingsford Grill - aka T-Rex.

Our son and daughter-in-law got us a very large portable grill, which we put together as a group. Like many projects, the directions made more sense after we were done.

We awoke today to temperatures around zero and a minus wind chill, perhaps 20 below but not bad at all around noon. It was sunny with no wind.

Everyone was crying about wind chills all over the Midwest, which were slightly better than what we had in New Ulm, Minnesota 20 years ago - 60  below for about two weeks. I do not remember anyone caring.

In that vein - Green Bay hosted an outdoor football match last night but canceled indoor school this morning and tomorrow.

Father Hollywood convinced me to try the paleo-diet, going easy on the breads (hard for a baker's son) and heavy on meat, fruit, and vegetables. However, I was aghast at the price of such things as sliced turkey and chicken. I was grilling chicken often and knew what meat prices were. Besides, deli sliced meat is really salty.

So I decided to grill twice a week, especially after finding out how good my BBQ meat was for sandwiches, warmed up or cold. I adopted a meat market (Dime's, Springdale, a few miles away), and a secondary one (Harp's) when Dime's is not open. We have used Sam's Club quite often for chicken and bacon. We figure all chicken is Tyson's anyway, since this town is their headquarters.

Here is the recipe for Chicken Ichabod. It is easy, fast, and delicious.

A grill with a rack above the main rack is best, since it is hard to make bacon-wrapped meat and grill it. One problem is the heat and the blazing, smokey fires that erupt.

I put the chicken on the main level and the bacon on the mezzanine level. T-Rex makes the bacon sit above the chicken below and drip bacon grease on it as it cooks.

I use Kingsford charcoal, mesquite style. In the past I have soaked hickory chips in water and added them to the hot coals. That really adds a great hickory smoke flavor to the meat. In Phoenix I simply cut green mesquite from my trees and tossed it in.

The drop-down hood on the T-Rex allows the bacon to heat up enough to drip down. If I leave the hood down too long, the bacon napalms and I get a roaring grease fire. Still, the results are not that bad with the roaring fire. The bacon gets crisp fast and the chicken is still good. Still, it is better to lower the hood for short periods of time. The volume of smoke is a good indication of how well it is going. I try to keep it at "Habemus papam!" rather than "Abandon hope all ye who enter here."

The Chicken Ichabod recipe works just as well for pork, so I use boneless pork steaks, which are only $5 a pound at Dimes. Boneless chicken breasts are $2 to 3 a pound, only the low end at Sam's Club. Harp's had me buying chuck eye for beef, which is a way to have a small, inexpensive steak, about $6 a pound. We would rather eat pork and chicken overall.

Sassy takes an immediate interest in my cooking efforts, as soon as she sees indications of BBQery. She decided against outdoor supervision today, but stayed in the living room - inside. She has a fur coat, but it is more of a sweater.

Sassy loves to get her share of the meat and then some.

The bonus for Chicken Ichabod is the grilled bacon. The chef and assistants get to sample the bacon as it cooks. When I cook for Team Jackson, everyone enjoys bacon and chicken. The last vote went against pepper bacon in favor of maple bacon.

The most delicious bacon is from Nicollet, Minnesota, so I may try that out on the family.

The best compliment I have had was hearing a granddaughter say, "Mom. Make sure you take home some chicken."

There is nothing like grilled chicken with that bacon-glaze flavor. It is great off the grill and superb as a replacement for $9 sliced deli chicken.

We have gone out for lunch with our son's family, but cooking together is more fun. The grandchildren are great helpers. Tammy brings fantastic desserts and other dishes. Everyone helps with the set-up and the clean-up.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jorja Hepner's Mother-in-Law Will Celebrate Her 100th Birthday Today

Jorja and Jim Beert recently celebrated their 45th anniversary.
Jorja's caption -
My grandmothers ( Georgia Crose and Ruth Falconer).
Jim's grandmothers, Johanna Wulffaert and Mary Beert.

From Jorja Hepner Beert, MHS66:
"JANUARY 1 is the BIG day Jim's Mom will be 100 !!!

Bertha Beert, 1451 20th Ave., Apt. 112, East Moline, will celebrate her 100th birthday with a family dinner on Jan. 1. She would enjoy receiving cards.

Bertha Wulffaert was born on Jan. 1, 1914, in SasVanGhent, Holland.

She came to the U.S. with her parents at age 6. She married Albert D. Beert on Oct. 3, 1936, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport. He died in 1997.

She has three sons, Ronald (deceased); Gerald (deceased); and James (Jorga), Coal Valley. She has eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a former 70-year member of St. Mary's, East Moline.

100 years old!