For Immediate Release November 16, 2007 Contact: (309) 757-1387

Thank you Party & Benefit for Rich Johnson, co-sponsored by the Catfish Jazz Society and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society. Now is time for us to do something for this man who has done so much for others! Rich has served on both the Bix and Catfish boards for two decades, tirelessly devoting his time and talents to making these organizations among the finest. Now he is facing personal challenges and needs our help. Join the party and show Rich how much you care. When?: November 18, 2007 from 4pm until 8pm. Where?: at the Knights Of Columbus Hall, 1111 West 35th Street, Davenport. Who and what?: THREE BANDS! Featuring Ron Madow's Society Jazz, The New River City 6, and the Jim Valentine Quartet. And a JAM SESSION! Plus there's more: Dancing, Raffles with lots of great prizes, 50/50 drawings, a cash bar and concessions available at reasonable prices! Thank you for your support!

The Quad City Association of Evangelical's (QCAE) annual "Night of Thanksgiving" will be held this Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. The service will be at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities, 4700 - 53rd Street in Moline. The church is about 3 blocks due south of John Deere Road on 53rd Street. Admission is free. QCAE President Steve Stephens said, "This is a night where all Christians in the area are invited to come for a night dedicated to praising and thanking God for His goodness and many blessings. The service will blend great praise and worship music with prayers of thanksgiving. Pastors and leaders from area churches will lead us in prayers to remind us how God has been so good in every area of our lives."

DVD release!

For immediate release:

New short film premieres at Border's Davenport

"An Inconsequential Matter," a new short film by local filmmakers Max Allan Collins, Phil Dingeldein and Mark Johnson, will receive its Quad Cities premiere at Border's Davenport at 8 pm November 16. The seven minute black-and-white film, shot in March in Des Moines as part of a Iowa Motion Picture Association workshop, is featured on the team's new DVD of their award-winning 2006 film, "Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life," receiving national release from VCI Entertainment.

"When Phil and I were asked to create a short film for the IMPA Workshop," Collins said, "we jumped at the chance. We were already working on the DVD of 'Ness' and thought 'An Inconsequential Matter' would make the perfect bonus feature." The short is shot in black-and-white in what the filmmaker describes as "the style of the old Alfred Hitchcock show."

The screening of the noir-style short is the centerpiece of the DVD release party of the Ness film. The filmmakers will present a panel discussion and do a Q and A on the making of both films.

A signing will follow, featuring the DVD as well as recent books by Collins, including the current New York Times bestseller, American Gangster (currently the number one film at the box office nationally), and Jump Cut, first in a series of a novels based on the highly-rated Criminal Minds television series. Collins and his wife Barbara will also be autographing their collaborative mystery novel, Antiques Maul, the second in their bestselling "Trash 'n' Treasures" mystery series under their joint "Barbara Allan" byline. Barbara Collins was the line producer on both the "Ness" film and "Inconsequential Matter."

The "Ness" feature was shot in Des Moines in August of 2005, with all post-production handled at dphilms and its next-door neighbor Brass Sail Recording Studio in the Rock Island District. Brass Sail honcho Johnson handled all location and post-production sound, collaborating on a jazz-influenced score with Scott Morschhauser.

"We've loaded the DVD up with extras," said Dingeldein, the film's cinematographer and editor. "It includes a feature-length commentary with our star actor as well as Max and me, plus a fun behind-the-scenes documentary. The short demo film we made in 2001, which was done to create interest in the bigger project but went on to win several film festivals, is also included. So 'An Inconsequential Matter,' of course."

"Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life" tells the real story of America's most celebrated - and misunderstood - true detective, whose story has been turned into Hollywood myth from the Robert Stack 1950s "Untouchables" TV series to the Kevin Costner 1987 film.

The original play was presented in August 2005 at the Des Moines Playhouse to enthusiastic audience response and overwhelmingly favorable reviews. Between weekend performances, Collins and Dingeldein led an Iowa/Illinois crew on a demanding Hi Definition shoot.

Developed in part with a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts, the one-man show stars Des Moines actor Michael Cornelsion. The veteran performer's Hollywood credits include the films "Lost in America" and "Where the Buffalo Roam" as well as guest star turns on such classic TV series as "Hill Street Blues," "Dallas," "Knots Landing," "Remington Steele," "Hunter" and "Greatest American Hero."

Cornelison starred in, and co-produced, Frank Darabont's first film, "Stephen King's Woman in the Room." Mostly recently he played a major supporting role in the Iowa-shot baseball film, "The Final Season."

For a DVD release, Collins contacted Robert Blair, president of Oklahoma-based DVD distributor VCI, because the two had collaborated before. After VCI successfully distributed a VHS release of Collins' films "Mommy" and "Mommy 2: Mommy's Day," Blair approached the filmmaker/mystery writer to provide commentary tracks for several classic film noir DVD releases. VCI's impressive library of noir films convinced Collins that the label was the perfect home for the story of a man who lived the kind of life noir mythologizes.

The DVD will be available wherever DVDs are sold as well as at the familiar online outlets.

For more information and/or interviews:

contact Max Allan Collins at

***Downloadable images of Cornelison, Collins and the DVD cover are available at


Borders Book Signing

The River City Radio Hour:
3rd. Friday of every month.
Show begins at 7.30 p.m.

Next session is on Oct. 19th.

Tickets for the show: $5.00
Open to the Public.

For those who wish to indulge in the luxury of an entire evening:
The Moline Commercial Club will be serving dinner.
Chef Tim makes a special menu for the evening.
Dinner is by reservations only and is prior to the show.
Social Hour 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Price for dinner is $ 20.00 per head.

*Audience can attend the show without dinner. Price for show ticket is $ 5.00

Press Release

First Congregational Church of Moline invites the Quad City Community to a Pilgrim Thanksgiving Celebration on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. The service reenacts the original Pilgrim Thanksgiving Day service with traditional Pilgrim dress and customs. The public is invited. The church is located at the intersection of I-74 and 7th avenue, at 2201 7th avenue. Look at for more details or call 309-762-0787.

ImageQueen Victoria never crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and yet no woman came to be better known in the "Victorian" United States. In a free presentation this Friday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. at Butterworth Center, expert Dr. Walter Arnstein focuses on an unexplored subject: Why did the granddaughter of King George III, the quintessential "tyrant" of 19th century American textbooks, become a heroine in the eyes of most Americans and the object of the most elaborate funeral ceremonial ever devoted to a foreigner?

ImageFilming of New Full Length Motion Picture
Begins in Quad Cities - EXTRAS Needed October 28th!

Sheila Stalsberg - Cell Phone (563) 579-9717
David Clevenger - Office: (309) 912-9786

Kelli Knoblau
1 on 1 Fitness Studio
(563) 508-8868

For Immediate Release
Oct. 23, 2007


(DAVENPORT, Iowa) - 1 on 1 Fitness, located in the old Christie Mansion, will celebrate its grand opening in the Village of East Davenport with a ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at 2224 East 12th Street.

1 on 1 Fitness Studio offers one-on-one training sessions, couples/ partner training sessions, personalized workout programs, small-group exercise classes, and lifestyle and weight management consulting. The small group classes are offered during after-work hours and individual training sessions are offered by appointment between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. At-home personal training packages are also available; if clients have very limited equipment 1 on 1 Fitness Studio will provide equipment.

"1 on 1 Fitness Studio is designed to fit the needs of a variety of individuals, whether 18 or 95 years old, the inexperienced to athletic, male and female. All programs are designed specifically for each individual client in order to meet their direct goals and needs," said owner Kelli Knoblau, a Bettendorf native.

Knoblau is an American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer. She has worked in the fitness industry for six years. A graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Social Work, Knoblau is a former domestic violence counselor.

More information on 1 on 1 Fitness Studio can be found by visiting the website at