Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of snow could create a chilly reception for the Quest Fest. Not that the weather didn't try. The celebration took place as scheduled on Wednesday, January 30 at 3:00, despite a major storm of tree-crippling and power line-downing ice sweeping into the area.

The occasion was the debut of the new Quest web catalog, the culmination of years of planning for a system that would connect clusters of academic libraries throughout the state (see article).

Against a background of refreshments and music from Central Missouri's Jazz Band, Dean Pal Rao introduced several guest speakers, among them Provost Kyle Carter and, on separate videotaped greetings, State Representative Deleta Williams and Central President Bobby Patton. Senator Harold Caskey sent a framed congratulatory resolution that now hangs on a pillar near the library's information desk.

The climax of the ceremony was the cutting by Doris Kirkpatrick of a red ribbon tied around a workstation sporting the Quest web page. Mrs. Kirkpatrick is the widow of the late Honorable James C. Kirkpatrick, for whom the library is named.

After the event, the library followed the rest of the weather-stricken campus and closed down for several days. This was a memorable Fest!

Relive the Quest Fest celebration by checking out the videoproduced by KMOS-TV that aired on the University Magazine.