QUEST CLUB TALK - April 4, 1986
"75 YEARS OF QUEST PAPERS"
By Ernest E. Williams
Over some two decades of attending sessions of this cultural marching
society, I have developed certain survival tactics which, I must say, our
current leader has put to severe tests.
For instance, the charming disarray of his programs has kept me from
picking and choosing papers I felt would be of particular interest and
eschewing the company of the brethren on those rare occasions I felt my
attention might wander, because I was never sure what was going to be served
up. As a result, I probably have my best attendance record in some time.
And, after giving the Chamber a chance the first outing or two to prove
it seriously intended to improve the quality of the cuisine, I joined the
growing group of non-eaters, but with a small difference. Prior to today, I
tried to time my arrival between the prayer and the introduction of the
speaker. It was my hope our leader would realize brevity is not only the soul
of wit but also much appreciated by his maker. Alas, the realization never
dawned. The introductions, however, got better and better.
But I must give credit where credit is due. Had it not been for the
"charming disarray" of our programs, I would probably have skipped Barrie
Tremper's paper where he asked what turned out to be an unexpectedly stirring
question: "Streamline County Government?" Not because I don't admire Mr.
Tremper's deceptively quiet, casual style, but rather because—having been
Members of the Quest Club authorize the Allen County Public Library to digitize and publish past, present and future Quest Club papers for dissemination on the Allen County Public Library website (Board of Directors of Quest Club, Inc., Resolution of May 2010).