On the 30th anniversary of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216, Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske moderates a panel discussion about the events of that tragic day and the weeks and months that followed.
The discussion takes place on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., and is being held in conjunction with the release of a new book – A Dance, Then Disaster: The Hyatt Tragedy and Lessons Learned.
A joint effort of the Kansas City Star and the Skywalk Memorial Foundation, the book explores the structural failure, the rescue efforts, and the many lessons learned—from improved first-responder techniques to revised architectural and engineering standards.
The panel includes Rick Alm, former Kansas City Star reporter and one of the lead reporters on the story 30 years ago; John Sullivan, a Texas attorney and memorial foundation board member who lost his mother in the tragedy; Brent Wright, a Kansas City attorney who lost his mother and step-father and who helps lead the memorial effort; Bill Quatman, an attorney/architect and general counsel at Burns & McDonnell; and Vince Ortega, the first police officer on the scene after the collapse and a memorial foundation board member.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.