>Date: Mon, 11 Mar 1996 07:36:06 -0500
>Subject: Museum of Bad Art 3/10/96
> MOBA News 3/10/96 - SPECIAL EDITION
>ART THEFT AT MUSEUM OF BAD ART - On Saturday night (March 9) the Museum Of
>Bad Art held a special event at the museum's original basement gallery at
>MOBA world headquarters in Boston, MA. The event was a well deserved
>invitation-only celebration for the cast and crew of the MOBA CD-ROM. As
>part of the exhibition, six of the museum's most famous pieces were hung on
>the outside of the building and illuminated with spotlights.
>At 1:30 AM, Mr. Wilson, our esteemed curator, left to go home and discovered
>that the painting "Eileen" had been removed from the exterior of the
>premises. All of the other paintings were left unharmed. Pandemonium
>broke out as word of the theft spread through the gathered Friends of MOBA.
>On Sunday morning the office staff questioned all of the attendees by
>telephone to determine if anyone had any evidence about the theft. The
>only additional information was that two Friends Of MOBA last saw the
>painting hanging undisturbed at approximately 11:30 PM.
>On Sunday afternoon the museum filed a report with Boston Police's District
>5 station and held a late afternoon press conference to enlist the help of
>the Boston media. Boston's TV-4 and TV-7 news crews came to the MOBA
>offices to record a statement for the 11PM newscasts.
>Jerry Reilly, MOBA's Executive Director told the newscrews:
>"The theft of this landmark painting is a devastating loss for the
>institution. 'Eileen' was the second acquisition in the MOBA collection.
>In a very real way, 'Eileen' provided the inspiration for the building of
>this museum. Since MOBA's founding in 1993, 'Eileen' has been one of the
>most beloved pieces of the museum going public. She has served proudly as
>an icon for the museum since its inception - adorning the museum's catalog
>covers, T shirts, and refrigerator magnets.
>This heinous crime, this outrageous theft of one of Boston's cultural
>treasures has shaken this institution to its very core. On behalf of the
>Museum Of Bad Art, on behalf of the citizens of Boston I beg those
>responsible to return 'Eileen' to her rightful home. 'Eileen' means more to
>us than you can ever imagine - please, please send her home."
>Mr. Wilson, the museum's esteemed curator, has offered a $6.50 reward for
>any information leading to the safe return of Eileen to the MOBA walls.
>This generous reward was announced on Sunday night's newscasts. Longtime
>Friend Of MOBA David Robertson has offered to match the curator's reward
>penny for penny.
>Monday morning's Boston Globe will publish a plea from the museum for the
>safe return of "Eileen" along with a reproduction of the painting. We can
>only hope that through the help of the Friends of MOBA, Boston media and the
>people of this city we can somehow restore this priceless treasure to its
>We ask the Friends Of MOBA worldwide to bow their heads in a silent prayer,
>to whoever their god may be, for the safe and prompt return of "Eileen".