Ah, spring... when a young Game Control's fancy turns to thoughts of making pre-clues.
Here's the text of the invitation letter I retrieved from my PO box today. The envelope was postmarked 23 Mar 2005:
[GRIFFITHS COLLECTION letterhead]A preliminary examination reveals nothing special about or hidden in the physical material-- paper, envelope, ink, etc. Full page scans coming soon.
March 21, 2005
It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the Griffiths Collection will be hosting a unique and exciting new exhibition starting Sunday, July 10. Made possible through a bequest from our dear friend and longtime supporter Cecily Madsen, we're thrilled to be hosting the first-ever showing of the mysterious McGuffin Diamond and its companion, the fascinating McGuffin Journal.
These curious rarities have been held in private hands since the time of Francis McGuffin himself, and the Griffiths is honored to be the first institution to present this special public exhibition.
It is events like this that highlight the Collection's growing prominence and underscore the need for a permanent facility. As I'm sure you're aware, the Griffiths Collection is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds for our first building, to be located in San Francisco. This space will allow us to bring many of the Collection's beautiful and historically significant items out of storage and put them on permanent display, as well as host a variety of cultural and educational programs. We're on track to break ground in October, but we can still use your support!
We will be hosting a special pre-exhibition brunch on Saturday, July 9 as a special thank-you to our generous donors. Space for this event will be extremely limited, but those attending will be the very first to see the fabulous McGuffin Diamond and Journal! Please visit our website at griffithscollection.org for more information on this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Bernard N. Ader