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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 11:44:20 -0800
Subject: [Puptcrit] Bob Baker Foreclosure

I'm not sure if this has been posted yet on this list ...

>Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 16:51:00 -0800
>From: Lois Harmeyer <>
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>To: undisclosed-recipients:;
>Subject: Puppets Victim of Fraud!! Bob Baker Foreclosure
>November 15, 2008
>Legendary Puppeteer Bob Baker Seeks Donations To Save Theater From
>WHAT: Emergency Campaign to generate funds to save The Bob Baker
>Marionette Theater from Foreclosure
>WHERE: <>
>DEADLINE: $29,000 needed by December 3 or Bob Baker's theater and home
>will be sold
>LOS ANGELES- For more that sixty years, puppeteer Bob Baker has brought
>delight and amazement to children of all ages with his innovative
>marionette performances. Through shows at his Bob Baker Marionette
>Theater, located just west of downtown LA, and his huge list of film and
>TV credits, he has entertained millions of people. Today Bob Baker's
>puppet theater continues to operate on a daily basis with a crew of
>young puppeteers trained by the master.
>But unless you help, this magical theater will disappear in a matter of
>weeks. Bob Baker, a proud man and a humble artisan, has no choice but to
>reach out to his public for a lifeline.
>Two years ago, Bob Baker was the victim in an elaborate mortgage fraud
>operation bent on stealing his theater and home.  This outrageous
>mortgage, written under threatening and deliberately misleading
>conditions, has left him owing ever increasing payments that are beyond
>his ability to pay.
>This week the situation has reached crisis point, and Bob quietly
>reached out for help. Many talented people have responded to his call. A
>plan for improving the theater's financial prospects is being formulated
>by the Valley Economic Development Center and many of Bob's friends and
>fans are working behind the scenes to protect Bob and his theater and
>home from the sharks. The theater has enormous potential, Bob wants
>everyone to know that he is not going out of business.
>But time is of the essence, and right now, Bob Baker needs your
>donations if he is going to be able to keep up with his mortgage
>payments long enough to get the loans modified. As of today, Bob needs
>$23,000 for past due mortgage payments on the theater, and $6,000 for
>past due mortgage payments on his home. The deadline for payment in
>December 3, or the buildings will be sold and Bob and his thousands of
>puppets will be homeless.
>If you have been entertained by Bob Baker's Marionettes, if you love the
>spirit of old Hollywood creativity that he embodies, if you want to
>reach out and help someone wonderful who has been terribly wounded by
>the mortgage crisis and outright fraud, please open your heart and give
>to Bob Baker at this difficult time. The children of Los Angeles are not
>ready to be without this great entertainer, who has many more years of
>magic before him.
>Tax deductible donations can be made to "The Academy of Puppetry and
>Allied Arts." Send your check to 1345 West First Street, Los Angeles,
>CA 90026 or call 213-250-9995 to make a donation by credit card.
>Puppeteer Bob Baker is available for interviews. Contact Richard at
>or call 213-250-9995.
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