WASHINGTON, DC – Horace Mann High School Student Mimi Flicop was outraged to learn that the management of Bali’s Clothier today destroyed her latest painting entitled "The Big Dipper." The mural, which covered the ceiling of the men’s room at the trendy uptown store, was denounced by management as "obscene," when discovered last night, and it was immediately covered with several coats of paint.
The prolific high school student, known for her uncommissioned office building murals of nudes entwined, told reporters that The Big Dipper was one of her greatest works. "I was proud of that painting," she said. "It took me nearly two weeks in space studying the constellation before I could even start it."
School superintendent Phyllis Jaffe, dressed handsomely in military surplus, told reporters outside La Cage Aux Folles Night Club that she was quite excited to learn about Mimi’s remarkable space odyssey, after smoking her favorite herbal cigarette. "I think it’s time the government starts encouraging teenage smoking," she said. "As Mimi proved, this could be an excellent way to get our students interested in astronomy again."
Mimi Flicop and Phyllis Jaffe are fictitious characters in Joe David’s outrageously funny book and play, Teacher of the Year. Reviewers have referred to the book as “unique fun, startling” (Jennifer Stephens, WXCD-FM); “a good read” (Bob Madigan, WTOP-Washington); “a madcap, often twistedly comic satire” (Sam Weller, New City Newspaper, Chicago); and “wonderfully humorous...with serious messages about teaching and education” (Mike Bowler, Baltimore Sun).