The Doof Museum of Culture and History - established 2005
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Mike B. was born in the Bay Area sometime in the 1960’s and was raised in a single parent environment. Mike went to art school and was studying graphic design when he go interested in selling advertisment for magazines. Mike moved to New York with his college sweetheart and landed a sales job in the magazine industry. Mike became a successful executive and he his office was at the top of a building on Madision Ave. Mike then married his college sweetheart. Life was riley for Mike B. Then things went a little sour. His wife divorced him. He lost his job to a youth movement at work. Mike B. nearly had a nervous breakdown. To cheer him up, a friend sent him a picture of a Doof, and miraculously he became obsessed with it. He found something he could embrace with gusto. He started collecting Doofs and learned it’s history along the way. He made contact with other Doof collectors and bought Doof art from Doof artists. He collected artwork, literature and memorabilia and before long he was the only person in Manhattan to own such a collection.
His obsession with the collection grew to out of proportion and it took over everything else in his life that soon he found himself out of a job, living alone in a small apartment that was crammed with over 4000 items from his Doof collection. Things were piled everywhere and Mike had to weave his way through things to cook or shower or watch TV.
Mike decided to moved back west and He settled in Morrow Bay California. Mike went west because of a life long fear of water that challenged Mike to live near the ocean. He rented a small building in town and opened Mike’s doof shop, where he sold parts of his collection as well as the wares of local Doof artisans.
Mike's Doof Shop became an underground haunt of L.A. punk musicians, skate- boarders and transients and Mike was constantly calling the police to get them away from the shop. The place finally closed in 1989 and Mike took an old Dodge van and installed as much of his collection in to it and dubbed it the "Doofmobile", a museum on wheels. He traveled for years across the country bringing the Doof to America until he became obsessed with becoming a pilot and sold his entire collection to buy a flight simulator.