I was amused by the below, found in an article published in The Art Quarterly vol. 19 (Autumn 1956) on Detroit's St. Jerome in His Study attributed to Jan Van Eyck. As an explanation as to why the theory of W. R. Valentiner that the painting was started by Van Eyck and finished by Petrus Christus did not receive wide acceptance, the author offers this explanation:
Dr. Valentiner's lecture was given as the third after-dinner talk at the meeting of the College Art Association in New York in 1932, in the usual clatter and confusion that follows a hotel banquet.
That's exactly how conferences always work for me! Any remaining readers are invited to share their own stories of how their vital contributions to field were lost amid the port and cigars. In the meantime, cue the Duke and Johnny Hodges: