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About this website

This site is devoted to The Wizard of Oz and its resulting sequels and spin-offs, and is meant for informational and educational purposes only. It is a personal site, not a commercial site. It is solely the work of Eric Gjovaag, who is responsible for its contents. All questions regarding this site should be addressed to him. No, I am not looking for a sponsor, nor do I wish to have advertisements cluttering up this site.

Why do I have this website?

It's kind of amusing, actually, how circumstance has brought this about so that you can enjoy reading it now. Anyone who knows me for more than about five minutes soon finds out that I am a Wizard of Oz fan. I've been reading and collecting Oz books for nearly forty years now (and I'm not even fifty yet), and it's always had a warm place in my heart. I also have one of those annoying brains that can absorb all kinds of trivia and other useless information and spit it out almost at will (and yes, I should get on Jeopardy! or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, where I think my brain will help me out quite a bit). So I've always had a good grasp of Ozian knowledge. When I got wired up to the Information Superhighway in the early '90s, I quickly carved out a niche as an online Oz expert — not by design, just by accident. And do you know how many times I've had to answer some of the same questions over and over again? Especially the one about the hanging man in The Movie? I also saw a few other Oz fans try their hands at Oz FAQs, and to me, they fell short, mainly assuming that the reader already was familiar with a lot about Oz in the first place. So late in 1995, I decided to write my own comprehensive Wizard of Oz FAQ. Once I was finished, I needed a way to get the information out there so people could read it. By this time my wife had already started her awesome Aquaman website, so it seemed only natural for me to start up a website as well. After thinking about a Doctor Who page (I'm a fan of that show as well) and deciding there were enough of those already, I decided to make mine an exclusively Wizard of Oz site, as my wife's general page was enough for gossip and stuff about both of us, and I had been less than impressed with the few Wizard of Oz sites I'd seen up to that time. So, this site debuted early in 1996, primarily as a way to present my FAQ. Over the years, however, I've thought of other areas to add, and it has evolved into the website you are wandering around in right now — and I hope more changes will be coming in the future. (If you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see on this website, feel free to e-mail me.)

Who Is Eric Gjovaag?

In case you were wondering, Eric Gjovaag was born in 1966 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He lived for a short time with his parents and younger sister in Seattle before everyone moved to Wenatchee, then the family settled on Bainbridge Island, just west of Seattle via ferry. He graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1984 with honors, and while there he was involved in theater, the school paper, the cross-country and track teams, and the math club. He also did his first work on a computer there, an old clunky TRS-80 Model 1. After taking a year off to work, he went to Western Washington University, where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. He is currently working as a teacher in eastern Washington, among the cows and grapes, and nearing completion of his Master's degree from City University. He has been married to the former Laura Jean Dunham since 1994, after they met over the Internet. In addition to The Wizard of Oz, his interests include the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who and reading (which he doesn't have enough time to do anymore). Among his Ozzy accomplishments are several articles and reviews published in The Baum Bugle, The Oz Observer, and The Oz Gazette, being a Contributing Editor to Oziana and The Baum Bugle, attending every single Winkie Convention since 1980, being involved with the Oogaboo Rendezvous since they began in 1978 (including hosting more events than anyone), chairing the 1993 Winkie Convention, earning the 1997 Winkie Award, winning several quizzes and awards for fiction, non-fiction, and art at Club conventions, co-authoring the novel Queen Ann in Oz with fellow Northwest Oz fan Karyl Carlson, winning the 2013 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from the International Wizard of Oz Club — as well as putting up this award-winning website.

The legal stuff

Look out for this guy...

Image from The Hidden Valley of Oz, © 1951 The Reilly and Lee Co. and Rachel R. Cosgrove.

This website, its contents, and the code used to produce them are copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 by Eric Gjovaag, unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved. Dreamhost is my service provider, and has no responsibility or jurisdiction whatsoever over this site except for the terms of our service agreement, nor do I speak for or represent Dreamhost in any manner. No material from this website for which Eric Gjovaag holds the copyright may be reproduced, in whole or in part, by electronic, mechanical, or other means, without permission of Eric Gjovaag, with the exception of cache files on your own, individual machine for ease in using and enjoying this site.

This website is solely the work and responsibility of Eric Gjovaag. It does not purport to represent or be affiliated with any holders of Ozian copyrights or trademarks, including (but not limited to) the Baum Trust, the Ruth Plumly Thompson estate, the John R. Neill Estate, the Jack Snow estate, the Rachel Cosgrove Payes estate, the Eloise Jarvis McGraw estate and Innana McGraw, Time Warner (current owners of The Movie), Ozma, Inc. and Books of Wonder, McGraw-Hill (successors to Reilly and Lee), and the International Wizard of Oz Club.

Many — but not all — of the graphics on this site, unless otherwise indicated, are from works that are no longer under copyright, and thus in the public domain. All attempts have been made to keep the use of copyrighted works within fair use parameters, and all known copyright holders are acknowledged. All rights reserved by the individual copyright holders. Should these copyright holders ask that these graphics be removed, they will be removed at the earliest opportunity.

Permission is granted to all web site coordinators to link their sites to mine if they choose, provided there is a link to my main page (at http://thewizardofoz.info) — although additional links to other pages on this site are also acceptable — and that I am informed of such links so that I may check the pages and links out myself, and that I am given the right to provide a return link. The right to rescind this permission and deny sites to link to this one is reserved. Links to this site will not necessarily be reciprocated; the right of this site to choose which sites it will link to is reserved, so please do not demand a link exchange. If your site is good and Ozzy, never fear, there will be a link to it. All such links will be through my links page (http://thewizardofoz.info/wiki/Oz_links). For more details on linking to my website, see the information at the bottom of the links page.

E-mail sent to the site maintainer or anyone else with a mail link from this site which solicits funds or for other commercial purposes will be subject to an acceptable use fee of up to US$500 per message, and will be reported to the sender's postmaster. This site is located in, and the maintainer is a resident of, the State of Washington, and thus the laws of that state pertaining to unsolicited commercial e-mail will be enforcible. Messages of an illegal, threatening, or obscene nature will be forwarded to the writer's service provider and reported to the proper legal enforcement authorities.

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