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(For more Oz news, check out [http://ozmapolitan.spaces.msn.com/PersonalSpace.aspx The Daily Ozmopolitan]. For the latest Oz not-quite-news, see the Rumor Control section of this page.)
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(For more Oz news, check out [http://ozmapolitan.spaces.msn.com/PersonalSpace.aspx The Daily Ozmopolitan]. For the latest Oz not-quite-news, see the [[#Rumor Control|Rumor Control]] section of this page.)
 
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'''May 17, 2012'''
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==February 9, 2020: ''Judy'' and the 2019 Movie Awards Season==
<br><img src="pics/bbspring12.jpg" width="234" height="300" align="left" alt="The Baum Bugle, Spring 2012" />'Tis spring, and in years past, that would have meant that the previous year's Autumn issue of ''The Baum Bugle'' was due. But now that the International Wizard of Oz Club's journal has actually managed to stick to its own timetable, Club members should be finding the Spring 2012 issue arriving in their mailboxes any day now. (If you're not a member for 2012, it's not too late to [http://shop.ozclub.org/category.sc;jsessionid=76688A88A1E8564A683CB8E847A850CD.qscstrfrnt03?categoryId=8 join or renew], and your membership will include this issue.)
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Renée Zellweger was presented with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role tonight for her performance as Judy Garland in the later years of her life. This culminates the 2019-20 movie award season, which saw Zellweger give early notice that she would be a factor, as she also won the following awards:
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* Hollywood Actress Award at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards.
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* Best Actress at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards.
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* Best Lead Actress at the 2019 Atlanta Film Critics Circle.
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* Best Actress at the 2019 Phoenix Film Critics Society.
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* Best Actress at the 2020 Houston Film Critics Society.
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* The Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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* Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
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* Best Actress from the National Board of Review.
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* Best Actress from the 2020 AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards.
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* Best Actress from the 2020 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
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* The American Riviera Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
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* Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award.
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* Actress of the Year from the 2020 London Film Critics Circle.
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* Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs).
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* Best Female Lead at the 2020 Independent Film Awards.
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Zellweger was also a runner-up for Best Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society.
  
*The cover features Professor Nowitall, as illustrated by Pedro Moran, for the forthcoming [http://www.orionsbell.com/ Card Game of Oz].
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Renée Zellweger wasn't the only award presented to ''Judy'' or one of its contributors:
*In "From the Editor", Scott Cummings discusses some topics that the ''Bugle'' hasn't explored, and encourages members to do so.
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* Jeremy Woodhead won Make Up and Hair Design from the British Independent Film Awards. (Woodhead was also nominated for the Oscar in the same category, but lost to ''Bombshell''.)
*Club President Carrie Hedges talks about the Club's special premium memberships, and their rewards, for 2012.
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* The film was one of the top ten independent films named by the National Board of Review.
*In "Oz and Ends":
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**[http://thetoyshoppe.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=Oz+Mark+Dennis&x=18&y=12 New Oz dolls by Mark Dennis].
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**[http://www.philosophersguild.com/Oz-Passport-Notebook.html An Oz Passport notebook].
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**The new Oz-themed [http://newhollandbrew.com/blog/beer-news/four-witches-black-saison/ Four Witches Brew] beer from the [http://newhollandbrew.com/ New Holland Brewing Company] in Holland, Michigan.
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**New audiobooks of [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007IEHNMO/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' read by Anne Hathaway], and the forthcoming (and long awaited) Colonial Radio Theater adaptations of [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1469208601/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Emerald City of Oz''] and ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz''.
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**[http://www.moondreamartstudio.com/tin-man-sculpture.html Moon Dream Art Studio's Tin Man sculpture] (to go along with their previously released [http://www.moondreamartstudio.com/oz-scarecrow-sculpture.html Scarecrow sculpture]).
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**New Oz-themed cards: [http://www.looneylabs.com/games/oz-fluxx Oz Fluxx], [http://www.orionsbell.com/ The Card Game of Oz], and [http://www.betweenthecovers.com/btc/item/69391 Classic Book Cards].
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**[http://www.facebook.com/Dorothyandthewitchesofoz ''Dorothy and the Witches of Oz''] and its [http://dorothyandthewitchesofoz.ning.com/ theatrical release].
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**[http://disney.go.com/movies/new-upcoming ''Oz, the Great and Powerful''], coming from Disney next spring.
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**The world premiere of the ballet ''Oz&mdash; The Wonderful Wizard'' in Berlin, combining elements of both Oz and Volkov's Magic Land.
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**A currently-in-production computer animated adaptation of [http://www.elibucho.blogspot.com/p/urfin-jus.html ''Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers''].
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**[http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2011/07/11/ill-get-you-my-pretty-and-your-little-copyright-too/id=18053/ The current legal wrangling between Warner Bros. and Disney] about ''The Wizard of Oz'' and copyright.
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**The forthcoming new stage play [http://wwozanewmusical.webs.com/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical''], based closely on the book and incorporating elements of the original 1902 stage adaptation.
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**The all-Oz online [http://www.live365.com/stations/hungrytigerpress Emerald City Radio].
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**A gallery of [http://www.thefoxisblack.com/2012/01/17/re-covered-books-the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-by-l-frank-baum/ new covers for] [http://www.thefoxisblack.com/2012/02/16/re-covered-books-the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-the-runners-up/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''] (please note that there are two different links there).
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**The "Visionaries" series of plays at the Nakano Theatre in Torrance, California, presents [http://www.torrancelive.us/index_files/Page1125.htm a one-man show on the life and works of L. Frank Baum] (coming June 27).
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**[http://www.aberdeen.sd.us/index.aspx?NID=284 The Land of Oz Park in Aberdeen, South Dakota] will soon be the home of a Tin Man slide.
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**[http://kansas.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/kansascity/ LEGOLAND Discovery Park] in Kansas City has an Oz-themed Miniland.
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**An Oz-themed playhouse used to raise money for homeless Californians in 2011.
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**Oz shoes in the news include the pair bought for two million dollars ad donated to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their anticipated [http://www.oscars.org/academy/moviemuseum/index.html museum]; the Smithsonian removing and repairing their pair in anticipation of the opening of [http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibition.cfm?key=38&exkey=1795 "American Stories" at the National Museum of American History]; and artist [http://www.mannycastro.com/ Manny Castro] hanging "ruby slipper" stilettos over power lines in Miami Beach as a holiday gift in December 2011.
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*Angelica Carpenter looks at how the popular [http://www.renlearn.com/ar/ Accelerated Reader] education program handles Oz in (naturally) "Acclerated Reader in Oz".
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*"Yellow Brick Philosophy" by Ellen Handler Spitz (reprinted from [http://www.tnr.com/book/review/baum-wizard-oz-movie ''The New Republic'']) digs under the surface of the story of ''The Wizard of Oz'', as first told in the original book, and finds hidden depths.
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*The ''Bugle'' announces the search for a new Editor-in-Chief.
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*Peter E. Hanff looks at the Ozzy theme of the 1930 Burbank (California) High School yearbook in "Greetings from Oz".
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*In "The Borrowing Artist of Ix", Dennis Anfuso and Alan Lindsay reveal that Henry L. Miller, an early twentieth century children's book illustrator, probably copied some of Frederick Richardson's illustrations from ''Queen Zixi of Ix''.
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*"Ignotum per Ignotius" by Patrick Maund asks some of those imponderable questions about the famous 1939 movie version of ''The Wizard of Oz'' that one only notices after watching it many, many times with a small child.
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*Blair Frodelius talks to the writer of the ''Wicked'' books in "American Fairy Tales: A Conversation with Gregory Maguire".
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*"Adventures in Oz" has [http://feliciaricci.com/ Felicia Ricci] recall her first experience as Eden Espinosa's understudy as Elphaba in ''Wicked'' in "It's Not That Easy Being Green".
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*Greg Hunter tells the tale of "The Discovery of 'John'", a previously unknown short story by L. Frank Baum; Michael Patrick Hearn writes an introduction; and, finally, "John" by L. Frank Baum, first published in 1898.
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*Resting on "The Oz Bookshelf":
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0762437715/thewonderwizardo/ ''Judy: A Legendary Film Career'' by John Fricke], his latest book on Judy Garland, reviewed by Mark Griffin.
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==November 27, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 2019==
*[http://www.bccbooks.org/pubs.htm ''Cyclone on the Prairies: ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' and Arts & Crafts of Publishing in Chicago, 1900''by Peter E. Hanff, and ''A Bookbinder's Analysis of the First Edition of'' The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Michael O. Riley], reviewed by Cindy Ragni.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060548940/thewonderwizardo/ ''Out of Oz'' by Gregory Maguire], the finale of his "Wicked Years" series, reviewed by Stephen J. Teller.
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The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now in the mail and finding its way to members. This issue celebrates the legacy of L. Frank Baum and his creation in the centennial year of his crossing the shifting sands.
*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/146286368X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adolph Hitler in Oz'' by Sam Sackett], reviewed by J. L. Bell.
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*A new edition of [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0615412246/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz'', illustrated by Thea Kliros] and reviewed by Eric Shanower.
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*[http://sites.google.com/site/cowardlylionsite/lionlist/bucketheads ''Bucketheads in Oz'' by Greg Gick, Melody Grandy, Greg Hunter, Phyllis Ann Karr, Chuck Sabatos, Deen Shumate, Jim Vander Noot, and Chris Dulabone], reviewed by Mari Ness.
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*Richard R. Rutter reviews two new Italian editions of ''The Wizard of Oz'': [http://www.amazon.it/Il-meraviglioso-Mago-Oz-Classici/dp/8804565454/ ''Il meraviglioso Mago di Oz''], a novel illustrated by Giuliano Lunelli; and [http://www.amazon.it/mago-Oz-Libro-pop-up-Melodie/dp/8847444047/ ''Il Mago di Oz''], a pop-up adaptation with sound.
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*"Oz Behind the Footlights" reviews [http://www.secrettheatre.com/home.html ''A Mermaid's Tale''], a new dramatization of L. Frank Baum's ''The Sea Fairies''.
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In this issue:
*"In Memoriam" sees Peter E. Hanff remembering longtime Oz researcher Patrick Maund.
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* The wraparound cover by Mark Manley shows L. Frank Baum meeting with many of the characters he created in the Emerald City. The inside covers show some of Manley's preliminary sketches and the development of the final artwork.
*"Ozmusements" has "Professor Wogglebug's Pop Quiz: Pills in Oz".
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* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright outlining how Ozzy her summer was, while ''Baum Bugle'' editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer looks at the process of putting this issue together.
*And the back cover shows an Oz-themed hide-and-seek poster, created by Ed Gazsi in the 1980s (the answers are inside the issue).
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* "Awards and Honors" tells the world that Bill Beem won the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award for 2019, written up by Peter E. Hanff and Bill Thompson.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The original set parts for "Over the Rainbow" were found in the collection of Angela White, the daughter of Dave Rose, Judy Garland's first husband (not her third husband, as the ''Bugle'' reports). It was performed in public for the first time on September 14, 2019.
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** A black-and-white dress, worn onscreen by Bobby Koshay as she doubled for Judy Garland in ''The Wizard of Oz'', two Munchkin jackets, an Emerald City townsfolk jacket, and an Emerald City soldier's musket all went up for auction at [https://profilesinhistory.com/auctions/the-icons-legends-of-hollywood-auction/ Profiles in History]. Meanwhile, Ray Bolger's Tony Award for Charley's Aunt was auctioned off in August.
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** The successful Kickstarter campaign to issue [https://cloverpress.us/collections/all/oz#MainContent a new edition of ''The Royal Book of Oz''], plus [http://www.seawolfpress.com/ Sea Wolf Press's] "100th Anniversary Collection" of all fourteen Oz novels by L. Frank Baum.
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** The forthcoming ''Wizard of Oz'' escape room at [https://www.stlouisescape.com/escape-room-games-in-st-louis-missouri.html St. Louis Escape Rooms] in St. Louis, Missouri.
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** A correction to last issue's review of ''Oz Behind the Iron Curtain'', giving the correct date for an early edition of ''Волшебник Изумрудного Города''.
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** To celebrate The Movie's eightieth anniversary, Google added some interactivity to [https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&source=hp&ei=p7b6XbfTA4bb-gSAkbyYDg&q=the+wizard+of+oz&oq=the+wizard+of+oz&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l10.1512.5325..5556...0.0..0.197.1707.10j6......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i131.A_51fXVA2hg&ved=0ahUKEwj3wrqsrcDmAhWGrZ4KHYAID-MQ4dUDCAg&uact=5 its search results for ''The Wizard of Oz''] (click on the Ruby Slippers in the upper right hand corner to see for yourself).
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** The National Endowment for the Arts gives a grant to [https://www.eastman.org/ The George Eastman Museum] to help preserve its movie holdings, which include the only known copy of the 1910 film version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', as well as the original negative of the famous 1939 movie version.
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** The Dublin Zoo in Ireland has a classic children's literature theme to their annual [https://www.dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/ "Wild Lights"] holiday attraction. Among the stories profiled is ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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** This year's New York State Fair had a sand sculpture celebrating the eightieth anniversary of The Movie. Not to be outdone, the Kansas State Fair this year featured butter sculptures of Dorothy and other Oz characters.
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" notes the passing of artist Charles Santore.
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** "Through the Tube" features the following YouTube videos:
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*** [https://youtu.be/CmMN9bNwyDQ Peter Harrington Rare Books looks at the first edition of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''].
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*** [https://youtu.be/uOWJDjmt4GU "The Traveller and the Pie" from the 1903 stage version of ''The Wizard of Oz''], as presented by the Canton Comic Opera Company.
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*** [https://youtu.be/jr7WbWgr3c0 A History of the Hotel del Coronado] in California, where L. Frank Baum wrote several of his books in the earliest years of the twentieth century.
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* As a tribute to the late Fred M. Meyer, the Club's longtime Secretary, the ''Bugle'' published a previously unpublished item found in Meyer's files, "What Might L. Frank Baum Have Written Next?"
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* What may be a fragment of an unfinished Oz story by L. Frank Baum, previously published in the ''Bugle'' in 1965, is reprinted as "An Oz Story", with a new illustration by Mark Manley.
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* Gita Dorothy Morena, L. Frank Baum's great-granddaughter, and daughter of Ozma Baum Mentele, writes about her experiences with Oz and her family in "Living Inside the Oz Legacy".
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* Mark Manley writes about his artistic journey in "Drawn to Oz".
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* "The First Oz Fan Fiction" presents just that—at least the first published one—written by ten-year-old Henry Kutz and nine-year-old Max Stolz, from the June 5, 1909 edition of the ''Syracuse Post-Standard''.
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* "'Written Solely to Please Children': Is Oz Still a Story for Kids?" by Dina Schiff Massachi looks at the audience(s) of the many different interpretations of Oz in mass media over the decades.
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* Jane Albright takes a visit to "The Oz Museum: A World of Its Own in Wamego, Kansas", and catalogs other Oz and Oz-related museums around the United States.
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* Albright also initiates a new column, "Guaranteed for a Thousand Years" with "The Empty Case for Oz", looking at how Oz fans can show off some of their collection in a local museum or library exhibit space. (Further contributions come from David C. Diket and Sarah K. Crotzer.)
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* In "The Great Book of Records", Scott Cummings looks at contemporary accounts of the passing of the Royal Historian of Oz in "'The Maker of Fairies Is Dead': America Responds to the Death of L. Frank Baum".
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* Presented in "Oz in the Arts":
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** The recent movie [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07YMHC328/thewonderwizardo/ ''Judy''], reviewed by Garrett Kilgore.
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** ''The Wiz'', put on in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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* Books written up in "The Bugle Review":
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** The French art album [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/2749148081/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz'', illustrated by Stéphane Levallois], reviewed by David Maxine.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190639040/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow'' by Holly van Leuven], reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0359223508/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Ruby Slippers of Oz: Thirty Years Later'' by Rhys Thomas, reviewed by Bill Campbell.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451480171/thewonderwizardo/ ''Sea Sirens: A Trot and Cap'n Bill Adventure'' by Amy Chu, illustrated by Janet K. Lee], reviewed by Eric Shanower.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/173371510X/thewonderwizardo/ ''How the Wizard Came to Oz, Volume 1'' by Donald Abbott], reviewed by Atticus Gannaway.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/47176AA8-31E6-4E18-8366-D0F397DF4ED3 The 100 Anniversary Oz Collection], reprints of the first editions of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz books, reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0143132431/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Women's Suffrage Movement'', edited by Sally Roesch Wagner] and reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594633436/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Swan Gondola'' by Timothy Schaffert], reviewed by Dee Michel.
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* In "Adventures in Oz", Raymond Francis Wohl recounts his discovery of Oz and how he turned it into a one man show about L. Frank Baum in "The Stories Behind the Stories".
  
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Also included with this issue are:
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* Autumn Issue #5 of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans. In this issue:
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** News of a missing Munchkin named Kiki Aru.
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** An editorial by editor Dorothy Gale.
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** The second part of the story of "How L. Frank Baum Became the Royal Historian of Oz".
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** The Scarecrow writes about how important illustrations can be to a story.
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** The "Ask Glinda" column covers a little bit of the history of the Nome King.
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** And the Glass Cat produces her first society column (even typed by herself).
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* Plus, the second part of the Emerald City toy theatre, showing the background (and a little bit of what's happening behind the scenes).
  
'''<u>February 22, 2012</u>'''
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<br><img src="pics/Patrick%20Maund.jpg" width="377" height="500" align="right" alt="Patrick Maund" />Patrick Maund, one of the premier Oz scholars and researchers of the last three decades, passed away today in his hometown of San Francisco after a brief illness. He was fifty-six years old. He was a regular attendee for many years at the Winkie Convention, and also made frequent appearances at the Ozmopolitan and Munchkin Conventions as well. He spearheaded new research into Oz and Baum bibliography, contributed to ''The Baum Bugle'', and served the International Wizard of Oz Club as director, treasurer, and auctioneer. He was also instrumental in setting up the Club's headquarters in the San Francisco Bay area. For his contributions to Oz and the Club, he was awarded the 1996 Winkie Award, and the 2004 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award. Patrick is survived by his wife, Rita; their three children, Veronica, Catherine, and Christopher; his brother, Peter; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: The Maund Children Donation Fund c/o St. Brendan School 940 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94127.
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(Information courtesy Peter Hanff, [http://ozclub.org/Munchkin_Country_-_2004.html The International Wizard of Oz Club], and [http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=patrick-maund&pid=156092274 SFGate/the ''San Francisco Chronicle'']. Photo courtesy Jane Albright.)
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==November 17, 2019: ''Oziana'' 2019==
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[[File:Oziana_2019.jpeg|right]]The 2019 issue of ''Oziana'', the annual literary journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now available for anyone to buy, whether they are Club members or not. It is available at [http://www.lulu.com/shop/marcus-mebes/oziana-2019/paperback/product-24323515.html this link to Lulu.com].
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'''<u>January 24, 2012</u>'''
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In this issue:
<br><img src="pics/Williamson%20Nome%20King.jpg" width="400" height="217" align="right" alt="Nicol Williamson as the Nome King in "return to oz" (1985)" />Nicol Williamson, the acclaimed Scottish actor who was probably best known for playing Merlin in ''Excalibur'', passed away last month in Holland of esophigal cancer. He was seventy-five. Born September 14, 1936 in Glasgow, he quickly found a place in acting and made his London stage debut in 1961. He made his name in ''Inadmissible Evidence'' in 1964 (a part he reprised in the 1968 movie adaptation) and as Hamlet in the 1970s, both of which he played in both the West End and Broadway. He did not enjoy making movies, but used the salary to finance his stage career. Among the movies he appeared in were the 1969 version of ''Hamlet'', ''Robin and Marian'' (as Little John), ''The Seven-Per-Cent Solution'' (as Sherlock Holmes), ''The Exorcist III'', and ''Spawn'', which turned out to be his final film. He is best known to Oz fans, however, as the dual character of Dr. Worley and the Nome King in the 1985 Disney film ''Return to Oz''. In later years, he abandoned acting in favor of music, and eventually settled in Holland. He passed away on December 16, 2011, and made it clear that he did not want a fuss to be made over him. He is survived by a son, Luke.
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* The front cover by David Valentin is entitled "Friends and Family".
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* In "An Odd Transformation" by Sara Philips, with illustrations by Lyan Tjally, some of Oz's more unusual but noteworthy citizens are transformed in an unexpected way. (Tjally also provides a full-color illustration for this story on the back cover.)
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* "Bitsy, the Patchwork Cat of Oz" by Jane Albright, with illustrations by Steve Smith, relates the adventures of Oz's newest animal citizen, accidentally created from some of Scraps' patches.
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* "The Epiphany of Miss Gulch" by Paul Dana, with illustrations by [https://blackdaisies.com/ Mela Pagayonan], looks at what happened to Miss Gulch after Toto escaped from her basket.
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* "The End of the Road" is a poem by E. J. Hagadorn.
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* "The Giant Weasel of Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, with illustrations by Darrell Spradlyn, sees the title character decide to collect a roc egg, with several Emerald City celebrities getting involved.
  
(Information courtesy of [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9039245/Nicol-Williamson.html ''The Telegraph''].)
 
 
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'''<u>January 21, 2012</u>'''
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==September 20, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2019==
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[[File:Bbspring19.jpg|500 px|left]]The Spring 2019 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has finally been published and is making its way to Club members. This issue was delayed due to editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer having to deal with a series of unforeseen hospital visits, but a new ''Bugle'' is always welcome whatever the season.
 
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* The front cover features the pair of Ruby Slippers purchased by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, soon to be on display at [https://www.academymuseum.org/en/exhibitions/making-of-the-wizard-of-oz their museum].
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* The inside front cover features "And Yer Lil' Dog Too!" by [http://www.derekart.com/index.html Derek Yaniger], which has been on display at [https://www.animazing.com/wizard-of-oz-art-1 the Animazing Gallery] in Las Vegas as part of a ''Wizard of Oz'' exhibit.
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* "Letters" presents notes from Oz Club President Jane Albright and ''Bugle'' Editor-in-Chief Sarah K. Krotzer about the latest developments (including Krotzer's hospital visits that delayed this issue for so long).
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** Brittney Johnson becomes [http://www.playbill.com/article/inside-brittney-johnsons-whirlwind-experience-going-on-as-wickeds-first-glinda-of-color Broadway's first African-American Glinda in ''Wicked''].
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** The postponement of the ''Wicked'' movie until December 22, 2021.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493036297/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz''], William Stillman and Jay Scarfone's latest book about the famous movie version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', won the Movies and TV award at [https://www.indieexcellence.com/13th-annual-winners the 13th annual National Indie Excellence Book Awards].
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** The first biography of one of The Movie's most popular actors, [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190639040/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow'' by Holly van Leuven], is published.
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** To honor their appearance in [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07MHQ5FDY/thewonderwizardo/ ''The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part''], LEGO has finally issued [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07MB84DDL/thewonderwizardo/ minifigs of Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion].
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** Designer Virgil Abloh's [https://hypebae.com/2019/1/virgil-abloh-spring-summer-2019-louis-vuitton-collection-online ''Wizard of Oz''-inspired men's fashions] for the spring/summer 2019 Louis Vitton collection.
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** William F. Brown, who wrote the book for the original Broadway musical version of ''The Wiz'', is remembered upon his passing in "Beyond the Shifting Sands…"
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** A new one-woman show, [https://www.broadwayworld.com/long-island/article/Bay-Street-Theater-Announces-MY-WITCH-The-Stories-Of-Margaret-Hamilton-20190525''My Witch, the Stories of Margaret Hamilton''], starring Jean Tafler.
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** The MeTV show [https://www.metv.com/collectors-call ''Collector's Call''] features the Oz collection of Walter Krueger.
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** The recent auction of previously unknown photos taken on the set of The Movie during production at MGM.
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** A new Oz television series in development at [https://www.legendary.com/ Legendary Entertainment].
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** The new card game [https://homefromoz.com/ ''Home from Oz''].
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** Recently unearthed home movie footage of [https://youtu.be/N2Go2lRr61c the Land of Oz park in North Carolina] from the 1970s.
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** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvvKhIb2hsI A tour of the Land of Oz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas] (from the 1990s).
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** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGU8I5tcAQY The ''Wizard of Oz'' section of the Great Movie Ride] at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studio (alas, no longer a ride there).
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** ''Wizard of Oz'' art exhibits at [https://www.animazing.com/wizard-of-oz-art-1 The Animazing Gallery] in Las Vegas; the [https://esmoa.org/experience/oz/ El Segundo Museum of Art] in California; and an exhibit devoted to the late Barry Moser, including some of his illustrations for ''The Wizard of Oz'' at [https://gallery.bromer.com/searchResults.php?category_id=238&action=browse&orderBy=author The Bromer Gallery] in Boston.
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* Jonathan Shirshekan looks at the history of Hollywood's most famous pair of shoes in part 1 of "Keep Them Ruby: Following the Steps of the Ruby Slippers".
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* Jay Scarfone and William Stillman look back at the caravan used to publicize ''The Wizard of Oz'' on its release in ""Oz on Tour: 1939".
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* The new "Great Book of Records" column sees Scott Cummings reporting on a 1933 event to publicize the new Oz book for 1933, ''Ojo in Oz'', and the new ''Wizard of Oz'' radio show, in "A Tea Party for Oz".
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* "Collector's Corner" sees Bill Thompson writing about a curious item, Reilly and Britton's ''Children's Stories That Never Grow Old'', illustrated by John R. Neill.
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* At long last, Jane Albright wraps up her examination of Oz puppetry in part 2 of "Pulling Strings".
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* In "Oz in the Arts":
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** [https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007l6x ''Friday Night Is Music Night: The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary], hosted by Warwick Davis in London, reviewed by Dave Ward.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz Unplugged'' at the Waukesha Civic Theatre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, reviewed by Laura DeNooyer.
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* Books featured in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1496823370/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz Behind the Iron Curtain: Aleksandr Volkov and His Magic Land Series'' by Erika Haber], reviewed by Michael Patrick Hearn.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0525622101/thewonderwizardo/ ''Finding Dorothy: A Novel'' by Elizabeth Letts], reviewed by Dee Michel.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991199162/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Lost Tales of Oz'', edited by Joe Bongiorno] and reviewed by Atticus Gannaway
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* In "Advetures in Oz", Christopher Rhoton relays his experience designing for a stage production of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in Chicago, with color photos from the show reproduced on the back cover.
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* The inside back cover reproduces a Reilly and Britton advertisement for ''Children's Stories That Never Grow Old'' from a 1908 edition of ''Publishers' Weekly''.
  
*The front cover is a reprint of Dick Martin's art for the August 1961 issue, announcing the Club's first convention. For this issue, Marcus M&eacute;b&egrave;s colored and slightly redesigned the art to commemorate fifty years of Oz Club sponsored and supported conventions. The rear and inside covers reprint convention photos from all five decades.
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Also included with this issue:
*Scott Cummings writes of Oz (and other) conventions in his "From the Editor" column.
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* Issue number four of the revived version of ''The Oz Gazette'', dedicated to younger (or young at heart) Oz fans. Among the items are a contest to draw a new map of Oz; how L. Frank Baum met W. W. Denslow; the Scarecrow reviews [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/042528784X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Fantastic Mr. Fox'' by Roald Dahl]; Glinda explaining why animals in Oz can talk (and why some can't); and an interview with the Cowardly Lion.
*The list of winners of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award is updated to include the 2011 winner, Margaret Pellegrini.
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* The craft project is part one of an Emerald City toy theater, with the proscenium arch, box seats, and four Oz characters. (More parts and characters are promised in the remaining two parts, coming in the Autumn and Winter issues.)
*In "Oz and Ends":
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*Bill Campbell's Oz character paintings and the merchandise you can find them on, at [http://www.zazzle.com/ozshop www.zazzle.com/ozshop].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486481174/thewonderwizardo/ ''Literary Greats Paper Dolls''] a new book from Dover that includes L. Frank Baum.
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*John R. Neill's old house, that he and his family lived in during the early 1900s, is for sale.
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*A new French card game simply called [http://fr.asmodee.com/ressources/jeux_versions/oz.php ''Oz''].
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*Interactive app versions of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' from [http://itunes.apple.com/app/oz/id473632069?mt=8 Boluga], [http://slypot.com/e-books/ozbook/ Slypot Games], and [http://wizardofozapp.com/ wizardofozapp.com], plus Eltanin's e-reader versions of [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004T5NI8S/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Marvelous Land of Oz''] and [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0050Q9EI8/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ozma of Oz''].
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*In auction news, Pacific Book Auctions sold what is now believed to be the earliest known copy (the inscription is dated May 23, 1900) of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' for
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422,800, and a copy of ''Kabumpo in Oz'' autographed by author Ruth Plumly Thompson for $420. Profiles in History, meanwhile, had several items from the 1939 movie version of ''The Wizard of Oz'' up for auction at their December 16 Hollywood memorabilia sale, but nobody met the reserve on neither their Cowardly Lion costume nor a pair of Ruby Slippers. Several other Oz items did sell, however, including one of Dorothy's dresses (282,900), a Munchkin soldier jacket ($36,900) and hat ($15,990), a Winkie guard spear ($36,900), and a cast-signed copy of the book ($55,500).
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*The closure of the Oz Club's message board is announced, alongside the new [http://www.facebook.com/ozclub Club], [http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Baum-Bugle-a-journal-of-Oz/204803745304 ''Baum Bugle''], and [http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002867757467 ''Oziana''] pages on Facebook, and the new [http://www.oz.dorothyandozma.com/ Royal Forums of Oz], run by Jared Davis.
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*Two new online Oz comics, [http://delusionarystate.com/ ''Delusionary State''] (about a scientific expedition to Oz) and [http://www.namesakecomic.com/ ''Namesake''] (an examination of the nature of the choldren who visit Oz and Wonderland).
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*New museums and exhibits include [http://cartoonart.org/2011/10/the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' at the Cartoon Art Museum] in San Francisco (now through April 15), and [http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/home/history-of-l-frank-baum/all-things-oz All Things Oz] in L. Frank Baum's home town of Chittenango, New York. Also, Sony Pictures announced the construction of a permanent giant metal rainbow to commemorate ''The Wizard of Oz'' being made there back when it was part of the MGM studios in 1938-9.
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*The formation of the Lyman Frank Baum Foundation to benefit charities in upstate New York, formed in Chittenango.
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*The forthcoming American premiere of the play [http://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/end_rainbow ''The End of the Rainbow''] in Minnesota, before it moves to Broadway later this year.
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*"Death Valley and the Deadly Desert: A Discovery in a Western Newspaper" by Marilyn Strasser Olson shows parallels between Baum's creation of the Deadly Desert and an 1890 humor column about Death Valley from ''The Los Angeles Times''.
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==August 11, 2019: Charles Santore 1935-2019==
*Nathan M. DeHoff takes a closer look at the evolution and nature of the Deadly Desert in "'Great dates and deserts!' Some Thoughts on the Deadly Desert of Oz".
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[[File:Santore_Oz.jpeg|900 px|center]]Acclaimed illustraton Charles Santore, best known for his reimaginations of classic children's stories, died today from undisclosed causes. He was 84. His teachers in Philadelphia recognized his artistic talents at an early age and encouraged him to pursue a life in art. He started off in commercial art, his works appearing in many advertisements and magazines, including a number of celebrity portraits on the cover of ''TV Guide'' in the 1970s. In 1985, a publisher approached Santore about creating new illustrations for ''Peter Rabbit'', and a new stage of his career opened up. As well as Peter Rabbit, he created new illustrations for ''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Aesop's Fables'', ''The Night Before Christmas'', ''The Velveteen Rabbit'', and an acclaimed edition of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1604335424/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz''], first published in 1991. His original works are now in many museums, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Brandywine Rivers Museum in Pennsylvania. In 1972, he was awarded the Hamilton King award from the New York Society of Illustrators. He also received a gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers, and an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.
*"Three is a Magic Number: Trinitarianism and Numeric Instability in ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''" by Walter Squire looks at the nature of how the number three appears in the first Oz book &mdash; and how it changes to other numbers in unexpected ways.
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*"From Bass Lake to Beech Mountain: Fifty Years of Oz Club Conventions" is an illustrated look back at Oz conventions in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and the twenty-first century, interspersed with remembrances from several Oz Club members.
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*"Adventures in Oz" presents stories from Peter E. Hanff ("''Cyclone on the Prairies'': A Leaf Book") and Michael O. Riley ("A New Look at ''The Wizard''") about their collaboration on two new books looking back at the original publication of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' in 1900, both of which were published by the [http://www.bccbooks.org/">Book Club of California].
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*"The MGM Scrapbook" presents the third and final part of the 1939 publicity article, "The Story Behind ''The Wizard of Oz''".
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*In "The Oz Bookshelf":
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*New adaptations of L. Frank Baum's [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0762427965/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus''] (illustrated by Charles Santore) and [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0046LUFC2/thewonderwizardo/ ''A Kidnapped Santa Claus''] (adpated and illustrated as a graphic novel by Alex Robinson), both reviewed by Eric Shanower.
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(Information courtesy of [https://whyy.org/articles/charles-santore-philly-illustrator-of-classic-childrens-books-dies-at-84/ WHYY] and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Santore Wikipedia].)
*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446583774/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Reading Promise'' by Alice Ozma], reviewed by Angelica Carpenter.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0973483717/thewonderwizardo/ ''Shadows of the Emerald City'', an anthology edited by J. W. Schnarr] and reviewed by Joe Bongiorno.
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*The Magician of Oz trilogy ([http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0578023539/thewonderwizardo/ ''Magician of Oz''], [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0578053853/thewonderwizardo/ ''Shadow Demon of Oz''], and [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0578070898/thewonderwizardo/ ''Family of Oz'']) by James C. Wallace II, reviewed by Margaret Berg.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0803734638/thewonderwizardo/ ''Fantasy Baseball'' by Alan Gratz], reviewed by Carpenter.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/146286368X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adolf Hitler in Oz'' by Sam Sackett].
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*Dover's reprint of [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486484661/thewonderwizardo/ ''Denslow's Mother Goose''].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1453596046/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emerald City: The New Adventures of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'' by Arnold Schildkret].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0980064228/thewonderwizardo/ ''From Tennessee to Oz: The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland's Family History'' by Michelle Russell].
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*[http://www.itsallaboutdorothy.com/ ''It's All About Dorothy'' by Tony Rizzo, illustrated by Warden Neil, with a music CD by Jack Allan Allocco].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0762437715/thewonderwizardo/ ''Judy: A Legendary Film Career'' by John Fricke].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1456522531/thewonderwizardo/ ''Lefty Visits Oz: The Adventures of Lefty: Vol. 1'' by James L. Fuller].
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*[http://bigdogink.com/?page_id=1159#ecwid:category=1808108&mode=category&offset=0&sort=normal ''The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West'' by Tom Hutchison, Alison Borges, and Kate Finnegan].
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*Dover's reprint of [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486476448/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Little Wizard Stories of Oz'' by L. Frank Baum].
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*[http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/lost-in-oz-temple-of-the-deadly-desert/15932814 ''Lost in Oz: Temple of the Deadly Desert'' by Joshua Patrick Dudley], the conclusion of his ''Lost in Oz'' trilogy.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060548940/thewonderwizardo/ ''Out of Oz'' by Gregoary Maguire], the final volume in the ''Wicked Years'' series.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0983077444/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz Odyssey II'' by Roger Stanton Baum] (the title was misprinted in the ''Bugle'' as ''Oz Odyssey III)''.
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*[http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62366 ''Oz Squad: March of the Tin Soldiers'' by Steve Ahlquist and David Ingersoll].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1616630205/thewonderwizardo/ ''Remembering Oz'' by Christianna Rickard], a remembrance of Ray Bolger by his niece.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1105220664/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Talking City of Oz'' by Ron Bexley, Jr.].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1241566615/thewonderwizardo/ ''An Unofficial Guide to L. Frank Baum and the Oz Books'', edited by Kaelyn Smith].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810877511/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked: A Musical Biography'' by Paul R. Laird].
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0761163735/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wizard of Oz Scanimation: 10 Classic Scenes from Over the Rainbow'' by Rufus Butler Seder].
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*The [http://www.woeisoz.com/issues.html ''Woe Is Oz'' comic book series by Ethan Tarshish and Kelly Brown].
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*And finally (whew!), a new edition of [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1402775466/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', illustrated by Robert Ingpen].
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*"Oz Behind the Footlights" presents a review by David Moyer of the 2011 TheaterWorks USA Latin America-infused production of ''The Yellow Brick Road''.
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*John Fricke remembers movie Munchkin Karl Slover in "In Memoriam".
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*"The Magic Picture" reports on the 2011 Winkie Convention (written by Sam Milazzo) and the 2011 IWOC National Convention in Beech Mountain, North Carolina (by Scott Hedley and Mike Penick).
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*And finally, "Ozmusements" presents an Oz Want Ads puzzle, first given at the 1967 Ozmopolian Convention.
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==July 27, 2019: The 2019 Winkie Award==
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[[File:Jlbellwinkieaward.jpg|500px|center]]Tonight, OzCon International presented its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to John L. Bell. Bell has helped the convention a lot in recent years by coordinating daytime programming and lining up speakers and events. He is also a tireless Oz researcher and writer who has contributed to both ''The Baum Bugle'' and ''Oziana''. Heartfelt congratulations to a well-deserving recipient!
  
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'''<u>November 15, 2011</u>'''
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==June 23, 2019: William F. Brown, 1928-2019==
<br>The number of living cast members of ''The Wizard of Oz'' continues to dwindle, as Karl Slover, the lead Munchkin trumpeter, died today at age 93 in Dublin, Georgia. He was the last living member of the Singer Midgets, and at three feet tall, one of the shortest Munchkin actors. (He later grew another foot and a half.) Born September 21, 1918 as Karl Kosiczky in eastern Europe in what is now the Czech Republic, his father put him in show business at an early age (he was only two feet tall at the age of eight.) He eventually became part of the Singer Midgets, which led to him getting a part in ''The Wizard of Oz'' at the age of 21. By that time, however, he was already a Hollywood veteran, having appeared in the all-midget Western ''The Terror of Tiny Town'', as well as ''Block-Heads'' with Laurel and Hardy, ''Bringing Up Baby'' with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and ''They Gave Him a Gun'' with Spencer Tracy. He became an American cistizen in 1943, when he changed his last name to Slover. After ''Oz'', he appeared in one more movie, ''The Lost Weekend'', before retiring from show business. He settled in Tampa, Florida, before moving to Georgia in recent years. He appeared at many ''Wizard of Oz'' events, including this year's Chesterton Oz Festival.
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Brown_(writer) William F. Brown], a longtime show business writer, died today in Westport, Connecticut. He was 91. Cutting his writing teeth in ''Look'' magazine and advertising in the 1950s, he later amassed a number of television writing credits on shows such as ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', ''The Johnny Carson Show'', and ''Love American Style''. He also wrote some books and the comic strip ''Boomer''. He attempted to write Broadway plays, but ''The Girl in the Freudian Slip'', ''How to Steal an Election'', and ''A Broadway Musical'' never had successful runs. His only success on the stage was ''The Wiz'', which ran for many years and earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical.
  
(Information courtesy [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1581822693/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Munchkins of Oz''] by Stephen Cox and [http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/17c8a8a5cbf1490c8366eb5872dc0723/GA--Obit-Slover/ ''The Republic'' of Columbus, Indiana].)
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Brown is survived by his wife, Tina Tippit.
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(Information courtesy [https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/william-f-brown-the-wiz-book-writer_89129.html Theatermania].)
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==June 22, 2019: The 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award==
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[[File:LFBMA 2019.jpg|frame|center|Bill Beem (right) receives the 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from last year's winner, Bill Thompson. (Photo courtesy of Bill Thompson.)]]
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The International Wizard of Oz Club presented its highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, to Bill Beem tonight during the Club's National Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. A long-time Club member, Bill has been a quiet presence behind-the-scenes at Club meetings and conventions for decades now. He exhibited many items from his collection at the 2000 Centennial Convention and the 2012 National Convention, and chaired the 2006 Ozmapolitan Convention. He has also helped with programming at many Oz events, and served the Club on the Board of Directors and recording secretary. This is a richly deserved award which couldn't go to a better recipient.
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==June 9, 2019: The 73rd Tony Awards==
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Two actors with longtime associations with Oz received their first [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/73rd_Tony_Awards Tony Awards] tonight, presented by the American Theater Wing for excellence in Broadway productions. Andre De Shields, who originated the title role in ''The Wiz'' in 1975, won the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Hermes in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadestown_(musical) ''Hadestown''].
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Later, winning the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical was Stephanie J. Block. Back in 2000, she was the first actress to play Elphaba in ''Wicked'', at the earliest readings. She went on to understudy Idina Menzel in the San Francisco tryouts and earliest Broadway performances before taking the lead on the first national tour, and eventually taking the lead on Broadway. She won her award for playing the title role in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cher_Show_(musical) ''The Cher Show'']. Here's her acceptance speech:
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''Wicked'' also had a shoutout during the presentation for [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prom_(musical) ''The Prom''] (introduced by Broadway's original ''Wicked'' Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, no less), with "Elphy and Glinda" getting a mention, as seen here:
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==April 12, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2018==
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[[File:Bbwinter18.jpg|right|400 px]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club is now being sent out to members, who should see it appearing in mailboxes all over the world in the coming weeks. This is the final issue of 2018 membership, so those who get this and wish to keep receiving the ''Bugle'' will want to send in their renewal form and dues soon.
  
'''<u>October 3, 2011</u>'''
 
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The Autumn 2011 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has now been sent out, and is making its way towards members. Once again, timely disribution and a timely issue make this issue a treat.
 
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In this issue:
 
In this issue:
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* All four covers celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'':
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** The front cover features a Tin Woodman puppet designed by Matzilla Duron, stepping out of a pristine first edition of the book.
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** The inside front cover reproduces John R. Neill's color plate from the novel, depicting the Tin Woodman's introduction to the Tin Soldier.
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** The inside back cover displays an impressive number of Tin Woodman dolls and other memorabilia from the collection of Oz Club President Jane Albright.
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** The back cover shows Michael Herring's original painting for the 1981 Del Rey edition of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* The Table of Contents shows a version of the Tin Woodman drawn by Michael Ploog as a design for ''Return to Oz'' (1985).
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* "Letters" has notices from Jane Albright about the state of the Club, encouraging members to renew; and ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer writes about the issue and her personal connection to ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The cancellation of the Cartoon Network/Boomerang series [https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1 ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz''], and the inclusion of Sir Hokus of Pokes, the first television of a character created by Ruth Plumly Thompson, in the final episode.
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** The imminent opening of [https://www.oscars.org/museum the Academy Museum], which will include an initial exhibit on ''The Wizard of Oz'', including the Academy's pair of Ruby Slippers.
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** Judy Garland's blonde wig from the first few weeks of filming (that were eventually abandoned and reshot), a production archive for The Movie, and one of Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch hats all sold at auction in 2018.
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** [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58765 ''The Cowardly Lion of Oz''] entering public domain at last, after Congress did ''not'' extend copyrights again following passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.
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** [https://www.cityofholland.com/parksandcemeteries/centennial-park Centennial Park in Holland, Michigan] has plans to install an Oz-themed area, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area at the start of his writing career.
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** The Oz theme at [https://sdfair.com/ this year's San Diego County Fair] in California, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area not long after establishing himself as a writer.
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** The unveiling of a mural of Judy Garland by artist Levi Ponce at [http://theatrewest.org/onstage/wizard-of-oz-sing-a-long-and-mural-unveiling/ Theatre West] in Los Angeles, California.
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** [https://www.oed.com/ The ''Oxford English Dictionary''] adding the phrase "not in Kansas anymore".
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** Researchers at the University of Turin concluded that [https://appliednetsci.springeropen.com/articles/10.1007/s41109-018-0105-0 ''The Wizard of Oz'' is the most influential movie of all time], in a study published in the journal ''Applied Network Science''.
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** New translations of ''The Wizard of Oz'' have now come out in [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012036/thewonderwizardo/ Cornish], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012117/thewonderwizardo/ Hawaiian], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012044/thewonderwizardo/ Irish], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012044/thewonderwizardo/ North-East Scots], all from [http://www.evertype.com/baumiana.html Evertype Publishing]. (Word is that an Esperanto version is forthcoming.)
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** "Through the Tube!" presents the following Oz videos found on YouTube:
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*** Komische Oper Berlin's [https://youtu.be/KSltO-rljss new operatic adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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*** A 2011 version of [https://youtu.be/jjc9hSDS1gQ ''The Wizard of Oz'' by the Berlin State Ballet].
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*** [https://youtu.be/stHRaNDz4zQ Hello Kitty. In Oz. On stage in Japan].
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** After a year and a half of restoration and conservation, [https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/ruby-slippers-and-american-culture-displays the Ruby Slippers are back on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History].
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** The January and February 2019 Fathom Events showings of ''The Wizard of Oz'' grossed $2 million at the box office, setting a new box office record for event cinema.
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** The West Philadelphia home of Royal Historian Ruth Plumly Thompson received a historical marker.
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** Those who have been involved with Oz who have recently passed away:
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Lee Stan Lee], the famed Marvel Comics editor and creator, who was a driving force behind Marvel's Treasury edition comic adaptations of ''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''The Land of Oz'' in the 1970s.
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*** Susan Morse, the singing voice of Dorothy in the 1964 TV special [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_to_Oz_(TV_special) ''Return to Oz''].
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*** Fred Patten, an early member of the International Wizard of Club and participant in the earliest Winkie Conventions, chairing the convention in 1968.
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* "Awards and Honors" acknowledges those Club members who have contributed above and beyond their regular memberships in 2018, and lists the prior recipients of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
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* Jane Albright writes an appreciation of Bill Thompson, the 2018 recipient of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
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* Sarah K. Crotzer writes about her favorite Oz book in "The Rescue of the Tin Woodman: An Appreciation".
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* "Men of Heart: A Song for Five Voices" interviews the creators of four different adaptations of the story of Nick Chopper:
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** Ray Tintori, [https://youtu.be/3nvMmChdiyo ''Death to the Tinman''] (2007).
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** Brandon McCormick, [https://youtu.be/BWdUmcwZn-A ''Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man''] (2010).
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** James Ortiz, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Woodsman_(play) ''The Woodsman''] (2012).
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** Matzilla Duron and Nick Boxwell, the still-in-production [https://www.tinwoods.com/ ''The Tin Woods''].
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* "The Beginner's Guide to Oz Book Collecting" lists some important editions of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'' that collectors may want to look for.
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* J. L. Bell examines the themes of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'' in "Meat Glue".
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* A call for the whereabouts of original art from the Oz books, to be catalogued at https://www.lostartofoz.com/.
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* "Oz Under Scrutiny" takes an extensive look at contemporary reviews and other articles about ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* Dina Schiff Massachi looks at Todrick Hall's visual album [https://youtu.be/4mUSwHhJ6zA ''Straight Outta Oz''], particularly how Hall interprets the Tin Woodman, in "Metal Malleable Male".
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* A link to a gallery of depictions of the Tin Woodman, [http://ozclub.org/galleries/100-years-100-tin-men/ "100 Years, 100 in Men"].
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* In "Oz in the Arts":
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet in Kansas City, Missouri, back in October, reviewed by Paul Miles Schneider.
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** A [https://www.flickr.com/photos/hbwtheatre/albums/72157702896273541 children's theater production of ''Ozma of Oz''] in Arlington, Virginia in December, reviewed by Michael Gessel.
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** ''Scraps'', a new play, in Chicago in September, reviewed by Carrie Hedges.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' on stage in Aurora, Illinois, over the holiday season, reviewed by Steve Smith.
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** A performance art adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in a London cemetery last July, reviewed by Nick Campbell.
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** [http://chroniclesofoz.com/ The ''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast], so far having adapted the first two Oz books, reviewed by Jared Davis.
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* A call for Club members to share photos of any events they may go to this year to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the famous MGM film adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Books presented in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1941813186/thewonderwizardo/ ''Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist'' by former Club President Angelica Shirley Carpenter], a biography of L. Frank Baum's highly influential mother-in-law, reviewed by Judy Bieber.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493042831/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz: Evolution, Creation, and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece'' by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman], their latest book about the famous film version, reviewed by Mark Griffin.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1724902555/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Magic Belt'', the third volume in Paul Miles Schneider's Oz series], reviewed by Jane Albright.
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* Patty Tobias and daughter Kate Koelle remember former Club President, ''Bugle'' editor, and L. Frank Baum Memorial Award winner [http://ozclub.org/blog/barbara-Koelle-1923-2018/ Barbara Koelle], who passed away in 2018.
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* A call to fill the job of designer for the ''Bugle''.
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* And finally, the preview for the next issue promises to reveal how the Smithsonian Institution has been taking care of its pair of Ruby Slippers, information on collecting Reilly and Britton's "Children's Stories That Never Grow Old" series, and the conclusion (at last!) on an earlier story about Oz puppetry.
  
*The front cover features John R. Neill's art for the front cover label of the 1920 reissue of ''The Sea Fairies''.
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There is a lot more in the envelope than the ''Bugle''! Inserts include:
*Scott Cummings shares the results of the ''Bugle'' survey in "From the Editor".
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* The latest issue of the revived ''Oz Gazette'', with all the latest news and gossip straight from the Emerald City.
*Bill Beem, Judy Bieber, and Angelica Carpenter are announced as the winners of the elections for the Board of Directors.
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* Summaries of many Oz events around the country in the summer of 2018.
*[http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/oziana-%2338/17975053 ''Oziana'' #38] is announced, now being published on demand through lulu.com.
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* A call for submissions to [http://ozclub.org/oz-club-contests/ the Oz Club's annual contests] for fiction, non-fiction, and art, with cash prizes.
*In "Oz and Ends":
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* Registration forms for this year's [http://ozclub.org/register-2019-national-convention/ Oz: The National Convention] in Thibodeaux, Louisiana; and [http://www.ozconinternational.com/our-next-convention.html OzCon International] in Pomona, California.
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* Since this is the final issue of the 2018 membership year, [http://ozclub.org/join-the-club/ a renewal form] is enclosed.
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* A flyer for the Club's latest publication, [https://shop.ozclub.org/product.sc?productId=429&categoryId=1 ''Bibliographia Baumiana''].
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* A charming Polychrome paper doll.
  
*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003JFZC06/thewonderwizardo/ An Oz Christmas stocking kit from Bucilla]
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*Sharon Ray's new blog, [http://www.curiozitiesbythebook.blogspot.com/ Curiozities by the Book], devoted to Oz merchandise that's not derived from the famous movie version.
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*New Oz paper and stationery products from [http://store.scrapbook.com/theme/wizard+of+oz.html Scrapbook.com] and [http://oohlalafactory.com/en/53-wizard-of-oz Ohh La La Factory].
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*Sculpted Oz teapots from [http://www.stevenmcgovney.com/ex-libris-book-teapots.html Steven McGovney] and [http://www.cardewdesign.com/wizard-of-oz.html Cardew Design].
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*[http://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/108569001_wizard-of-oz-book-collection-.html The Bradford Exchange's reproductions of the first editions of the Oz books].
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*The website devoted to ''The Wiz'', [http://thewiztheatrecompany.com/ thewiztheatrecompany.com].
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*New Oz posters by Gallery 1988 (which now seems to be sold out) and [http://postertext.com/products/wonderful-wizard-oz Postertext].
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*Auctions of original artwork by W. W. Denslow and John R. Neill, inscribed first editions of ''Queen Zixi of Ix'' and ''American Fairy Tales'', a letter by L. Frank Baum to a reader, items from the Fred M. Meyer collection, costume pieces from the making of the famous 1939 film version of ''The Wizard of Oz'' and the crystal ball prop, and the Oz items in the Debbie Reynolds auction.
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*An exhibit in San Francisco and two accompnaying books about the original 1900 publication of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''.
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*Dr. Richard Rutter's collections of Oz cartoons, donated to the Special Collections of the Stanford University library.
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*Some of Denslow's original art from ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' currently [http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/celebrating-100-years on exhibit at the New York Public Library], in celebration of the library's centennial.
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*A report from ''The Wall Street Journal'' about the yellow brick road in Peekskill, New York, which may have inspired L. Frank Baum, who had been a student at the military academy there.
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*New invitations for the public to contribute a new cover to ''The Wizard of Oz'' and new illustrations for another edition, both in the United Kingdom.
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*The ''Bugle'' celebrates one hundred years of ''The Sea Fairies'', first published in 1911, with "Mermaids in Oz" by Ruth Berman and a selection of contemporary reviews of the book, culled from the Baum scrapbooks and edited by Scott Cummings.
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*Richard Tuerk examines some of the issues and themes raised in the twelfth Oz book in "Head Versus Heart in ''The Tin woodman of Oz''".
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*"The MGM Scrapbook" continues its presentation of the syndicated article "The Story Behind ''The Wizard of Oz''" with parts 3 and 4.
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*A vintage story by Ruth Plumly Thompson, "Blonde Rival", originally published in Marvel's ''Miss America'' magazine in its February 1947 issue.
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*"The Oz Collector" visits Wausaukee, Wisconsin, in "Oz, Wisconsin! A Visit to the Land of Oz Museum".
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*Reviewed in "The Oz Bookshelf":
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/097941332X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Adventures of Glinda Gale'' by J. A. Holst], reviewed by Joe Bongiorno.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0615174590/thewonderwizardo/ ''Tales of Magic Land 3'' by Aleksandr Volkov and translated by Peter L. Blystone], reviewed by Alan Wise.
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(Because of the many questions I am asked about possible forthcoming Oz projects or other bits of pseudo-news, I have added this section to answer some of these inquiries.)
*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060881224/thewonderwizardo/ ''Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction'' by Cathy Whitlock], reviewed by Wise.
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1843651572/thewonderwizardo/ ''Michael Foreman's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''], reviewed by Angelica Carpenter.
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*In "Oz Behind the Footlights", Michael O'Connor reviews [http://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/ Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage version of ''The Wizard of Oz''], now playing in the West End in London.
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*"The Magic Picture" looks at the dedication of a memorial marker for Terry, the Cairn terrier who played Toto in the famous film verison of ''The Wizard of Oz'', at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
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*"In Memoriam" remembers Joan Neill Farnsworth, John R. Neill's youngest daughter, and Roland Roycraft, who illustrated new dust jackets for the Oz books in the late 1950s.
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*The back cover is an illustration by Thea Kliros from [http://beta.bedwickandjones.com/the-wizard-of-oz a new edition of ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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Oz Club members with premium memberships should have received their copies already, and other members should get their issues soon.
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The previously announced release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'' turns out to have been premature. Universal recently changed their planned release for December 19, 2019, from ''Wicked'' to ''Cats''. So the ''Wicked'' movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, and aiming for a December 22, 2021 release.
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It's been mentioned before, in an on-again, off-again way, but it looks like the ''Wicked'' television miniseries is on again. This is not an adaptation of the musical, but of the original novel, with Salma Hayak producing and directing, and possibly writing as well. It's under development for ABC.
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Okay, yes, word has leaked out that Warner Bros. tried to talk Robert Zemeckis into directing a remake of ''The Wizard of Oz'', using the same screenplay as the famous 1939 Judy Garland version. Zemeckis already rejected the idea. This probably puts the idea on the back burner for a while, and based on the ''extreme'' negative reaction the idea got, I suspect it will stay there.
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It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the currently planned Oz movie projects. Bear in mind that at this stage, most of it is speculation and/or not even in pre-production, or possibly even a game of "Telephone". But here are some of the current Oz movies that could be coming to your local theater in the next few years:
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*''The Witches of Oz'', which has the Wicked Witch of the West coming to New York City to exact her revenge on a now grown-up Dorothy. Christopher Lloyd plays the Wizard. Both theatrical movie and television miniseries versions of this have been prepared, and it has already been shown on the Syfy Channel in Great Britain and released on DVD in Europe and Australia. The television miniseries version was a featured offer of DISH Cinema in September 2011. It is now also having a limited run in select theaters under the title ''Dorothy and the Witches of Oz'', and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
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The latest Oz project to be announced in Hollywood: ''Cheshire Crossing'', the graphic novel by Andy Weir and Sarah Anderson, optioned by Amblin Partners. (See [https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/amblin-michael-de-luca-tackling-martian-author-s-fantasy-graphic-novel-cheshire-crossing-1255011 this report].)
*''Oz, The Great and Powerful'', a prequel about how the Wizard came to Oz, directed by Sam Raimi and starring <s>Robert Downey, Jr.</s> <s>Johnny Depp</s> James Franco, for Disney. (This may have previously been announced as ''Brick''.) Disney has announced an intented release date of March 8, 2013.
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Okay, yes, word has leaked out that Warner Bros. tried to talk Robert Zemeckis into directing a remake of ''The Wizard of Oz'', using the same screenplay as the famous 1939 Judy Garland version. Zemeckis already rejected the idea. This probably puts the idea on the back burner for a while, and based on the ''extreme'' negative reaction the idea got, I suspect it will stay there. Rumors of this have surfaced again, but appear to be the result of someone finding the old story and running it again.
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It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the currently planned Oz movie and television projects. Bear in mind that at this stage, most of it is speculation and/or not even in pre-production, or possibly even a game of "Telephone". But here are some of the current Oz movies that could be coming to your local theater in the next few years:
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*''The Road to Oz'', a movie biopic about the life of L. Frank Baum and how he created Oz, starring Eddie Redmayne as Frank. (See reports [http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/aug/06/eddie-redmayne-wizard-of-oz-author-l-frank-baum here] and [http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/eddie-redmayne-to-play-author-l-frank-baum-in-biopic-road-to-oz-268 here].)
 
*''Dark Oz 3-D'', based on the old Caliber comic book.
 
*''Dark Oz 3-D'', based on the old Caliber comic book.
 
*A non-musical, faithful adaptation of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' from New Line and [http://www.templehillent.com/ Temple Hill].
 
*A non-musical, faithful adaptation of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' from New Line and [http://www.templehillent.com/ Temple Hill].
*[http://www.dorothyofoz.com/ ''Dorothy of Oz''], an animated musical sequel based on the book by Roger S. Baum, which now has a poster with an August 3, 2012 release on it (although it looks like that's now been pushed back to 2013).
 
 
*''The Oz Wars'', which would have the witches fighting for control of the Emerald City while the Wizard leads the resistance.
 
*''The Oz Wars'', which would have the witches fighting for control of the Emerald City while the Wizard leads the resistance.
 
*John Boorman's [http://www.actionsynthese.com/index2.php?language=en animated adaptation of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''] seems to be on track for release &mdash; in France. Once it's released, an English-language release will likely come out soon afterwards. (However, in a [http://www.filmireland.net/2011/03/16/interview-with-john-boorman/ recent interview], Boorman admitted that the project has stalled due to lack of funding.)
 
*John Boorman's [http://www.actionsynthese.com/index2.php?language=en animated adaptation of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''] seems to be on track for release &mdash; in France. Once it's released, an English-language release will likely come out soon afterwards. (However, in a [http://www.filmireland.net/2011/03/16/interview-with-john-boorman/ recent interview], Boorman admitted that the project has stalled due to lack of funding.)
 
*''Oz: Return to the Emerald City'' was one of two possible competing projects at Warner Bros. This original sequel may now be shopped around to other studios, or turned into a novel.
 
*''Oz: Return to the Emerald City'' was one of two possible competing projects at Warner Bros. This original sequel may now be shopped around to other studios, or turned into a novel.
*[http://www.independentstoriesinc.com/WonderfulWizard.htm ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''], a low-budget independent production from Barnyard Studios and Used Productions. This is very much a shoestring production, which is looking for money and actors.
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*[http://www.independentstoriesinc.com/WonderfulWizard.htm ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''], a low-budget independent production from Barnyard Studios and Used Productions. This is very much a shoestring production, which is looking for money and actors. But its Kickstarter campaign to raise the last money it needed was a success, so it may be finished soon.
 
*[http://valleywind.com/legendofoz/ ''Legend of Oz''], a modern retelling of ''The Wizard of Oz'' from Valley Wind Productions in Ottawa.
 
*[http://valleywind.com/legendofoz/ ''Legend of Oz''], a modern retelling of ''The Wizard of Oz'' from Valley Wind Productions in Ottawa.
*Yes, it looks like a film version of ''Wicked'' is currently in pre-planning at Universal. But this is a long way off&mdash;sometime in the middle of the decade&mdash;and a lot can happen. However, the success of the play most likely means that there will be a film version some day.
 
 
*[http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/2010/06/16/are-the-polish-brothers-planning-their-own-trip-to-oz/ ''Oz''], a new telling of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
 
*[http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/2010/06/16/are-the-polish-brothers-planning-their-own-trip-to-oz/ ''Oz''], a new telling of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
 
*A still unnamed horror movie set in the 1920s with Dorothy meeting Alice in Bedlam Asylum.
 
*A still unnamed horror movie set in the 1920s with Dorothy meeting Alice in Bedlam Asylum.
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*[http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/berlin/european-film-market/mcnamara-to-direct-young-santa/5066468.article ''Young Santa'']., based on L. Frank Baum's book ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' and directed by Sean McNamara.
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*''How the Wizard Came to Oz'', based on two books by Donald Abbott.
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*Not entirely Oz, strictly speaking, but the Judy Garland biography ''Get Happy'' may be made into a movie, featuring Anne Hathaway as Garland.
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*[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/warner-horizon-turn-oz-fantasy-420517 ''Red Brick Road''], a television series continuation of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in the style of ''Game of Thrones''. The latest word is that this is being developed for the Lifetime channel.
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*[http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/cbs-developing-wizard-of-oz-themed-medical-drama-from-timbermanbeverly/ ''Dorothy''], an Oz-themed medical drama in development at CBS
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*[http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Tim-Kring-Developing-Wizard-Oz-Drama-Dorothy-Must-Die-CW-58899.html ''Dorothy Must Die''], in which Dorothy has returned to Oz and become a dictator, in development at the CW. This would be based on the book series of the same name.
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*''Warriors of Oz'', a post-apocalyptic version in development at Syfy.
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* A ''Wicked'' television miniseries, based on the original book (not the stage musical). Salma Hayak was attached to this as a producer. When last heard of, it was under development at ABC.
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No, Peter Jackson is ''not'' producing or directing a billion-dollar all-CGI remake of ''The Wizard of Oz'' for Warner Bros. How do stories like this get started? Oh, maybe in [http://www.aintitcool.com/node/31184 stories like this]...
 
No, Peter Jackson is ''not'' producing or directing a billion-dollar all-CGI remake of ''The Wizard of Oz'' for Warner Bros. How do stories like this get started? Oh, maybe in [http://www.aintitcool.com/node/31184 stories like this]...
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It seems the [http://www.hash.com/2007web/ Hash, Inc.], animated production of [http://wiki.hash.com/index.php?title=Main_Page_Two ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''] was successful enough that they're going ahead with their next production, ''The Scarecrow of Oz''. This one even has test footage on YouTube, which looks something like this:
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A [http://www.toonzentertainment.com/toonzEntertainment/santa-claus.html computer animated production of Baum's 1902 book ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus''] is currently in the works. The producers are Hyde Park Entertainment, Toonz Entertainment, and Gang of 7 Animation. As with all movie projects, a lot can happen before release, which could cause them be delayed, or not to appear at all. Keep an eye on this website's news and events pages for details if they get closer to actually coming out.
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In recent years, there have been proposals for other Oz or related projects, none of which now appear that they will get off the ground. Among them:
 
In recent years, there have been proposals for other Oz or related projects, none of which now appear that they will get off the ground. Among them:
  
*''Lost in Oz'', a series that was to feature Melissa George as a Kansas university student who is whisked to Oz sixty years after the events of ''The Wizard of Oz'' and helping to spearhead a rebellion against the new Wicked Witch of the West. Although developed for the WB and a pilot film produced, it was never picked up, nor the pilot shown. (But keep an eye out on auction sites, as a bootleg DVD sometimes shows up...)
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*''Lost in Oz'', a series that was to feature Melissa George as a Kansas university student who is whisked to Oz sixty years after the events of ''The Wizard of Oz'' (The Movie) and helping to spearhead a rebellion against the new Wicked Witch of the West. Although developed for the WB and a pilot film produced, it was never picked up, nor the pilot shown. (But keep an eye out on auction sites, as a bootleg DVD sometimes shows up…)
 
*A telelvision miniseries based on Gregory Maguire's novel ''Wicked'', with Demi Moore in the title role. (There are stories that the people developing this version later pushed their involvement into the musical version now playing on Broadway and elsewhere.)
 
*A telelvision miniseries based on Gregory Maguire's novel ''Wicked'', with Demi Moore in the title role. (There are stories that the people developing this version later pushed their involvement into the musical version now playing on Broadway and elsewhere.)
 
*''The O. Z.'', a hip-hop flavored re-telling of ''The Wizard of Oz'' for Fox. Among the rumored Dorothy's at one point were Brandy, Mya, and the late Aaliyah. Justin Timberlake, John Leuizamo, and Little Richard were mentioned for other parts.
 
*''The O. Z.'', a hip-hop flavored re-telling of ''The Wizard of Oz'' for Fox. Among the rumored Dorothy's at one point were Brandy, Mya, and the late Aaliyah. Justin Timberlake, John Leuizamo, and Little Richard were mentioned for other parts.
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*''The Land of Oz'' (not based on the book of the same name), produced by Hallmark for NBC. This eventually became the basis for the Sci Fi Channel miniseries ''Tin Man''.
 
*''The Land of Oz'' (not based on the book of the same name), produced by Hallmark for NBC. This eventually became the basis for the Sci Fi Channel miniseries ''Tin Man''.
 
*''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' from Circa Pictures. It's no longer listed on their website.
 
*''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' from Circa Pictures. It's no longer listed on their website.
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*''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' from Hyde Park Entertainment and Toonz Entertainment.
 
*A Bollywood adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in India.
 
*A Bollywood adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in India.
 
*A movie version of American McGee's (later cancelled) ''Oz'' video game.
 
*A movie version of American McGee's (later cancelled) ''Oz'' video game.
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If progress is made on any of these projects, such as actually going into production or a release date announced, the news will be posted as quickly as possible on this page. But at this stage, any of these going into production is very unlikely. (However, ''Tin Man'' was part of this list for some time before its eventual completion and broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel.)
 
If progress is made on any of these projects, such as actually going into production or a release date announced, the news will be posted as quickly as possible on this page. But at this stage, any of these going into production is very unlikely. (However, ''Tin Man'' was part of this list for some time before its eventual completion and broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel.)
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February 9, 2020: Judy and the 2019 Movie Awards Season

Renée Zellweger was presented with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role tonight for her performance as Judy Garland in the later years of her life. This culminates the 2019-20 movie award season, which saw Zellweger give early notice that she would be a factor, as she also won the following awards:

  • Hollywood Actress Award at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards.
  • Best Actress at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards.
  • Best Lead Actress at the 2019 Atlanta Film Critics Circle.
  • Best Actress at the 2019 Phoenix Film Critics Society.
  • Best Actress at the 2020 Houston Film Critics Society.
  • The Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
  • Best Actress from the National Board of Review.
  • Best Actress from the 2020 AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards.
  • Best Actress from the 2020 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
  • The American Riviera Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award.
  • Actress of the Year from the 2020 London Film Critics Circle.
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs).
  • Best Female Lead at the 2020 Independent Film Awards.

Zellweger was also a runner-up for Best Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society.

Renée Zellweger wasn't the only award presented to Judy or one of its contributors:

  • Jeremy Woodhead won Make Up and Hair Design from the British Independent Film Awards. (Woodhead was also nominated for the Oscar in the same category, but lost to Bombshell.)
  • The film was one of the top ten independent films named by the National Board of Review.

November 27, 2019: The Baum Bugle Autumn 2019

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The latest issue of The Baum Bugle, the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now in the mail and finding its way to members. This issue celebrates the legacy of L. Frank Baum and his creation in the centennial year of his crossing the shifting sands.

In this issue:

  • The wraparound cover by Mark Manley shows L. Frank Baum meeting with many of the characters he created in the Emerald City. The inside covers show some of Manley's preliminary sketches and the development of the final artwork.
  • "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright outlining how Ozzy her summer was, while Baum Bugle editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer looks at the process of putting this issue together.
  • "Awards and Honors" tells the world that Bill Beem won the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award for 2019, written up by Peter E. Hanff and Bill Thompson.
  • In "The Bugle Bulletin":
    • The original set parts for "Over the Rainbow" were found in the collection of Angela White, the daughter of Dave Rose, Judy Garland's first husband (not her third husband, as the Bugle reports). It was performed in public for the first time on September 14, 2019.
    • A black-and-white dress, worn onscreen by Bobby Koshay as she doubled for Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, two Munchkin jackets, an Emerald City townsfolk jacket, and an Emerald City soldier's musket all went up for auction at Profiles in History. Meanwhile, Ray Bolger's Tony Award for Charley's Aunt was auctioned off in August.
    • The successful Kickstarter campaign to issue a new edition of The Royal Book of Oz, plus Sea Wolf Press's "100th Anniversary Collection" of all fourteen Oz novels by L. Frank Baum.
    • The forthcoming Wizard of Oz escape room at St. Louis Escape Rooms in St. Louis, Missouri.
    • A correction to last issue's review of Oz Behind the Iron Curtain, giving the correct date for an early edition of Волшебник Изумрудного Города.
    • To celebrate The Movie's eightieth anniversary, Google added some interactivity to its search results for The Wizard of Oz (click on the Ruby Slippers in the upper right hand corner to see for yourself).
    • The National Endowment for the Arts gives a grant to The George Eastman Museum to help preserve its movie holdings, which include the only known copy of the 1910 film version of The Wizard of Oz, as well as the original negative of the famous 1939 movie version.
    • The Dublin Zoo in Ireland has a classic children's literature theme to their annual "Wild Lights" holiday attraction. Among the stories profiled is The Wizard of Oz.
    • This year's New York State Fair had a sand sculpture celebrating the eightieth anniversary of The Movie. Not to be outdone, the Kansas State Fair this year featured butter sculptures of Dorothy and other Oz characters.
    • "Beyond the Shifting Sands" notes the passing of artist Charles Santore.
    • "Through the Tube" features the following YouTube videos:
  • As a tribute to the late Fred M. Meyer, the Club's longtime Secretary, the Bugle published a previously unpublished item found in Meyer's files, "What Might L. Frank Baum Have Written Next?"
  • What may be a fragment of an unfinished Oz story by L. Frank Baum, previously published in the Bugle in 1965, is reprinted as "An Oz Story", with a new illustration by Mark Manley.
  • Gita Dorothy Morena, L. Frank Baum's great-granddaughter, and daughter of Ozma Baum Mentele, writes about her experiences with Oz and her family in "Living Inside the Oz Legacy".
  • Mark Manley writes about his artistic journey in "Drawn to Oz".
  • "The First Oz Fan Fiction" presents just that—at least the first published one—written by ten-year-old Henry Kutz and nine-year-old Max Stolz, from the June 5, 1909 edition of the Syracuse Post-Standard.
  • "'Written Solely to Please Children': Is Oz Still a Story for Kids?" by Dina Schiff Massachi looks at the audience(s) of the many different interpretations of Oz in mass media over the decades.
  • Jane Albright takes a visit to "The Oz Museum: A World of Its Own in Wamego, Kansas", and catalogs other Oz and Oz-related museums around the United States.
  • Albright also initiates a new column, "Guaranteed for a Thousand Years" with "The Empty Case for Oz", looking at how Oz fans can show off some of their collection in a local museum or library exhibit space. (Further contributions come from David C. Diket and Sarah K. Crotzer.)
  • In "The Great Book of Records", Scott Cummings looks at contemporary accounts of the passing of the Royal Historian of Oz in "'The Maker of Fairies Is Dead': America Responds to the Death of L. Frank Baum".
  • Presented in "Oz in the Arts":
    • The recent movie Judy, reviewed by Garrett Kilgore.
    • The Wiz, put on in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
  • Books written up in "The Bugle Review":
  • In "Adventures in Oz", Raymond Francis Wohl recounts his discovery of Oz and how he turned it into a one man show about L. Frank Baum in "The Stories Behind the Stories".

Also included with this issue are:

  • Autumn Issue #5 of The Oz Gazette, the newsletter for younger Oz fans. In this issue:
    • News of a missing Munchkin named Kiki Aru.
    • An editorial by editor Dorothy Gale.
    • The second part of the story of "How L. Frank Baum Became the Royal Historian of Oz".
    • The Scarecrow writes about how important illustrations can be to a story.
    • The "Ask Glinda" column covers a little bit of the history of the Nome King.
    • And the Glass Cat produces her first society column (even typed by herself).
  • Plus, the second part of the Emerald City toy theatre, showing the background (and a little bit of what's happening behind the scenes).

November 17, 2019: Oziana 2019

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The 2019 issue of Oziana, the annual literary journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now available for anyone to buy, whether they are Club members or not. It is available at this link to Lulu.com.

In this issue:

  • The front cover by David Valentin is entitled "Friends and Family".
  • In "An Odd Transformation" by Sara Philips, with illustrations by Lyan Tjally, some of Oz's more unusual but noteworthy citizens are transformed in an unexpected way. (Tjally also provides a full-color illustration for this story on the back cover.)
  • "Bitsy, the Patchwork Cat of Oz" by Jane Albright, with illustrations by Steve Smith, relates the adventures of Oz's newest animal citizen, accidentally created from some of Scraps' patches.
  • "The Epiphany of Miss Gulch" by Paul Dana, with illustrations by Mela Pagayonan, looks at what happened to Miss Gulch after Toto escaped from her basket.
  • "The End of the Road" is a poem by E. J. Hagadorn.
  • "The Giant Weasel of Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, with illustrations by Darrell Spradlyn, sees the title character decide to collect a roc egg, with several Emerald City celebrities getting involved.



September 20, 2019: The Baum Bugle Spring 2019

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The Spring 2019 issue of The Baum Bugle, the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has finally been published and is making its way to Club members. This issue was delayed due to editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer having to deal with a series of unforeseen hospital visits, but a new Bugle is always welcome whatever the season.


In this issue:

Also included with this issue:

  • Issue number four of the revived version of The Oz Gazette, dedicated to younger (or young at heart) Oz fans. Among the items are a contest to draw a new map of Oz; how L. Frank Baum met W. W. Denslow; the Scarecrow reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl; Glinda explaining why animals in Oz can talk (and why some can't); and an interview with the Cowardly Lion.
  • The craft project is part one of an Emerald City toy theater, with the proscenium arch, box seats, and four Oz characters. (More parts and characters are promised in the remaining two parts, coming in the Autumn and Winter issues.)

August 11, 2019: Charles Santore 1935-2019

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Acclaimed illustraton Charles Santore, best known for his reimaginations of classic children's stories, died today from undisclosed causes. He was 84. His teachers in Philadelphia recognized his artistic talents at an early age and encouraged him to pursue a life in art. He started off in commercial art, his works appearing in many advertisements and magazines, including a number of celebrity portraits on the cover of TV Guide in the 1970s. In 1985, a publisher approached Santore about creating new illustrations for Peter Rabbit, and a new stage of his career opened up. As well as Peter Rabbit, he created new illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, Aesop's Fables, The Night Before Christmas, The Velveteen Rabbit, and an acclaimed edition of The Wizard of Oz, first published in 1991. His original works are now in many museums, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Brandywine Rivers Museum in Pennsylvania. In 1972, he was awarded the Hamilton King award from the New York Society of Illustrators. He also received a gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers, and an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.

(Information courtesy of WHYY and Wikipedia.)


July 27, 2019: The 2019 Winkie Award

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Tonight, OzCon International presented its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to John L. Bell. Bell has helped the convention a lot in recent years by coordinating daytime programming and lining up speakers and events. He is also a tireless Oz researcher and writer who has contributed to both The Baum Bugle and Oziana. Heartfelt congratulations to a well-deserving recipient!

June 23, 2019: William F. Brown, 1928-2019

William F. Brown, a longtime show business writer, died today in Westport, Connecticut. He was 91. Cutting his writing teeth in Look magazine and advertising in the 1950s, he later amassed a number of television writing credits on shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Johnny Carson Show, and Love American Style. He also wrote some books and the comic strip Boomer. He attempted to write Broadway plays, but The Girl in the Freudian Slip, How to Steal an Election, and A Broadway Musical never had successful runs. His only success on the stage was The Wiz, which ran for many years and earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical.

Brown is survived by his wife, Tina Tippit.

(Information courtesy Theatermania.)


June 22, 2019: The 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award

Bill Beem (right) receives the 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from last year's winner, Bill Thompson. (Photo courtesy of Bill Thompson.)

The International Wizard of Oz Club presented its highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, to Bill Beem tonight during the Club's National Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. A long-time Club member, Bill has been a quiet presence behind-the-scenes at Club meetings and conventions for decades now. He exhibited many items from his collection at the 2000 Centennial Convention and the 2012 National Convention, and chaired the 2006 Ozmapolitan Convention. He has also helped with programming at many Oz events, and served the Club on the Board of Directors and recording secretary. This is a richly deserved award which couldn't go to a better recipient.


June 9, 2019: The 73rd Tony Awards

Two actors with longtime associations with Oz received their first Tony Awards tonight, presented by the American Theater Wing for excellence in Broadway productions. Andre De Shields, who originated the title role in The Wiz in 1975, won the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Hermes in Hadestown.

Later, winning the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical was Stephanie J. Block. Back in 2000, she was the first actress to play Elphaba in Wicked, at the earliest readings. She went on to understudy Idina Menzel in the San Francisco tryouts and earliest Broadway performances before taking the lead on the first national tour, and eventually taking the lead on Broadway. She won her award for playing the title role in The Cher Show. Here's her acceptance speech:

Wicked also had a shoutout during the presentation for The Prom (introduced by Broadway's original Wicked Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, no less), with "Elphy and Glinda" getting a mention, as seen here:


April 12, 2019: The Baum Bugle Winter 2018

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The latest issue of The Baum Bugle, the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club is now being sent out to members, who should see it appearing in mailboxes all over the world in the coming weeks. This is the final issue of 2018 membership, so those who get this and wish to keep receiving the Bugle will want to send in their renewal form and dues soon.

In this issue:

  • All four covers celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of The Tin Woodman of Oz:
    • The front cover features a Tin Woodman puppet designed by Matzilla Duron, stepping out of a pristine first edition of the book.
    • The inside front cover reproduces John R. Neill's color plate from the novel, depicting the Tin Woodman's introduction to the Tin Soldier.
    • The inside back cover displays an impressive number of Tin Woodman dolls and other memorabilia from the collection of Oz Club President Jane Albright.
    • The back cover shows Michael Herring's original painting for the 1981 Del Rey edition of The Tin Woodman of Oz.
  • The Table of Contents shows a version of the Tin Woodman drawn by Michael Ploog as a design for Return to Oz (1985).
  • "Letters" has notices from Jane Albright about the state of the Club, encouraging members to renew; and Bugle editor Sarah K. Crotzer writes about the issue and her personal connection to The Tin Woodman of Oz.
  • In "The Bugle Bulletin":
    • The cancellation of the Cartoon Network/Boomerang series Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, and the inclusion of Sir Hokus of Pokes, the first television of a character created by Ruth Plumly Thompson, in the final episode.
    • The imminent opening of the Academy Museum, which will include an initial exhibit on The Wizard of Oz, including the Academy's pair of Ruby Slippers.
    • Judy Garland's blonde wig from the first few weeks of filming (that were eventually abandoned and reshot), a production archive for The Movie, and one of Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch hats all sold at auction in 2018.
    • The Cowardly Lion of Oz entering public domain at last, after Congress did not extend copyrights again following passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.
    • Centennial Park in Holland, Michigan has plans to install an Oz-themed area, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area at the start of his writing career.
    • The Oz theme at this year's San Diego County Fair in California, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area not long after establishing himself as a writer.
    • The unveiling of a mural of Judy Garland by artist Levi Ponce at Theatre West in Los Angeles, California.
    • The Oxford English Dictionary adding the phrase "not in Kansas anymore".
    • Researchers at the University of Turin concluded that The Wizard of Oz is the most influential movie of all time, in a study published in the journal Applied Network Science.
    • New translations of The Wizard of Oz have now come out in Cornish, Hawaiian, Irish, and North-East Scots, all from Evertype Publishing. (Word is that an Esperanto version is forthcoming.)
    • "Through the Tube!" presents the following Oz videos found on YouTube:
    • After a year and a half of restoration and conservation, the Ruby Slippers are back on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
    • The January and February 2019 Fathom Events showings of The Wizard of Oz grossed $2 million at the box office, setting a new box office record for event cinema.
    • The West Philadelphia home of Royal Historian Ruth Plumly Thompson received a historical marker.
    • Those who have been involved with Oz who have recently passed away:
      • Stan Lee, the famed Marvel Comics editor and creator, who was a driving force behind Marvel's Treasury edition comic adaptations of The Wizard of Oz and The Land of Oz in the 1970s.
      • Susan Morse, the singing voice of Dorothy in the 1964 TV special Return to Oz.
      • Fred Patten, an early member of the International Wizard of Club and participant in the earliest Winkie Conventions, chairing the convention in 1968.
  • "Awards and Honors" acknowledges those Club members who have contributed above and beyond their regular memberships in 2018, and lists the prior recipients of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
  • Jane Albright writes an appreciation of Bill Thompson, the 2018 recipient of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
  • Sarah K. Crotzer writes about her favorite Oz book in "The Rescue of the Tin Woodman: An Appreciation".
  • "Men of Heart: A Song for Five Voices" interviews the creators of four different adaptations of the story of Nick Chopper:
  • "The Beginner's Guide to Oz Book Collecting" lists some important editions of The Tin Woodman of Oz that collectors may want to look for.
  • J. L. Bell examines the themes of The Tin Woodman of Oz in "Meat Glue".
  • A call for the whereabouts of original art from the Oz books, to be catalogued at https://www.lostartofoz.com/.
  • "Oz Under Scrutiny" takes an extensive look at contemporary reviews and other articles about The Tin Woodman of Oz.
  • Dina Schiff Massachi looks at Todrick Hall's visual album Straight Outta Oz, particularly how Hall interprets the Tin Woodman, in "Metal Malleable Male".
  • A link to a gallery of depictions of the Tin Woodman, "100 Years, 100 in Men".
  • In "Oz in the Arts":
    • The Wizard of Oz ballet in Kansas City, Missouri, back in October, reviewed by Paul Miles Schneider.
    • A children's theater production of Ozma of Oz in Arlington, Virginia in December, reviewed by Michael Gessel.
    • Scraps, a new play, in Chicago in September, reviewed by Carrie Hedges.
    • The Wizard of Oz on stage in Aurora, Illinois, over the holiday season, reviewed by Steve Smith.
    • A performance art adaptation of The Wizard of Oz in a London cemetery last July, reviewed by Nick Campbell.
    • The Chronicles of Oz podcast, so far having adapted the first two Oz books, reviewed by Jared Davis.
  • A call for Club members to share photos of any events they may go to this year to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the famous MGM film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Books presented in "The Bugle Review":
  • Patty Tobias and daughter Kate Koelle remember former Club President, Bugle editor, and L. Frank Baum Memorial Award winner Barbara Koelle, who passed away in 2018.
  • A call to fill the job of designer for the Bugle.
  • And finally, the preview for the next issue promises to reveal how the Smithsonian Institution has been taking care of its pair of Ruby Slippers, information on collecting Reilly and Britton's "Children's Stories That Never Grow Old" series, and the conclusion (at last!) on an earlier story about Oz puppetry.

There is a lot more in the envelope than the Bugle! Inserts include:

  • The latest issue of the revived Oz Gazette, with all the latest news and gossip straight from the Emerald City.
  • Summaries of many Oz events around the country in the summer of 2018.
  • A call for submissions to the Oz Club's annual contests for fiction, non-fiction, and art, with cash prizes.
  • Registration forms for this year's Oz: The National Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana; and OzCon International in Pomona, California.
  • Since this is the final issue of the 2018 membership year, a renewal form is enclosed.
  • A flyer for the Club's latest publication, Bibliographia Baumiana.
  • A charming Polychrome paper doll.



Rumor Control

(Because of the many questions I am asked about possible forthcoming Oz projects or other bits of pseudo-news, I have added this section to answer some of these inquiries.)


The previously announced release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of Wicked turns out to have been premature. Universal recently changed their planned release for December 19, 2019, from Wicked to Cats. So the Wicked movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, and aiming for a December 22, 2021 release.


The latest Oz project to be announced in Hollywood: Cheshire Crossing, the graphic novel by Andy Weir and Sarah Anderson, optioned by Amblin Partners. (See this report.)


Okay, yes, word has leaked out that Warner Bros. tried to talk Robert Zemeckis into directing a remake of The Wizard of Oz, using the same screenplay as the famous 1939 Judy Garland version. Zemeckis already rejected the idea. This probably puts the idea on the back burner for a while, and based on the extreme negative reaction the idea got, I suspect it will stay there. Rumors of this have surfaced again, but appear to be the result of someone finding the old story and running it again.


It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the currently planned Oz movie and television projects. Bear in mind that at this stage, most of it is speculation and/or not even in pre-production, or possibly even a game of "Telephone". But here are some of the current Oz movies that could be coming to your local theater in the next few years:

  • The Road to Oz, a movie biopic about the life of L. Frank Baum and how he created Oz, starring Eddie Redmayne as Frank. (See reports here and here.)
  • Dark Oz 3-D, based on the old Caliber comic book.
  • A non-musical, faithful adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from New Line and Temple Hill.
  • The Oz Wars, which would have the witches fighting for control of the Emerald City while the Wizard leads the resistance.
  • John Boorman's animated adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz seems to be on track for release — in France. Once it's released, an English-language release will likely come out soon afterwards. (However, in a recent interview, Boorman admitted that the project has stalled due to lack of funding.)
  • Oz: Return to the Emerald City was one of two possible competing projects at Warner Bros. This original sequel may now be shopped around to other studios, or turned into a novel.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a low-budget independent production from Barnyard Studios and Used Productions. This is very much a shoestring production, which is looking for money and actors. But its Kickstarter campaign to raise the last money it needed was a success, so it may be finished soon.
  • Legend of Oz, a modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz from Valley Wind Productions in Ottawa.
  • Oz, a new telling of The Wizard of Oz.
  • A still unnamed horror movie set in the 1920s with Dorothy meeting Alice in Bedlam Asylum.
  • Young Santa., based on L. Frank Baum's book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus and directed by Sean McNamara.
  • How the Wizard Came to Oz, based on two books by Donald Abbott.
  • Not entirely Oz, strictly speaking, but the Judy Garland biography Get Happy may be made into a movie, featuring Anne Hathaway as Garland.

And it's not limited to movies any more. In development for television:

  • Red Brick Road, a television series continuation of The Wizard of Oz in the style of Game of Thrones. The latest word is that this is being developed for the Lifetime channel.
  • Dorothy, an Oz-themed medical drama in development at CBS
  • Dorothy Must Die, in which Dorothy has returned to Oz and become a dictator, in development at the CW. This would be based on the book series of the same name.
  • Warriors of Oz, a post-apocalyptic version in development at Syfy.
  • A Wicked television miniseries, based on the original book (not the stage musical). Salma Hayak was attached to this as a producer. When last heard of, it was under development at ABC.

No, Peter Jackson is not producing or directing a billion-dollar all-CGI remake of The Wizard of Oz for Warner Bros. How do stories like this get started? Oh, maybe in stories like this...


In recent years, there have been proposals for other Oz or related projects, none of which now appear that they will get off the ground. Among them:

  • Lost in Oz, a series that was to feature Melissa George as a Kansas university student who is whisked to Oz sixty years after the events of The Wizard of Oz (The Movie) and helping to spearhead a rebellion against the new Wicked Witch of the West. Although developed for the WB and a pilot film produced, it was never picked up, nor the pilot shown. (But keep an eye out on auction sites, as a bootleg DVD sometimes shows up…)
  • A telelvision miniseries based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked, with Demi Moore in the title role. (There are stories that the people developing this version later pushed their involvement into the musical version now playing on Broadway and elsewhere.)
  • The O. Z., a hip-hop flavored re-telling of The Wizard of Oz for Fox. Among the rumored Dorothy's at one point were Brandy, Mya, and the late Aaliyah. Justin Timberlake, John Leuizamo, and Little Richard were mentioned for other parts.
  • Surrender Dorothy. Drew Barrymore as Dorothy's great-granddaughter coming to Oz, and battling the Wicked Witch of the West's granddaughter. (Rumors of this recently resurfaced, but were quickly squelched. This project is dead.)
  • Somewhere starring Elizabeth Taylor as Dorothy, now a grandmother, returning to Oz. The deaths of both Taylor and developer Rod Steiger means this is unlikely to ever happen.
  • Pamela West, where the Wicked Witch is the innocent victim and Dorothy (with Toto as a pit bull) is the evil interloper.
  • The Land of Oz (not based on the book of the same name), produced by Hallmark for NBC. This eventually became the basis for the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man.
  • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus from Circa Pictures. It's no longer listed on their website.
  • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus from Hyde Park Entertainment and Toonz Entertainment.
  • A Bollywood adaptation of The Wizard of Oz in India.
  • A movie version of American McGee's (later cancelled) Oz video game.
  • Geoff Ryman's Was.

If progress is made on any of these projects, such as actually going into production or a release date announced, the news will be posted as quickly as possible on this page. But at this stage, any of these going into production is very unlikely. (However, Tin Man was part of this list for some time before its eventual completion and broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel.)

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