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==December 4, 2017: ''Lost in Oz'' Nominated For Annie Award==
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==December 10, 2020: Chris Dulabone, 1964-2020==
Nominations for the Annie Awards, the highest honor given in the animation industry, were announced today. [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z89MYTI ''Lost in Oz''], the Amazon Prime series that has already won three Emmy awards, was nominated as Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children. It's competition is ''Buddy Thunderstruck'', ''Niko and the Sword of Light'', ''Tangled: The Series'', and ''We Bare Bears''. You can see the entire list of nominees at http://www.annieawards.org/nominees. The forty-fifth Annie Awards will be presented February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles.
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[[File:Chris_Dulabone.jpg|left]] Chris Dulabone, the prolific Oz author and publisher who blazed the trail for extracanonical Oz pastiches, died today after a long illness. He wrote and published his first Oz book, ''Toto of Oz'', in 1986 at a time when copyrights and technology made publishing new Oz books difficult. This proved to be the first of dozens of books Dulabone wrote or co-wrote, and in some cases even illustrated. He published his works, and those of others, under the imprint of Buckethead Enterprises of Oz, and opened the doors wide for who could write an Oz book, and just what an Oz book is anyway. He continued to write, illustrate, and publish books for decades as he reorganized his company as [https://sites.google.com/site/cowardlylionsite/Home Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends], until he recently had his books printed on demand via Lulu.com.
  
(UPDATE: February 3, 2018: The Annie for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children went to ''We Bare Bears''.)
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==November 7, 2017: ''The Baum Bugle'', Autumn 2017 and ''Oziana'' 2017==
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==November 23, 2020: Myrna Swensen, 1926-2020==
[[File:Bbugleautumn17.jpg|left]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the International Wizard of Oz Club's journal, is making its way to members now. This issue looks back at ''The Lost Princess of Oz'', celebrating its centennial this year; and the recent television series ''Emerald City'' and ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', among other topics.
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Myrna Swensen, the "Munchkin by marriage" who never got to go to Oz but was a big part of its legacy anyway has passed away. She was all set to play a Munchkin in ''The Wizard of Oz'', but illness prevented her from taking the job. She did marry a Munchkin, however, soldier Clarence Swensen, in 1945, and they raised three daughters. When the Munchkin actors were discovered by fans and began appearing at Oz events around the world, Myrna came along to support her husband, and was welcomed by Ozians everywhere. Even after Clarence passed away, Myrna kept going to Oz events for as long as she was able. She is survived by her three daughters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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(Family information courtesy [https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=myrna-myrle-swensen&pid=197182067 the ''Ausin American-Statesman''].)
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==November 20, 2020: David L. Greene, 1944-2020==
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[[File:David L Greene.jpg|right]]Oz scholar and founding member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, Dr. David L. Greene, passed away today. He was seventy-six years old and had been in declining health for some time. He and his twin brother, Douglas G. Greene, were two of the sixteen initial members of the International Wizard of Oz Club when it was started in 1957, and two of the youngest (only founder Justin Schiller was younger), but both quickly contributed much to the Club. David served as editor of the Club's journal, ''The Baum Bugle'', for many years, did extensive research in Oz bibliography, and founded the Club's Special Publications division. He also co-authored the popular book ''The Oz Scrapbook'' with Dick Martin, which came out in 1977. The Greene brothers were jointly awarded the International Wizard of Oz Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, in 1965. Outside of Oz, Greene taught English at Piedmont College in Georgia for thirty-seven years and retired as a Professor Emeritus. He was also interested in genealogy, wrote several books on the subject, was a Fellow and past President of the American Society of Genealogists, and edited ''The American Genealogist'' for twenty-five years. He is survived by his twin brother, Douglas; his non-twin brother, Paul; his wife, Jane; a son, a daughter, two stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.
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(Information courtesy [https://www.whitfieldfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/David-Greene-13/#!/Obituary the Whitfield Funeral Homes tribute page]. Photo courtesy [https://americangenealogist.com/ ''The American Genealogist''].)
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==November 1, 2020: Books of Wonder Moves==
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[https://booksofwonder.com/ Books of Wonder], the New York City children's bookstore that has been one of the greatest friends Oz has had for the past forty years, has moved! They lost their lease on their original location on 18th Street in Manhattan, but they were able to find a new location quickly, and it's really close. So now you can visit them at 42 West 17th St., just a block away. They're still in the process of completely unpacking, so there may be a few boxes lying around, but the shelves are full and the staff still knows their stuff. Their second location, at 217 West 84th St., is still there, too. But if you're not going to be in the neighborhood any time soon, they still have mail order, including [https://booksofwonder.com/collections/world-of-oz an extensive catalog of Oz items], many of which they've published themselves.
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==October 31, 2020: Sir Sean Connery, 1930-2020==
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Sir Sean Connery, the award-winning Scottish actor who most famously originated the role of James Bond on film, passed away today at his home in the Bahamas. He was 90 years old. Besides playing Bond in seven movies, Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in ''The Untouchables'', a Best Actor BAFTA for ''The Name of the Rose'' and a BAFTA Fellowship, and a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for ''The Untouchables'' as well as the Henrietta Award in 1972 as World Film Favorite — Male, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1995, a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He will also be remembered by Oz fans, however, as Zed, the main protagonist who brings death to an indolent immortal community in the 1974 cult classic film ''Zardoz''.
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(Information courtesy [https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54761824 the BBC] and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Connery Wikipedia].
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==October 30, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 2020 and ''Oziana'' 2020==
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[[File:bbautumn20.jpg|left]]Two important issues of International Wizard of Oz Club magazines are now available. All 2020 members of the Club should soon receive the Autumn 2020 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the triannual journal, with this issue celebrating thirty-five years of the 1985 Disney film ''Return to Oz'', with many never-before-published items from the Disney archives. Because of licensing agreements with Disney, this issue is strictly limited, and will likely not be available as a back issue or reprinted in the future, so this will be a particularly sought after issue.
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* The front cover features the Fab Five as depicted in the new series ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', [https://www.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series now streaming on the Boomerang website].
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* The front cover reproduces a concept painting by Michael Ploog of Dorothy meeting the Nome King in ''Return to Oz''.
* Interim editor John Fricke talks about the issue and what he's been doing this year, including aiding the Smithsonian Institution in [http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/help-reunite-dorothy-and-scarecrow restoring and preserving the Ruby Slippers] in his "From the Editor" column.
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* Both inside covers feature more ''Return to Oz'' concept art, these by Harley Jessup.
* New Club President Jane Albright outlined her relationship to Oz and the Club in her first column, "Oz Is Us", which includes:
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright waxes on how the coronavirus pandemic and cancellation of Oz events around the country has resulted in all kinds of new connections online, while ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer declares the magazine is bringing Halloween to its readers this year while listing the efforts of those to bring it together.
** The appointment of Sarah Crotzer as the new ''Bugle'' editor, starting with the Spring 2018 issue.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
** The publication of [http://shop.ozclub.org/category.sc;jsessionid=4CBF3C1F0488B027D3FF7CEFD0F4DCCC.p3plqscsfapp001?categoryId=6 ''Bibliographia Baumiana''], a bibliographic compendium of L. Frank Baum's non-Oz works (that has been in the works for a couple of decades now).
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** The passing of graphic designer Milton Glaser. As well as the iconic "I ❤️ NY" logo, he also gave the world the iconic design for the Broadway production of ''The Wiz'', showing a swirling dancer in silhouette.
* Among the latest treasures and tidbits uncovered by Jay Davis for "Oz and Ends":
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** Justin Schiller, founder of the International Wizard of Oz Club, announces the closing of his antiquarian and collectibles children's bookshop after more than six decades in business and [https://historical.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?N=1874+793+794+792+2088+4294943087&ic=Items-OpenAuctions-Open-BrowseTitle-071713 the auction of the remaining collection], at the same time he is appearing in [https://booksellersdocumentary.com/ ''The Booksellers''], a documentary about the New York City rare books community.
** Funko's Vynl line includes [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B073YD35BS/thewonderwizardo/ a set of Dorothy and the Scarecrow].
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** Reproductions of dust jackets for [https://www.dustjackets.com/advSearchResults.php?action=search&orderBy=author&category_id=0&keywordsField=Oz many editions of the Oz books] and [https://www.dustjackets.com/advSearchResults.php?action=search&orderBy=author&category_id=0&keywordsField=Frank+Baum other books by L. Frank Baum] are now available at (where else?) https://www.dustjackets.com/.
** LEGO minifigs of the Wicked Witch of the West and two flying monkeys are part of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XRX1GQX/thewonderwizardo/ ''The LEGO Batman Movie'' Ultimate Batmobile Kit] (!!!).
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** The International Wizard of Oz Club has loaned two pieces of original art, one by W. W. Denslow from ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' and one by John R. Neill from ''The Marvelous Land of Oz'', to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center of Newport News, Virginia, for the exhibit "Surrealism in Children's Books", a subexhibit of their current show, [https://pfac-va.org/exhibitions/ "Masters of Surrealism: Picasso, Dali, and Miro"].
** Organic Studios' [http://www.organicsstudio.com/our-inks/the-masters-of-writing-series/ Masters of Writing series of author-inspired inks] introduces L. Frank Baum Emerald Green.
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** ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', translated into Esperanto, was used as the data to test new techniques in storing information using DNA in experiments at the University of Texas.
** The Nickelodeon series ''Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn'' has an Oz-themed episode, [http://www.organicsstudio.com/our-inks/the-masters-of-writing-series/ "The Wizard of Quads"].
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** Despite the current pandemic, Oz venues such as [https://ozmuseum.com/ The Oz Museum] in Wamego, Kansas; [https://allthingsoz.org/ All Things Oz] in Chittenango, New York; and [https://www.landofoznc.com/ The Land of Oz theme park] in Beech Mountain, North Carolina have figured out ways to keep going.
** The 1987 anime series ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' is [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072ZPQ421/thewonderwizardo/ available in episode format on home video] at last!
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" remembers Oz luminaries Bill Edmonds, a long-time attendee of the Winkie Conventions; Timothy Graphenreed, co-writer of the musical numbers "Tornado" and "Emerald City (Pssst)" for ''The Wiz''; and Nancy Petrasko, sister of the late Fred Meyer, long time secretary of the International Wizard of Oz Club.
** The closure of the Great Movie Ride, with its Wicked Witch of the West and other Oz characters, at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios park.
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** "Through the Tube" found the following ''Return to Oz''-related videos on YouTube:
** ''Wicked'' surpassing ''The Phantom of the Opera'' to become Broadway's second highest grossing musical ever (only ''The Lion King'' is ahead of it).
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*** [https://youtu.be/CwekadgupW8 An interview with Pons Maar], the Head Wheeler (among other parts), from the "To Oz? To Oz!" virtual convention.
** New Oz stage productions:
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*** [https://youtu.be/oHhmlet_zCM Jean Marsh at the London Comic Con].
*** ''The Wizard of Oz'' from Starlight Village Players in Orinda, California.
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*** [https://youtu.be/0TB4JOyK0Ts Doug Aberle, an artist at Claymation], revealing the secrets behind the destruction of the Nome King, from this year's virtual version of OzCon International.
*** ''The Bricklayers of Oz'' by the Dance Crash Company of Chicago.
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* Sarah K. Crotzer praises the subject of this issue in "Outside Over There: In Praise of Walter Murch's ''Return to Oz''".
*** ''West End Bares'' Oz-themed nude revue ''Ruby Strippers'' in London's West End.
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* Nick Campbell looks at the life and career of the man who bent himself double to be the body of Tik-Tok in "Dancer in the Dark: Michael Sundin in Oz".
** Judy Garland's children, Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft, fulfilled a promise made to their mother by having her body reinterred in a new pavilion at the [http://www.hollywoodforever.com/ Hollywood Forever cemetery] in Los Angeles. Judy had been at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
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* Karen Diket examines some of the unpleasant underlying medical issues of the movie in "Unpleasant Dreams: The Role of Electroshock Therapy in ''Return to Oz''".
** Big Fish unveils their latest Oz-themed computer game, [https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/18170/bridge-to-another-world-escape-from-oz/?pc ''Escape from Oz''], for the Mac and PC.
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* Kevin M. Kern interviews an artist who worked on concept art and storyboards for ''Return to Oz'' in "Brooding and Beautiful: A Conversation with Harley Jessup". The article is illustrated with many examples of Jessup's ''Return to Oz'' work from the Disney archives, some reproduced in color, and most having never been published before.
* "''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz…please meet Lyman, Frank, and Wilhelmina" looks behind the scenes at [https://www.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series Boomerang's new Oz cartoon] (which the ''Bugle'' will review in the Winter 2017 issue).
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* Coyote Shook takes a different viewpoint on the movie in "30 Beautiful Heads: ''Return to Oz'' Through a Disability Lens".
* The original art for the newspaper syndication of ''The Lost Princess of Oz'' is discussed in "Behind the Ink: ''The Wonderful Stories of Oz'' Artwork".
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* Nick Campbell examines three different book versions of the same movie in "There Must Have Been Some Magic Words: Novelizations of ''Return to Oz''".
* Peter E. Hanff looks back at this year's centennial Oz book in "The Mystery of ''Three Girls in Oz''…and the Revisited Pleasures of a ''Lost Princess''".
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* Howard Berry talks to the director about his experience with ''Return to Oz'', among other career highlights involving one of Great Britain's most acclaimed film studios, in "Return to Elstree: Walter Murch and ''Oz'' at Elstree Studios".
* "Oz Under Scrutiny" looks at contemporary reviews of ''The Lost Princess of Oz'' from 1917.
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* And finally, the back cover reproduces a painting of the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion used as set dressing in ''Return to Oz''.
* Scott Cummings may have discovered the inspiration for the Herkus in a 1921 report from the ''Los Angeles Herald'' on athlete Gilbert Neville in "The Little Strong Man of Oz".
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* John Fricke looks back at another lost princess of Oz, as portrayed on television in 1960, in "'Lost' Princess—Different Adventure: Remembering Shirley Temple's ''The Land of Oz''".
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* Sarah Crotzer interviews the creator of the latest television version of Oz in "Scary, Bizarre, Weird, and Wonderful! Matthew Arnold Talks ''Emerald City''—and about Bringing Baum's Oz to a New Generation".
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* ''Bugle'' readers offer their comments on the show in "''Emerald City'' Redŭ".
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* "Adventures in Oz" profiles five Club members and how Oz has influenced their lives.
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* In "Multi-MediOz", Atticus Gannaway reviews [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MPYHA0V/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', performed by Jon Koons and Danielle Manente].
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* "The MGM Scrapbook" looks at ads and clippings from The Movie's premiere in 1939, as well as Hedda Hopper's column on her first visit to the set, when Buddy Ebsen was still playing the Tin Man.
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* "Oz in the Spotlight" features Sarah Crotzer's review of "''Lost in Oz'': Season One".
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* "The Oz Bookshelf" reviews or acknowledges the publication of several recent books:
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** The final two books in Danielle Paige's ''Dorothy Must Die'' series, [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062423835/thewonderwizardo/ ''Dorothy Must Die Stories Volume 3''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062423770/thewonderwizardo/ ''The End of Oz''], both reviewed by Dee Michel.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0692680950/thewonderwizardo/ ''Toto's Story: My Amazing Adventures with Dorothy in Oz'' by Steve Metzger], reviewed by Ron Baxley, Jr.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1608106845/thewonderwizardo/ ''The leadership Secrets of Oz'' by B. J. Gallagher and Ken Balnchard].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1138942057/thewonderwizardo/ ''Revisiting Imaginary Worlds''], a collection of essays with two Oz-themed entries.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1442278048/thewonderwizardo/ ''1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year'' by Thomas S. Hischak].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1544292619/thewonderwizardo/ ''Baum Ass Stories 2: Gayle Force'', edited by Roma Gray] (and yes, there is also a [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1519340478/thewonderwizardo/ volume 1]).
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1521371288/thewonderwizardo/ ''Behind the Emerald Door—The Wizard of Oz: The Untold Truth'' by Christopher Clay Lord].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1452152527/thewonderwizardo/ ''Cozy Classics: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', adapted by Jack and Holman Wang].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486812529/thewonderwizardo/ ''Crochet Stories: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' by Pat Olski].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0998706906/thewonderwizardo/ ''From Oz to Om: The Spiritual Journey Home'' by Tracy Flynn Bowe].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0722G7VXT/thewonderwizardo/ ''Getting Back to Oz 1: Winnie's Courage'' by Jess Reece].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1548090352/thewonderwizardo/ ''Haunting Fairy Tales 4: Wicked Witch'' by R. L. Weeks].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9627866229/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hong Kong Fairy Tales'' by Larry Feign].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0515157724/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kate and Mim-Mim: Kate in Oz'' by Lana Jacobs].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594749604/thewonderwizardo/ ''Literary Yarns: Crochet Products Inspired by Classic Books'' by Cindy Wang].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1522703659/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Marvelous Wonderland of Oz''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1543274218/thewonderwizardo/ ''Peter of Oz''], volumes 4 and 5 of Greg Gick's Oz-Wonderland series.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1544237413/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Prankster of Oz'' by John R. Rose].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1548331503/thewonderwizardo/ ''Return from Oz'' by Gregory Espy].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1888160942/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Swagger of Dorothy Gale and Other Filthy Ways to Strut'' by Sea Sharp].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1542868971/thewonderwizardo/ ''Trump versus Glinda: The Secret of Everything #Post-Truth'' by Scott W. Webb].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1492635995/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wanted'' by Betsy Schow].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1604337060/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz Coloring Book'' by Charles Santore].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0984067876/thewonderwizardo/ ''The "Wonderful" Wizard of Futhermucking Oz'' by Matt Youngmark].
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* "The Magic Picture" reports on recent Oz events around the country, including:
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** Oz on the Bayou 2017 in Houma, Louisiana, reported by Karen Diket.
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** Croppin' in Oz, an Oz-themed scrapbooking event in Sulphur, Louisiana, also reported on by Karen Diket.
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** Oz-Stravaganza 2017 in Chittenango, New York, reported by David Moyer.
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* Many Oz Club members shared their stories of Oz Club supemember Robin Olderman, who passed away in April, in "Robin Remembered".
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* And the back cover features a portrait of Adria Arjona as Dorothy in ''Emerald City'', wearing the Ruby Gauntlets.
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* David Bishop provides the front cover illustration, entitled On the Shores of keezer Lake".
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* A Tin Woodman marionette.
* Jack Pumpkinhead is having a bad day in "Angry Jack" by Sara Philips, illustrated by Emilee Philips.
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* The latest issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what their actual age is), which includes:
* A stream-of-consciousness recollection of Scraps entitled "Patchworked Memory", written and illustrated by Grace Willey.
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** A report on past Halloween shenanigans in Oz.
* Dorothy learns more about her first trip to Oz in "The Road Not Taken" by E. J. Hagadorn, with illustrations by Dennis Anfuso.
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** An editorial from the new editor, the Scarecrow, about how he thinks he's doing so far.
* Red Reera the Yookoohoo doesn't want another visit from Ervic in "Unsociable" by S. A. Samuelson, illustrated by David Bishop.
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** A look back at a popular movie in the Emerald City at this time of year, ''Return to Oz'' (1985).
* Grace Willey's back cover is entitled "Button Bright Finds a Peach Pit".
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** "Ask Glinda" sees a previous correspondent catching the sorceress up on what's happening to her, including her meeting with the Demon of Electricity.
Unlike ''The Baum Bugle'', which is sent only to Club members, anyone can buy ''Oziana'' [http://www.lulu.com/shop/l-frank-baum/oziana-2017/paperback/product-23400178.html just by going right here].
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** After an absence of about 115 years, the return of "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?"
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[[File:Oziana 2020.jpg|right]]Also out now is the Club's annual fiction anthology, ''Oziana''. The 2020 issue is of especial importance because this is the fiftieth issue. Unlike ''The Baum Bugle'', ''Oziana'' is available to anyone at any time, and can be ordered [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/oziana-2020/paperback/product-wq98jd.html at this link].
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* The front cover by Able Tong features many favorite Oz characters dressed to the nines in celebration of Oz's 120th anniversary and the fiftieth issue of ''Oziana''.
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* "Zinnia's Wish" by Suren Oganessian, with illustrations by Mitchell Mayle, sees a Flutterbudget named Zinnia coming to the Emerald City in an effort to fulfill her heart's desire, but it's probably not something much of the rest of Oz wants. (Mayle also provides a color illustration for the story on the back cover.)
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* "A Use for Jack's Pumpkins" is the first recipe ever published in ''Oziana''.
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* "Dinner at the Del" by Robert Baum tells of a meeting between the author's great-grandfather and an old sailor at the Hotel Del Coronado that would have long-reaching effects.
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* "The Wizards of Silver and Gold in Oz: Part 1" by Nathan DeHoff and Joe Bongiorno, illustrated by Dennis Anfuso, tells a tale of Quiberon and an ozoplane. And yes, it ends on a cliffhanger, to be resolved in the 2021 issue.
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* "Polychrome's Sky School" by Paul Dana, illustrate by Sam Milazzo, shows us just how Polychrome learned how to do magic.
 
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==August 5, 2017: The L. Frank Baum Memorial Award==
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==August 15, 2020: International Wizard of Oz Club Awards==
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This evening, the International Wizard of Club presented its annual awards at 2Oz? 2Oz! which is this year's national Oz convention, held online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winners are:
  
==July 26, 2017: June Foray, 1917-2017==
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* The Fred Otto Prize for short fiction went to "The Flutterbudget Revolt" by Suren Oganessian in first place, and "''The Sea Fairies'' Lost Chapter: Trot and the Sleeper" by Erica Olivera in second.
Perhaps the greatest and most prolific of voice actors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Foray June Foray] passed away today at the age of 99 (only 54 days short of her 100th birthday). Although still working well into her nineties, Foray had been in declining health the last two years, particularly after a 2015 auto accident. Anyone who has ever watch cartoons probably has heard her voice. Among [http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/June-Foray/ her many, many roles] were Lucifer the Cat in ''Cinderella'' (her first voiceover job) and Grandmother Fa in ''Mulan'' for Disney; Granny, Witch Hazel, and Miss Prissy for Warner Bros.; Splinter and Knothead in the ''Woody Woodpecker'' cartoons; Cindy Lou Who in ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas''; and stints in shows ranging from ''Mr. Magoo'' to ''The Simpsons''. She was even [https://youtu.be/s_evUn1c7bQ the voice of Betty Rubble in the original pilot for ''The Flintstones''], and Talky Tina in the "Living Doll" episode of ''The Twilight Zone'' (a take-off on her earlier work as the voice of the original Chatty Cathy doll). She will probably be best known, however, for her work with Jay Ward, where she voiced Nell in ''Dudley Do-Right'', Ursula in ''George of the Jungle'', Marigold in ''Tom Slick'', and Rocky the Squirrel and Natasha Fatale in ''The Bullwinkle Show''. Among her credits was the 1967-68 MGM anthology series [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off_to_See_the_Wizard ''Off to See the Wizard''], in which June was the voice of Dorothy (as seen in the clip below) and the Wicked Witch of the West, alongside fellow voiceover icons Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, and Don Messick.
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* The C. Warren Hollister Prize for non-fiction went to "No Place Like Oz" by Kathryn Sadakierski in first place, and “Lessons in Personality Integration from the Movies ''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''The Wiz''” by Mackenzie Littledale winning second place.
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Among her other achievements, she started the Hollywood chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (which later made her the recipient of its first June Foray Award); helped create [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Award the Annie Awards], which she later won two of; lobbied the Oscars to include a category for animated features; and has won the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Inkpot Award, and both an Emmy and the Governor's Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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She was often compared to the equally prolific Mel Blanc, but the legendary cartoon producer Chuck Jones (who was in charge of the animated segments of ''Off to See the Wizard'') said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc is the male June Foray."
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And the Club's highest award, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, for contributions to Oz and the Club's mission, went to Gina Wickwar, author of ''The Hidden Prince of Oz'' and ''Toto of Oz'', and short stories for ''Oziana'', as well as her work for the Club as Secretary and in other capacities. Here's the video of the presentation, with testimonials and reactions:
  
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==July 1, 2017: The 2017 Winkie Award==
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[[File:John Fricke Winkie 2017.jpg|right|300px]]OzCon International gave its highest award tonight, for contributions to the convention and Oz in general, to John Fricke. The award-winning author and Oz and Judy Garland expert has contributed to many programs and events at the convention for over thirty years, despite being an infrequent visitor to the west coast. Congratulations to John!
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==August 1, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2020 issue==
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[[File:Bbspring20.jpg|600 px|right]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now in the mail and making its way towards members. This is the first issue of the 2020 membership year, with the current COVID-19 pandemic no doubt contributing to the usual problems the ''Bugle'' has to keeping to its intended schedule.
  
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* The covers celebrate the ''Broadway Celebrates Oz'' photograph series, with Dorothy and her friends on the front cover, the Wicked With of the West on the back, and costume sketches and designs on the inside covers.
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* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright and ''Baum Bugle'' editor Sarah Krotzer talk about the latest Oz issues.
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* "The Bugle Bulletin" brings us news of:
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** The #LivingRoomTheatre challenge by ''Playbill'' magazine, and [https://www.playbill.com/article/our-top-3-videos-from-week-1-of-the-livingroomtheatre-challenge the Ozzy results of the first week].
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' takes on a new cinematic life during the coronavirus pandemic as a staple at drive-in theaters, as well as in movie theaters in Japan.
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** [https://www.facebook.com/ArtistTimWolak/ The Oz art of Tim Wolak].
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** [https://www.dropbox.com/s/65azjnd7wb1qmf6/OTR%20Full%20Virtual%20Message.mp4 ''Over the Rainbow: The Rock Ballet''] is used as a call for social justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
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** A tribute to Hollywood icons, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, as [https://www.whio.com/news/centerville-native-paints-mural-plaza-theatre-miamisburg-reopening/3CSQ5ODOUVCM7CGJOYXBJHTBFI/ a mural in Miamisburg, Ohio].
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** The new webcomic [https://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/webtoon-greenlight/escape-from-oz-13/viewer?title_no=1988&episode_no=22&webtoonType=WEBTOON&ogTagImageUrl=%2F20200626_107%2F1593111138089n3Gzr_JPEG%2F04_EC9E91ED9288EC8381EC84B8_mobile.jpg%3Ftype%3Dcrop540_540 ''Escape from Oz''].
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** "Through the Tube" presents the latest Oz findings on YouTube:
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*** [https://youtu.be/KmZ-r229IiQ Family home movies from the 1970s of the Land of Oz theme park in North Carolina].
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*** [https://youtu.be/EB2PTkMPfco a tour of Dorothy's House], the tourist attraction in Liberal, Kansas.
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*** [https://youtu.be/fGzJo4Hzkw0 The Spirit of Oz troupe performing at Storybook Land] in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" notes the passing in March of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Schramm_(actor) actor David Schramm]; best known as Roy Biggins in ''Wings'', he also played W. W. Denslow in the 1990 TV movie ''The Dreamer of Oz''.
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* "Broadway Melody of Oz" looks at the ''Broadway Celebrates Oz'' photograph series, how it came about, and how it came together (including a link to [https://www.broadwaybox.com/daily-scoop/category/broadway-celebrates-oz/ more photos, video, and commentiary]).
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* "Collecter's Corner" by David Diket looks at the View-Master's reels of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Anil Tambwekar looks at the career of a noted children's author of the twentieth century and her near brush with the Emerald city in "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Augusta_Dickerson Mary Dickerson Donahey]: Almost Royal Historian of Oz".
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* In his "Lost Art of Oz" column, Brady Schwind looks at the illustrations that became the pages 170-171 double-page spread of ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz''.
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* Michael Gessel tells the story of the creation and growth of [https://hollandozproject.com/ a park exhibit on the shores of Lake Michigan devoted to Oz] in "The Holland Oz Project".
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* [https://americanstudies.uncc.edu/dina-massachi-ma Dina Schiff Massachi] presents a round up of students from her class about ''The Wizard of Oz'' at UNC-Charlotte in "Tomorrow's Scholars Today".
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* "Oz Under Quarantine! Oz Community Events—At Home" presents a round-up of how Oz events worldwidewide, not being able to gather in person this year, have shifted gears and presented virtual events.
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* Reviewed in "Oz in the Arts":
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** [https://hitthebricks.com/ ''Hit the Bricks''], the podcast telling a new tale about Oz.
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** [https://smile.amazon.com/Fantastic-Journey-Alyson-Leigh-Rosenfeld/dp/B086V2YTM3/ ''Fantastic Journey to Oz''], the English-dubbed and re-Ozzified version of the Russian animated film version of ''Урфин Джюс и его Деревянные Солдаты''. This is set up as an original sequel to ''The Wizard of Oz'' in which Dorothy's namesake granddaughter goes to Oz to help the Scarecrow overthrow an evil magician and his band of wooden soldiers who have overtaken the country.
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* In "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/039958207X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Cheshire Crossing'' by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen], reviewed by Peter Schulenberg.
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/the-haunted-castle-of-oz/hardcover/product-1567egpj.html ''The Haunted Castle of Oz'' by Marcus Mébès, illustrated by Kamui Ayami], reviewed by Alan Wise
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** ''What Is the Story of'' The Wizard of Oz''?'' by Kirsten Andersen, illustrated by Robert Squier'', reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** The new SeaWolf Press editions of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433290/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Royal Book of Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433266/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kabumpo in Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433274/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Cowardly Lion of Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433282/thewonderwizardo/ ''Grampa in Oz''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433304/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Sea Fairies''], noted by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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* "Adventures in Oz" looks back at [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_in_Concert:_Dreams_Come_True ''The Wizard of Oz in Concert''] twenty-five years after its debut, written by Christina Maffa. (And if you've never seen this all-star benefit production of ''The Wizard of Oz'', this is your chance!)
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==May 27, 2017: ''The Baum Bugle'', Spring 2017==
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Also coming along with this issue:
[[File:Bbspring17.jpg|center|800px]]Now back from the printers and making its way to members mailboxes is the Spring 2017 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club. If you have not received this issue yet, you're not a member of the Club for 2017, so [http://shop.ozclub.org/category.sc;jsessionid=76688A88A1E8564A683CB8E847A850CD.qscstrfrnt03?categoryId=8 renew (or become a member for the first time) now!]
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* A flyer for this year's national Oz convention, [https://ozis.us/ To Oz? To Oz!], being held for the first time online.
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* This issue's craft is a paper version of one of the Three Adepts at Magic, from ''Glinda of Oz'', in the form of a fish. (Which fish it is depends on how you color it!)
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* And ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (of all ages) features:
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** An interview with Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter.
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** A look back at the 1939 MGM film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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** A contest to draw the Jitterbug.
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** The Scarecrow, the new editor of ''The Oz Gazette'', introduces himself in the Editorial.
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** The news flash that Aujah, one of the Three Adepts, decided to go exploring the world by becoming a fish again.
  
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* The wraparound cover presents highlights of the St. Louis Municipal Opera's productions of ''The Wizard of Oz'' from 1992 (on the left/back cover), featuring Phyllis Diller as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the 2016 production on the right/front cover.
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* New (and returning) interim editor John Fricke talks about his connections to Oz and the ''Bugle'' in "From the Editor".
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* Outgoing Club president Carrie Hedges gives some final reflections in her final "OZervations" column.
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* Short items covered in "Oz and Ends":
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** NBC's cancellation of the ''Emerald City'' television series.
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** The debut of [https://www.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz''] on Boomerang.
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** A man in Essex buying a pair of Ruby Slippers for his wife off eBay—a giant pair that had been used in a display outside of Harrod's in 2009!
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** The forthcoming publication of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0008252564/thewonderwizardo/ ''Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz''] by Michael Morpurgo.
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** New Line Cinema has bought a pitch for a ''Wizard of Oz''-themed horror story from Mike Van Waes. (Don't panic, it hasn't even entered pre-production yet, and may never make it to the screen.)
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** Rifftrax puts its own unique commentary to the 1969 kiddie matinée movie [http://www.rifftrax.com/the-wonderful-land-of-oz ''The Wonderful Land of Oz''].
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** New [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06VVFBMBK/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wizard of Oz'' nesting dolls].
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** A $1,000 reward being offered for the missing Oz-themed stepping stones and headstone of a deceased Oz fan in Georgia.
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** Judy Garland's original 1939 single version of "Over the Rainbow" and the original 1975 Broadway cast recording of ''The Wiz'' were both inducted into the [https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/recording-registry/complete-national-recording-registry-listing/ National Recording Registry].
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** John R. Neill's original drawing for the chapter head of Chapter 3 of ''Tik-Tok of Oz'' recently sold at auction for $3,800
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* Sarah Crotzer examines what went wrong with television's latest visit to Oz in "Last Night When We Were Young: An Autopsy of NBC's ''Emerald City''".
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* "Entering the New '[https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1481469711/thewonderwizardo/ Ages of Oz': An Interview with Gabriel Gale" looks at the new book series and its creator.
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* John Fricke continues his look at the many versions of ''The Wizard of Oz'' presented by the St. Louis Municipal Opera in "Magical, Musical Muny (Part Two): How a Blend of Baum and MGM First Came to the Stage…and Endured".
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* Five Oz fans reflect on how they discovered Oz and how it's affected their lives in "Adventures in Oz".
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* "The MGM Scrapbook" returns, and goes "Back to the Beginning…" examining the history of scholarship and fandom surrounding The Movie, as well as Arthur Freed's notes from a meeting, early in 1938, looking at possible casting and other ideas, and the matte painting of Dorothy and her friends approaching the gates of the Emerald City.
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* "The Oz Bookshelf" reviews and lists several recently published books:
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/163140704X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' by L. Frank Baum, newly illustrated by Eric Shanower], reviewed by Jane Albright.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0399186212/thewonderwizardo/ ''Short'' by Holly Goldberg Sloan], reviewed by Angelica Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1535364459/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adult Coloring Book: Wonderful Wizard of Oz''].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1365331768/thewonderwizardo/ ''After Th'Oz: A Collection of Mostly Fictional Afterthoughts on the Land of Oz'' by Ron Bexley, Jr.]
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/194139308X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop'' by Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1626923949/thewonderwizardo/ ''Color the Classics: The Wizard of Oz: A Coloring Book Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road'' by Jae-Eun Lee].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/153079224X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Dorothy and the Four Corners of Magic''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1535317159/thewonderwizardo/ ''Dorothy and the City of Green Glass''] by Red Reyna, the first two thirds of the Topaz Road Trilogy.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991184238/thewonderwizardo/ ''Dorothy Jones: A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz'' by Claudia Helena Ross].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1466318155/thewonderwizardo/ ''Dorothy, Part 1: The Heart and the Demn'' by Jaime Bice].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1944251693/thewonderwizardo/ ''En Otro Oz: Poems'' by Chantel Acevedo].
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** A new edition of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593931077/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hollywood's Babe: Dancing Through Oz'' by Caren Marsh-Doll] (Judy Garland's stand-in during production of The Movie).
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/148111638X/thewonderwizardo/ ''If I Only Had a Brain: A Modern-Day Journey to "Oz"'' by Colette A. Finney].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1534668977/thewonderwizardo/ ''Lacy Sunshine's Oz Coloring Book'' by Heather Valentin].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0692670394/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Librarian Book 1: Little Boy Lost'' by Eric Hobbs].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/194573101X/thewonderwizardo/ ''My Besties of Oz Coloring Book'' by Sherri Baldy].
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** ''Nomes of Oz'' by James C. Wallace ii and Amanda D. Wallace.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1504339967/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oh, My God! Moving Beyond the Emerald City'' by Javier J. Farias].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1532875037/thewonderwizardo/ ''TheOther Wizard of Oz'' (Shadow of Oz Volume 3) by Nick Damon].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1536999830/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz Sucks'' by Becky Pourchot].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1682564347/thewonderwizardo/ ''Quoting Matilda: The Words and History of a Forgotten Suffragist'' by Susan Savion].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1533068801/thewonderwizardo/ ''There's No Place Like Home: Hope and Help on Your Journey Toward Heaven'' by Chris Lohrstorfer].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1365158926/thewonderwizardo/ ''Tinker Smith and the Conspiracy of Oz'' by Solitaire Parke].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1524606391/thewonderwizardo/ ''Toto's Tale'' by Shannon K. Mazurick].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1945987103/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wastelands of Oz'' (Return to Oz Volume 1) by by Kasey Hill].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1523932686/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz: The 1903 Musical Comedy: Complete Book and Lyrics''].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1535230282/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz as a Parable'' by Steve Adams].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/2733839241/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz Big Picture Book''' adapted by Anouk Filippini and illustrated by Elodie Coudray].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1454920939/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz Coloring Book'' by Fabiana Attanasio].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1530056772/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz Coloring Book'' by Nora Begona].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/069262340X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Woe Is Oz Adult Coloring Book, Volume 1'' by Ethan Tarshish].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1523679921/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Andrew of Oz: A "Color with Me" Adventure'' by Keith White, Jr.]
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1533367876/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Bacon'' by Anonymous Connoisseur of Bacon].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1539384918/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Zombies of Oz'' by Dan Aitken].
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* "The Magic Picture" sees Scott Cummings looking at the "Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz" exhibit at [http://www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org/ The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures] (still running, through August 20) in Kansas City, Missouri.
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* "In Memoriam" remembers the life of longtime, devoted Oz fan and Oz Club member [http://ozclub.org/about-us/l-frank-baum-memorial-award-winners/robin-olderman/ Robin Olderman].
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==July 18, 2020: The 2020 Winkie Award==
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OzCon International, the world's longest running Oz event, met for the first time online as a virtual event, due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This did not prevent the convention from presenting its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to Colin Ayres. Colin only started attending OzCon relatively recently, but he quickly jumped in and involved himself deeply, putting on many panels and presentations. Two years ago, he became vice chair, succeeding as chair last year, and decided to serve as chair again for a second year. Little did he know that one of the decisions he would have to make would be to cancel the convention and move it all online! But even before that happened, his fellow OzCon attendees voted him as the one who deserves the award.
  
==April 30, 2017: ''Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure'' wins three Emmy Awards==
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[[File:LSOZ_BoxArt-m.jpg|center|400px]]The Amazon Prime series, ''Lost in Oz'', hasn't even come out in its entirety yet, but already it is an award winner. The second outing of the series, [https://smile.amazon.com/Lost-in-Oz-Extended-Adventure/dp/B00Z89OAFY// ''Extended Adventure''], a compilation of the first three episodes, today won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program, beating out ''Milo Murphy's Law'', ''Dragons: Race to the Edge'', ''LEGO Satr Wars: The Freemaker Adventures'', and ''The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show''. If that weren't enough, the day before it also won two awards at the Creative Arts awards, for technical achivements. ''Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure'' won the awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing—Animation and Oustanding Sound Editing—Animation. (It had also been nominated for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special and Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, but it lost both awards to ''Trollhunters''.)
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==April 17, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'', Winter 2019 issue==
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The final issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has come out for the 2019 membership year. Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the printers were not able to print the issue in a timely manner; so, in an unprecedented move, the Club sent out the issue to Club members as a .pdf file via e-mail. ('''UPDATE''', May 9: The printer has come through, and the print version is now making its way into members' mailboxes.) This marks the end of the 2019 membership year, and members are encouraged to [https://shop.ozclub.org/product-category/iwoc-membership/ renew their memberships for 2020] soon.
  
==April 26, 2017: Merle "Robin" Olderman, 1944-2017==
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* The front cover reproduces Michael Herring's painting for the 1981 Del Rey edition of ''The Magic of Oz''—appropriate, as 2019 marks the centennial of L. Frank Baum's penultimate Oz book, ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* The inside front cover is one of John R. Neill's color plates from ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* The first page, besides the indicia and table of contents, reproduces an illustration by Leonid Vladimirsky from ''Волшебник Изумрудного Города'' (''The Wizard of the Emerald City'').
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright seeks contributors who can update [https://ozclub.org/oz-timeline/ the Oz Timeline], while ''Bugle'' Editor-in-Chief Sarah K. Crotzer previews the issue at hand and how it came about.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The 2017 Russian animated film ''Fantastic Journey to Oz'' has spawned a sequel, ''Урфин Джюс бозбращаемся'' (''Fantastic Return to Oz''), based on the Magic Land book ''The Fiery God of the Marrans''.
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** The debut of the new Oz dramatic podcast, [https://hitthebricks.com/ ''Hit the Bricks''].
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** A Yellow Brick Sidewalk is being constructed in Chicago that leads to 1167 N. Humboldt Blvd., where L. Frank Baum wrote ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' when he lived in a house that is no longer there. (The sidewalk will end at a mural commemorating the creation of Oz.)
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** [https://www.broadwaybox.com/daily-scoop/category/broadway-celebrates-oz/ "Broadway Celebrates Oz"] is a photographic exhibit celebrating the eightieth anniversary of the famous film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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** An exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library, "The Autograph Book of L. A.", includes a contribution by L. Frank Baum from 1908 (several years before he moved to the area himself).
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** A new Oz book, [https://github.com/NaNoGenMo/2018/issues/61 ''The Valley Girl of Oz, Bjork Bjork Bjork''], that involves running ''The Emerald City of Oz'' through a computer algorithm that changed the descriptions to, like, Valleyspeak, while the dialogue was rendered into Swedish Chef.
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** "Through the Tube" presents an all-commercials collection of Oz clips on YouTube:
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*** [https://youtu.be/7_nJjI_aVrM White Lily cornmeal mix (1987)]
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*** [https://youtu.be/IdH--kRrLdo Energizer batteries (1993)]
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*** [https://youtu.be/fJw33PFUS7U Chef Boyardee (2006)]
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* In "Awards and Honors":
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** Ozma's Honor Roll for 2019, those Club members who have gone above and beyond the Club's regular membership rates to give more to the Club.
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** The list of recipients of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award is updated with the 2019 winner, Bill Beem.
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** Part of Renée Zellweger's acceptance speech for her Oscar, portraying Judy Garland in ''Judy'', is printed.
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* Dennis Wilson Wise writes about the history of magic words, with emphasis on the ones used in the Oz books, in "Pyrzqxgl, or How to Do Things with Magic Words".
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* In a new regular feature, "The Lost Art of Oz", Brady Schwind looks at the development of Dick Martin's 1960 dust jacket for ''The Magic of Oz''. (The inside and outside back covers of this issue reprints some of Martin's preliminary work for the jacket.)
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* Ian Davis Smith writes about renowned Chinese magician Ching Ling Foo and his performance for the Uplifters—whose members included L. Frank Baum—in "A Magic Night with the Uplifters".
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* The short story "The Believing Child" by Zenna Henderson, first published in 1970, is reprinted to celebrate both its own fiftieth birthday and the centennial of the book that causes the problems in the story, ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* "Oz Under Scrutiny" looks at the original 1919 reviews and reactions to ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* "Monuments of Magic Land" looks at monuments to characters created by Aleksandr Volkov, for his very Oz-like Magic Land series, in Tomsk, Slovakia and Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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* The examination of the Smithsonian Institution's efforts to preserve their pair of Ruby Slippers concludes in part two of "Keep Them Ruby: Following the Steps of the Ruby Slippers" by Jonathan Shirshekan.
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* "A Beginner's Guide to Collecting" celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the most watched movie in history with an examination of some of the earliest collectibles for the 1939 film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Cynthia Ragni gives a preview of [http://www.ozconvention.org/ the Club's big annual event] in "Arts and Crozfts: Come to the 2020 OzClub Convention".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Fadia Mereani reviews one of the first big musicals to tour Saudi Arabia, [https://wizardofoztour.com/ ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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* "The Bugle Review" reviews and notes of several new books, including:
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733715150/thewonderwizardo/ ''Immortal Longings of Oz'' by Paul Dana], reviewed by Mari Ness.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080717047X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Amazons in America: Matriarchs, Utopians, and Wonder Women in U. S. Popular Culture'' by Keira V. Williams], reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1732431736/thewonderwizardo/ ''Book Restoration Unveiled: An Essential Guide for Bibliophiles'' by Sophia S. W. Bogle], reviewed by Cynthia Ragni.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190663170/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions fromBaum to MGM and Beyond'', edited by Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1096980266/thewonderwizardo/ ''Beyond Oz: A Crazy Ink Anthology'', edited by Erin Wolf].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/138781320X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Cardboard King in Oz'' by Gil S. Joel].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486821676/thewonderwizardo/ ''Creative Haven Wizard of Oz Designs Coloring Book'' by Marty Noble].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486821676/thewonderwizardo/ ''Delusions Beyond the Deadly Desert: A Novella'' by Lisa Valenti].
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** [http://thewizardofoz.info/wiki/Dunkiton_Press ''Dunkiton Press #26: The Perhappsy Chaps #6'', ''Dunkiton Press #27: Mice #1'' and ''Dunkiton Press #28: Mice #2'' by Ruth Plumly Thompson, edited by Ruth Berman].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1701012324/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emerald City Academy, Book 1: Sentinels of Oz''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1709524154/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emerald City Academy, Book 2: Francesca, the Great and Terrible'' by J. B. Trepagnier].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062348779/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow'' by Peter Guzzardi].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1387080156/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Fairy Wand of Oz'' by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Carol P. Silva].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1718060718/thewonderwizardo/ ''Forever in Oz'' by Matthew J. Norcross].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1707291365/thewonderwizardo/ ''Frankenstein's Monster in Oz'' by Carl Scott Harker].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733715118/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Haunted Castle of Oz'' by Marcus Mébès].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1985795833/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hidden Heroes of Oz, Book 1: Chopper''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/198579585X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hidden Heroes of Oz, Book 2: Guardian Martyr'' by Tarl Telford].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1075254914/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 1: The Ruby Fortress''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1076195202/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 2: The Quartz Tower''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1079218130/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 3: The Prism City'' by Carrie Whitehorne].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991199197/thewonderwizardo/ ''Lost Histories from the Royal Librarian of Oz'' by Joe Bongiorno].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1070784745/thewonderwizardo/ ''Mr. Wizardo'' by Eva Pasco].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0998058254/thewonderwizardo/ ''O. Z. Diggs Himself Out'' by Ron Baxley, Jr.]
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1574330489/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ozhouse Reopened: The Curse of Budistiltskin'' by Alan Lindsay and Dennis Anfuso].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0545953227/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ozland (Everland, Book 3)'' by Wendy Spinale].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1492868116/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Red Brick Road'' by Robert P. Wills].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/3030065901/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Wicked: The Marketing and Consumption of Oz from L. Frank Baum to Broadway'' by Kent Drummond, Susan Aronstein, and Terri L. Rittenburg].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/royal-explorers-of-oz-book-4-hb/hardcover/product-12qjmgmv.html ''The Royal Explorers of Oz, Book 4: Into the Wild'' by Marcus Mébès and Alejandro Garcia].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1790107229/thewonderwizardo/ ''Salma and the Play from Oz'' by Jodie Nikela].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1698839413/thewonderwizardo/ ''Shakespeare's Oz'' by Jordan Monsell] (with apologies to William Shakespeare).
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1729226663/thewonderwizardo/ ''Stairway to Oz'' by Robin Hess].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1093389028/thewonderwizardo/ ''Theodore Gale in Oz'' by KuroKoneko Kamen].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1387742892/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Umbrellaphant in Oz'' by Carol P. Silva and Marin Elizabeth Xiques].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/shop/marin-elizabeth-xiques-and-chris-dulabone/under-the-influence-of-oz/paperback/product-24186547.html ''Under the Influence of Oz'' by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0998479861/thewonderwizardo/ ''Upon the Name of Oz'' by Charles Shearer].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1524788309/thewonderwizardo/ ''What Is the Story of The Wizard of Oz?'' by Kirsten Anderson].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1790753031/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Origins''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1796683167/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Gambit''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1097738329/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Rebel'' by Paula Black].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1980391939/thewonderwizardo/ ''Witch Queens: Tales from Oz'' by S. Cinders].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/172632558X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Animated World of The Wizard of Oz'' by Kevin Scott Collier].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1643723243/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Poster Coloring Book'' by Victoria Marble].
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* In "Adventures in Oz", Zoe O'Haillin-Berne tells the story of how her cosplaying at Oz festivals led to founding a traveling character troupe.
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Also included with this issue:
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* A 2020 membership form (for those who don't want to renew their membership online).
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* A registration form for the National Oz Convention.
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* The third part of the Emerald City toy theatre.
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* An "Oz Live 2019" supplement, reporting on:
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** The 2019 National Oz Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
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** Oz-Stravaganza! in Chittenango, New York.
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** The Quadling Convention in Moore, Oklahoma.
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** The Judy Garland Festival and Children's Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
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** The Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival in Ionia, Michigan.
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** OzCon International in Pomona, California.
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** Autumn in Oz in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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** Oztoberfest in Wamego, Kansas.
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** Ohio Oz Fest in Twinsburg, Ohio.
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* The latest issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what age their birth certificate might say), featuring:
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** A new expedition for Trot and Cap'n Bill.
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** Dorothy's final "Editorial", as she's handing over the reins as Editor in Chief to the Scarecrow.
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** The conclusion to the biography of L. Frank Baum.
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** A play written by the Scarecrow, relating some of the events of ''The Magic of Oz''.
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** In "Ask Glinda", the sorceress and some of her friends answer the question, "How do I get to Oz?"
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Merle "Robin" olderman, a longtime member of and contributor to the International Wizard of Oz Club and its conventions, passed away today at the age of 72 in Kansas City, Missouri. A retired Houston English teacher, Robin joined the Inetrnational Wizard of Oz Club in 1969, but was reluctant to attend a convention until talked into it by fellow member Jim Haff in 1974—and she never stopped. Robin was a mainstay at all three of the Club's regional conventions, as well as the National Convention when it started, and helped out with auctions, plays, and anywhere else she could. She also became an active leader within the Club, serving many stints on the board of directors, contributing to ''The Baum Bugle'' and other Club publications, editing ''The Oz Game Book'', and serving as editor of the Club's literary magazine, ''Oziana'', for fifteen years. For her many contributions, Olderman received the Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, in 1988. Predeceased by her husband Jeff in 2009, she is survived by her two daughters and their families.
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(Image of Robin Olderman with her L. Frank Baum Memorial Award courtesy [http://ozclub.org/ the International Wizard of Oz Club].)
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==February 9, 2020: ''Judy'' and the 2019 Movie Awards Season==
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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 in the film ''Judy''. 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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* 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''.)
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* The film was one of the top ten independent films named by the National Board of Review.
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There is now a release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'': December 20, 2019. This is still subject to change, but an announced date is a good sign. Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book of the play, is working on the script, and the composer, Stephan Schwartz, is arranging the music (and probably writing a new song or two). No casting announcements have been made yet.
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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—''again''. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shuffling release schedules around, the original first-postponed December 22, 2021 release date was given over to ''Sing 2''. So the ''Wicked'' movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, although it has no definitive release date yet. The delay was so long that director Stephen Daldrey left the project on October 20, 2020.
  
 
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Reports of Jerry Maren's death on February 29, 2016, are false. The last little person to play a Munchkin in The Movie, he is still alive and kicking and, unlike the reports saying it, does not have cancer.
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The latest Oz projects 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]); and an animated musical adaptation of the book ''Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz'', where the story is told from Toto's point of view, to be produced at Warner Bros. (see [https://deadline.com/2020/10/toto-the-dog-gone-amazing-story-of-the-wizard-of-oz-animated-pic-in-the-works-at-warner-bros-1234596757/ this source]).
  
 
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December 10, 2020: Chris Dulabone, 1964-2020

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Chris Dulabone, the prolific Oz author and publisher who blazed the trail for extracanonical Oz pastiches, died today after a long illness. He wrote and published his first Oz book, Toto of Oz, in 1986 at a time when copyrights and technology made publishing new Oz books difficult. This proved to be the first of dozens of books Dulabone wrote or co-wrote, and in some cases even illustrated. He published his works, and those of others, under the imprint of Buckethead Enterprises of Oz, and opened the doors wide for who could write an Oz book, and just what an Oz book is anyway. He continued to write, illustrate, and publish books for decades as he reorganized his company as Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends, until he recently had his books printed on demand via Lulu.com.



November 23, 2020: Myrna Swensen, 1926-2020

Myrna Swensen, the "Munchkin by marriage" who never got to go to Oz but was a big part of its legacy anyway has passed away. She was all set to play a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, but illness prevented her from taking the job. She did marry a Munchkin, however, soldier Clarence Swensen, in 1945, and they raised three daughters. When the Munchkin actors were discovered by fans and began appearing at Oz events around the world, Myrna came along to support her husband, and was welcomed by Ozians everywhere. Even after Clarence passed away, Myrna kept going to Oz events for as long as she was able. She is survived by her three daughters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

(Family information courtesy the Ausin American-Statesman.)


November 20, 2020: David L. Greene, 1944-2020

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Oz scholar and founding member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, Dr. David L. Greene, passed away today. He was seventy-six years old and had been in declining health for some time. He and his twin brother, Douglas G. Greene, were two of the sixteen initial members of the International Wizard of Oz Club when it was started in 1957, and two of the youngest (only founder Justin Schiller was younger), but both quickly contributed much to the Club. David served as editor of the Club's journal, The Baum Bugle, for many years, did extensive research in Oz bibliography, and founded the Club's Special Publications division. He also co-authored the popular book The Oz Scrapbook with Dick Martin, which came out in 1977. The Greene brothers were jointly awarded the International Wizard of Oz Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, in 1965. Outside of Oz, Greene taught English at Piedmont College in Georgia for thirty-seven years and retired as a Professor Emeritus. He was also interested in genealogy, wrote several books on the subject, was a Fellow and past President of the American Society of Genealogists, and edited The American Genealogist for twenty-five years. He is survived by his twin brother, Douglas; his non-twin brother, Paul; his wife, Jane; a son, a daughter, two stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.

(Information courtesy the Whitfield Funeral Homes tribute page. Photo courtesy The American Genealogist.)


November 1, 2020: Books of Wonder Moves

Books of Wonder, the New York City children's bookstore that has been one of the greatest friends Oz has had for the past forty years, has moved! They lost their lease on their original location on 18th Street in Manhattan, but they were able to find a new location quickly, and it's really close. So now you can visit them at 42 West 17th St., just a block away. They're still in the process of completely unpacking, so there may be a few boxes lying around, but the shelves are full and the staff still knows their stuff. Their second location, at 217 West 84th St., is still there, too. But if you're not going to be in the neighborhood any time soon, they still have mail order, including an extensive catalog of Oz items, many of which they've published themselves.


October 31, 2020: Sir Sean Connery, 1930-2020

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Sir Sean Connery, the award-winning Scottish actor who most famously originated the role of James Bond on film, passed away today at his home in the Bahamas. He was 90 years old. Besides playing Bond in seven movies, Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Untouchables, a Best Actor BAFTA for The Name of the Rose and a BAFTA Fellowship, and a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for The Untouchables as well as the Henrietta Award in 1972 as World Film Favorite — Male, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1995, a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He will also be remembered by Oz fans, however, as Zed, the main protagonist who brings death to an indolent immortal community in the 1974 cult classic film Zardoz.

(Information courtesy the BBC and Wikipedia.


October 30, 2020: The Baum Bugle Autumn 2020 and Oziana 2020

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Two important issues of International Wizard of Oz Club magazines are now available. All 2020 members of the Club should soon receive the Autumn 2020 issue of The Baum Bugle, the triannual journal, with this issue celebrating thirty-five years of the 1985 Disney film Return to Oz, with many never-before-published items from the Disney archives. Because of licensing agreements with Disney, this issue is strictly limited, and will likely not be available as a back issue or reprinted in the future, so this will be a particularly sought after issue.


In this issue:

  • The front cover reproduces a concept painting by Michael Ploog of Dorothy meeting the Nome King in Return to Oz.
  • Both inside covers feature more Return to Oz concept art, these by Harley Jessup.
  • In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright waxes on how the coronavirus pandemic and cancellation of Oz events around the country has resulted in all kinds of new connections online, while Bugle editor Sarah K. Crotzer declares the magazine is bringing Halloween to its readers this year while listing the efforts of those to bring it together.
  • In "The Bugle Bulletin":
    • The passing of graphic designer Milton Glaser. As well as the iconic "I ❤️ NY" logo, he also gave the world the iconic design for the Broadway production of The Wiz, showing a swirling dancer in silhouette.
    • Justin Schiller, founder of the International Wizard of Oz Club, announces the closing of his antiquarian and collectibles children's bookshop after more than six decades in business and the auction of the remaining collection, at the same time he is appearing in The Booksellers, a documentary about the New York City rare books community.
    • Reproductions of dust jackets for many editions of the Oz books and other books by L. Frank Baum are now available at (where else?) https://www.dustjackets.com/.
    • The International Wizard of Oz Club has loaned two pieces of original art, one by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and one by John R. Neill from The Marvelous Land of Oz, to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center of Newport News, Virginia, for the exhibit "Surrealism in Children's Books", a subexhibit of their current show, "Masters of Surrealism: Picasso, Dali, and Miro".
    • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, translated into Esperanto, was used as the data to test new techniques in storing information using DNA in experiments at the University of Texas.
    • Despite the current pandemic, Oz venues such as The Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas; All Things Oz in Chittenango, New York; and The Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina have figured out ways to keep going.
    • "Beyond the Shifting Sands" remembers Oz luminaries Bill Edmonds, a long-time attendee of the Winkie Conventions; Timothy Graphenreed, co-writer of the musical numbers "Tornado" and "Emerald City (Pssst)" for The Wiz; and Nancy Petrasko, sister of the late Fred Meyer, long time secretary of the International Wizard of Oz Club.
    • "Through the Tube" found the following Return to Oz-related videos on YouTube:
  • Sarah K. Crotzer praises the subject of this issue in "Outside Over There: In Praise of Walter Murch's Return to Oz".
  • Nick Campbell looks at the life and career of the man who bent himself double to be the body of Tik-Tok in "Dancer in the Dark: Michael Sundin in Oz".
  • Karen Diket examines some of the unpleasant underlying medical issues of the movie in "Unpleasant Dreams: The Role of Electroshock Therapy in Return to Oz".
  • Kevin M. Kern interviews an artist who worked on concept art and storyboards for Return to Oz in "Brooding and Beautiful: A Conversation with Harley Jessup". The article is illustrated with many examples of Jessup's Return to Oz work from the Disney archives, some reproduced in color, and most having never been published before.
  • Coyote Shook takes a different viewpoint on the movie in "30 Beautiful Heads: Return to Oz Through a Disability Lens".
  • Nick Campbell examines three different book versions of the same movie in "There Must Have Been Some Magic Words: Novelizations of Return to Oz".
  • Howard Berry talks to the director about his experience with Return to Oz, among other career highlights involving one of Great Britain's most acclaimed film studios, in "Return to Elstree: Walter Murch and Oz at Elstree Studios".
  • And finally, the back cover reproduces a painting of the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion used as set dressing in Return to Oz.

Also enclosed with this issue:

  • A Tin Woodman marionette.
  • The latest issue of The Oz Gazette, the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what their actual age is), which includes:
    • A report on past Halloween shenanigans in Oz.
    • An editorial from the new editor, the Scarecrow, about how he thinks he's doing so far.
    • A look back at a popular movie in the Emerald City at this time of year, Return to Oz (1985).
    • "Ask Glinda" sees a previous correspondent catching the sorceress up on what's happening to her, including her meeting with the Demon of Electricity.
    • After an absence of about 115 years, the return of "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?"
    • An interview with Jack Pumpkinhead.
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Also out now is the Club's annual fiction anthology, Oziana. The 2020 issue is of especial importance because this is the fiftieth issue. Unlike The Baum Bugle, Oziana is available to anyone at any time, and can be ordered at this link.

In this issue:

  • The front cover by Able Tong features many favorite Oz characters dressed to the nines in celebration of Oz's 120th anniversary and the fiftieth issue of Oziana.
  • "Zinnia's Wish" by Suren Oganessian, with illustrations by Mitchell Mayle, sees a Flutterbudget named Zinnia coming to the Emerald City in an effort to fulfill her heart's desire, but it's probably not something much of the rest of Oz wants. (Mayle also provides a color illustration for the story on the back cover.)
  • "A Use for Jack's Pumpkins" is the first recipe ever published in Oziana.
  • "Dinner at the Del" by Robert Baum tells of a meeting between the author's great-grandfather and an old sailor at the Hotel Del Coronado that would have long-reaching effects.
  • "The Wizards of Silver and Gold in Oz: Part 1" by Nathan DeHoff and Joe Bongiorno, illustrated by Dennis Anfuso, tells a tale of Quiberon and an ozoplane. And yes, it ends on a cliffhanger, to be resolved in the 2021 issue.
  • "Polychrome's Sky School" by Paul Dana, illustrate by Sam Milazzo, shows us just how Polychrome learned how to do magic.


August 15, 2020: International Wizard of Oz Club Awards

This evening, the International Wizard of Club presented its annual awards at 2Oz? 2Oz! which is this year's national Oz convention, held online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winners are:

  • The Fred Otto Prize for short fiction went to "The Flutterbudget Revolt" by Suren Oganessian in first place, and "The Sea Fairies Lost Chapter: Trot and the Sleeper" by Erica Olivera in second.
  • The C. Warren Hollister Prize for non-fiction went to "No Place Like Oz" by Kathryn Sadakierski in first place, and “Lessons in Personality Integration from the Movies The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz” by Mackenzie Littledale winning second place.
  • The Rob Roy MacVeigh Prize for visual arts went to "The King of Beasts' Conquest" by Michael de Jesus in first place (below, left), and "Dr. Pipt" by David Valentin in second place (below, right).
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And the Club's highest award, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, for contributions to Oz and the Club's mission, went to Gina Wickwar, author of The Hidden Prince of Oz and Toto of Oz, and short stories for Oziana, as well as her work for the Club as Secretary and in other capacities. Here's the video of the presentation, with testimonials and reactions:


August 1, 2020: The Baum Bugle Spring 2020 issue

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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 making its way towards members. This is the first issue of the 2020 membership year, with the current COVID-19 pandemic no doubt contributing to the usual problems the Bugle has to keeping to its intended schedule.

In this issue:

  • The covers celebrate the Broadway Celebrates Oz photograph series, with Dorothy and her friends on the front cover, the Wicked With of the West on the back, and costume sketches and designs on the inside covers.
  • "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright and Baum Bugle editor Sarah Krotzer talk about the latest Oz issues.
  • "The Bugle Bulletin" brings us news of:
  • "Broadway Melody of Oz" looks at the Broadway Celebrates Oz photograph series, how it came about, and how it came together (including a link to more photos, video, and commentiary).
  • "Collecter's Corner" by David Diket looks at the View-Master's reels of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Anil Tambwekar looks at the career of a noted children's author of the twentieth century and her near brush with the Emerald city in "Mary Dickerson Donahey: Almost Royal Historian of Oz".
  • In his "Lost Art of Oz" column, Brady Schwind looks at the illustrations that became the pages 170-171 double-page spread of The Patchwork Girl of Oz.
  • Michael Gessel tells the story of the creation and growth of a park exhibit on the shores of Lake Michigan devoted to Oz in "The Holland Oz Project".
  • Dina Schiff Massachi presents a round up of students from her class about The Wizard of Oz at UNC-Charlotte in "Tomorrow's Scholars Today".
  • "Oz Under Quarantine! Oz Community Events—At Home" presents a round-up of how Oz events worldwidewide, not being able to gather in person this year, have shifted gears and presented virtual events.
  • Reviewed in "Oz in the Arts":
    • Hit the Bricks, the podcast telling a new tale about Oz.
    • Fantastic Journey to Oz, the English-dubbed and re-Ozzified version of the Russian animated film version of Урфин Джюс и его Деревянные Солдаты. This is set up as an original sequel to The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy's namesake granddaughter goes to Oz to help the Scarecrow overthrow an evil magician and his band of wooden soldiers who have overtaken the country.
  • In "The Bugle Review":
  • "Adventures in Oz" looks back at The Wizard of Oz in Concert twenty-five years after its debut, written by Christina Maffa. (And if you've never seen this all-star benefit production of The Wizard of Oz, this is your chance!)


Also coming along with this issue:

  • A flyer for this year's national Oz convention, To Oz? To Oz!, being held for the first time online.
  • This issue's craft is a paper version of one of the Three Adepts at Magic, from Glinda of Oz, in the form of a fish. (Which fish it is depends on how you color it!)
  • And The Oz Gazette, the newsletter for younger Oz fans (of all ages) features:
    • An interview with Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter.
    • A look back at the 1939 MGM film version of The Wizard of Oz.
    • A contest to draw the Jitterbug.
    • The Scarecrow, the new editor of The Oz Gazette, introduces himself in the Editorial.
    • The news flash that Aujah, one of the Three Adepts, decided to go exploring the world by becoming a fish again.

July 18, 2020: The 2020 Winkie Award

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OzCon International, the world's longest running Oz event, met for the first time online as a virtual event, due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This did not prevent the convention from presenting its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to Colin Ayres. Colin only started attending OzCon relatively recently, but he quickly jumped in and involved himself deeply, putting on many panels and presentations. Two years ago, he became vice chair, succeeding as chair last year, and decided to serve as chair again for a second year. Little did he know that one of the decisions he would have to make would be to cancel the convention and move it all online! But even before that happened, his fellow OzCon attendees voted him as the one who deserves the award.


April 17, 2020: The Baum Bugle, Winter 2019 issue

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The final issue of The Baum Bugle, the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has come out for the 2019 membership year. Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the printers were not able to print the issue in a timely manner; so, in an unprecedented move, the Club sent out the issue to Club members as a .pdf file via e-mail. (UPDATE, May 9: The printer has come through, and the print version is now making its way into members' mailboxes.) This marks the end of the 2019 membership year, and members are encouraged to renew their memberships for 2020 soon.

In this issue:

Also included with this issue:

  • A 2020 membership form (for those who don't want to renew their membership online).
  • A registration form for the National Oz Convention.
  • The third part of the Emerald City toy theatre.
  • An "Oz Live 2019" supplement, reporting on:
    • The 2019 National Oz Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
    • Oz-Stravaganza! in Chittenango, New York.
    • The Quadling Convention in Moore, Oklahoma.
    • The Judy Garland Festival and Children's Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
    • The Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival in Ionia, Michigan.
    • OzCon International in Pomona, California.
    • Autumn in Oz in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
    • Oztoberfest in Wamego, Kansas.
    • Ohio Oz Fest in Twinsburg, Ohio.
  • The latest issue of The Oz Gazette, the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what age their birth certificate might say), featuring:
    • A new expedition for Trot and Cap'n Bill.
    • Dorothy's final "Editorial", as she's handing over the reins as Editor in Chief to the Scarecrow.
    • The conclusion to the biography of L. Frank Baum.
    • A play written by the Scarecrow, relating some of the events of The Magic of Oz.
    • In "Ask Glinda", the sorceress and some of her friends answer the question, "How do I get to Oz?"



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 in the film Judy. 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.

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—again. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shuffling release schedules around, the original first-postponed December 22, 2021 release date was given over to Sing 2. So the Wicked movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, although it has no definitive release date yet. The delay was so long that director Stephen Daldrey left the project on October 20, 2020.


The latest Oz projects to be announced in Hollywood: Cheshire Crossing, the graphic novel by Andy Weir and Sarah Anderson, optioned by Amblin Partners (see this report); and an animated musical adaptation of the book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz, where the story is told from Toto's point of view, to be produced at Warner Bros. (see this source).


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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