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==July 2, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2018==
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==August 27, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'', Autumn 2021 Issue==
[[File:Bbspring18.jpg|right|400 px]]The latest issue of the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, ''The Baum Bugle'', is now heading out to Club members. The first issue under new editor Sarah Krotzer, it suffered a small setback when first class and international mailings lacked the planned inserts, including a set of Oz finger puppets. (This should not affect the vast majority of American members who receive their issues by third class mail. Affected members will receive their inserts as a separate mailing.)
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[[File:Bbautumn21.jpeg|left|500 px]]In what may be a first in the history of the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, the latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'' has started to appear today in members' mailboxes ''before'' the season listed on the front cover. A tribute to the fantastic creatures of Oz, this issue will be a treat for all Oz fans.
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In this issue:
 
In this issue:
* The front cover depicts the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion in the Mesner Puppets production of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* The front cover features an illustration of Tik-Tok by Gabriel Gale, from the forthcoming book [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789341018/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Art of Oz''].
* The inside covers reproduce the board (front) and box cover (rear) for [https://www.rareozbooks.com/Wonderful-game.html The Wonderful Game of Oz], first issued by Parker Bros. in 1922.
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* The inside front cover has an illustration by Mark Manley of the Demon of Electricity from L. Frank Baum's non-Oz book ''The Master Key''.
* Club President Jane Albright talks about her communications with Club members, and Crotzer talks about her history with the ''Bugle'' and those who helped her with this issue while introducing herself in "Letters".
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* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright reflecting on how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Club to reach out in new ways via online events, while ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer talks about how this issue came about and its contributors.
* "The Bugle Bulletin" is a new section, highlighting Oz events and developments since the last issue. In this edition:
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* Recent news items covered in "The Bugle Bulletin":
** The reopening of [https://shop.ozclub.org/ the Club's store].
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** The discovery of a dress worn by Judy Garland in The Movie, found at the Catholic University of America.
** [http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/product/webinar-all-8-sessions-summer-and-fall/ Webinars at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center], many presented by Oz Club members. (Gage was a noted suffragette and L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law. She was a major influence on his literary career.)
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** The opening of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' [https://www.academymuseum.org/en/ museum], launching with a screening of The Movie with an orchestra performing the score.
** Club members' items on display at [https://ozmuseum.com/ the Oz Museum] in Wamego, Kansas, and [http://www.allthingsoz.org/ato_website_002.htm the All Things Oz Museum] in Chittenango, New York.
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** The continued woes of bringing ''Wicked'' to the screen, along with new productions in South Korea and [https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/wicked-hamburg Germany].
** June's Journey with Dorothy events at [https://www.landofoznc.com/ the Land of Oz Park], a former amusement park in North Carolina.
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** [https://www.pbs.org/show/wicked-concert/ ''Wicked in Concert''] on PBS.
** [https://www.landofoznc.com/ The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission] honoring Ruth Plumly Thompson and her contributions as a Royal Historian of Oz with a historical marker in her home town of Philadelphia.
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** Plans to expand the Oz Plaza in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
** "In Brief":
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** A man in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who turned his garden into an Ozzy tribute to his recently deceased wife.
*** Renee Zellweger is playing the title role in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_(film) the movie ''Judy''], about Judy Garland's final concerts in London.
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** "Through the Tube!" found these recent discoveries on YouTube, all devoted to arts and crafts:
*** The recently named [https://gizmodo.com/plutos-moon-charon-now-has-a-crater-called-dorothy-amo-1825203823 Dorothy Crater] on Charon, Pluto's moon.
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*** [https://youtu.be/7Y_Y4mW0QeY How to make a pop-up Oz scrapbook album.]
*** Lorna Luft (Judy Garland's second daughter) [https://www.apnews.com/6e525c5301e743219b17d68ab613fc62 undergoing successful surgery to remove a brain tumor].
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*** [https://youtu.be/XkS-N2EeFNo MGM ''Wizard of Oz'' bookmarks.]
** In "Through the Tube!" the Great Jinjin passes judgement on:
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*** [https://youtu.be/apjlXF8Y0sc Build a Wizard's hot air balloon decoration.]
*** Bollywood-style adaptation [https://youtu.be/67WRfCfMSFU ''Wazir of Oz''].
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* Michael Patrick Hearn gives a preview of the forthcoming book [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789341018/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Art of Oz''] in "A Few Words About Oz".
*** PlayStation VR's [https://youtu.be/ux6_dV39tjA ''Run Dorothy Run''].
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* Robert B. Luehrs takes a look at ''The Master Key'' in "Encountering the Demon of Electricity".
*** A [https://youtu.be/y2horVdXz70 ''Wizard of Oz'' themed homecoming assembly].
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* Dennis Wilson Wise examines how two different authors write about underground dwellers in "Delving Into Gnome Man's Land: Two Traditions in Baum and Tolkien".
*** Jim Carrey's new painting, [https://youtu.be/b-bWRIgz1KU "Wicked Witch of the West Wing"].
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* "Collector's Corner" sees W. Neal Thompson examining one of the first books ever illustrated by W. W. Denslow, ''County Atlas of Lebanon, Pennsylvania''. (Well everyone has to start ''somewhere''!)
** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" acknowledges the passing of Club members Miriam Goldman, Marian Higbee, and Jack Koelle, as well as the Cowardly Lion's manicurist from The Movie Dorothy Barrett, author [http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=1332818 Sam Sackett], and, in a stop press, the final MGM Little Person Munchkin Jerry Maren, who will receive a full tribute in the fall issue.
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* Christina Maffa looks at the influences on Tik-Tok and Baum's other mechanical characters in "Perfect Machines: Baum's Mechanical Beings and Their Ancient Greek Predecessors".
* Jane Albright visits [http://mesnerpuppets.org/ Kansas City's premiere puppet troupe] in "Behind the Curtain with the Mesner Puppets' ''Wizard of Oz''!"
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* Ruth Berman looks at some of the creatures that inhabit the airways of Oz in "Flights of Fancy in Oz".
* Albright then looks at the history of Oz puppetry in part one of "Pulling Strings".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Marc Berezin reviews ''Fantastic Return to Oz'', an original sequel to the Russian animated movie ''Fantastic Journey to Oz''. The new movie has so far received ''very'' limited distribution in English-speaking markets.
* David Kelleher reviews an exhibit of Charles Santore work, including [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375811370/thewonderwizardo/ his illustrations for ''The Wizard of Oz''], at Philadelphia's [https://woodmereartmuseum.org/ the Woodmore Art Museum] in "Magic Pictures".
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* In "The Bugle Review":
* New editor Nick Campbell explains why he spearheaded the return of the Club's youth newsletter of the 1990s, in "Re-Introducing ''The Oz Gazette''"—followed by the first issue of the ''Gazette'' of the twenty-first century, as a four-page insert.
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** The new [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1951038029/thewonderwizardo/ Clover Press edition of ''The Royal Book of Oz'' by Ruth Plumly Thompson] with new illustrations by Sara Richard, reviewed by Atticus Gannaway.
* Bill Thompson looks at the various editions of The Wonderful Game of Oz, issued several times from 1922 to 1939.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/194626024X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', adapted by Susan Hill Long and illustrated by Susan Martinez], reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
* Reviewed in "Oz in the Arts":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1946260150/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz'', adapted by Alex Fabrizio and illustrated by Greg Paprocki].
** The ballet ''Dorothy and the Prince of Oz'', performed by BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, reviewed by Scott Cummings.
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* "Adventures in Oz" recounts the adventures of puppeteer David Messick as he tries to put on a production of the second Oz book in "My Journey to the Marvelous Land of Oz".
** The latest play version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', this one put on by Syracuse Stage in New York state, reviewed by Blair Frödelius.
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* The inside back cover reproduces a color plate of Jack and Peter flying on the Iffin from ''Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz''.
** A new opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage, ''Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage'', performed in Syracuse, reviewed by Frödelius. Gage was L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law and an important historical figure in her own right, and Baum appears as a character in the opera.
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*And the back cover reproduces a map of Oz and its neighboring lands from ''The Art of Oz''.
* "The Bugle Review" reviews the following books:
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** [https://shop.ozclub.org/product.sc?productId=430&categoryId=6 ''Bibliographia Baumiana'' by W. Neal Thompson, Peter Hanff, and Patrick Maund], reviewed by Paul Bienvenue.
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** [http://www.lulu.com/shop/l-frank-baum-and-andrew-j-heller/king-rinkitink/hardcover/product-23468374.html ''King Rinkitink'' by L. Frank Baum and Andrew J. Heller], reviewed by Mari Ness.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0008252564/thewonderwizardo/ ''Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz'' by Michael Morpurgo], reviewed by Nick Campbell.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1544237413/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Prankster of Oz'' by John R. Rose], reviewed by Joe Bongiorno.
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** [https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-1201 Big Finish Productions' audio adaptation af ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''], reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072ZPQ421/thewonderwizardo/ The complete English-language edition of Cinar's ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz anime'' series], reviewed by Garrett Schooling-Kilgore.
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* In "Adventures in Oz", Kurt Raymond writes about his fascination with Margaret Hamilton's portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West, how he started recreating her performance, and where it has taken him.
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* The rear cover shows a photograph from the Tulsa Ballet's production of ''Dorothy and the Prince of Oz''.
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Also sent out with this issue:
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* The eleventh issue of the second series of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newspaper from Oz aimed at younger readers, which features:
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** After a disappearance at a circus near the Emerald City, readers are urged to keep an eye out for strange creatures, possibly from Oz, in their own neighborhoods.
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** Editor Scarecrow asks readers to write in with their own contributions while expressing his sympathies for all that's happening in our world.
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** Chapter 2 of the serial story, "Toto and the Woozy in the Valley of the Kalidahs!"
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** In "Ask Glinda", lost Club member Katie Jones sends in a record of her latest adventures. (Come on, Glinda, help her!)
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** The ''Gazette'' interviews Prof. H. M. Wogglebug, T. E.
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** And in a "stop press" notice, it seems many things have disappeared from the Emerald City on Halloz'ween night—including Princess Ozma!
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* For a craft project, a portrait of Queen Aquarine from ''The Sea Fairies'' that can flap its tail.
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* A request for writers and researchers for future issues of ''The Baum Bugle''.
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''The Baum Bugle'' is the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, and goes out to all members three times each year. For more information about joining the Club and receiving ''The Baum Bugle'', [http://ozclub.org/join-the-club/ take a look right here].
  
 
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==June 6, 2018: Jerry Maren 1920-2018==
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==August 7, 2021: The 2021 Oz Club Awards==
[[File:Jerry Maren 1939.jpg|left|]] Veteran character actor Jerry Maren died today at his home in San Diego. He was 98 years old. Born Gerard Marenghi in Boston, Jerry took to show business early, taking dance lessons and getting noticed. (Contrary to popular belief, Maren did not appear in the all-little people Western musical, ''The Terror of Tiny Town''.) He was finally beckoned to Hollywood to appear as a Munchkin in ''The Wizard of Oz'' after graduating high school, thus beginning his acting career. He garnered worldwide fame as the middle member of the Lollipop Guild, dressed in green, who handed the lollipop to Dorothy. While ''The Wizard of Oz'' may have been his most famous role, his career was just warming up. His next part was opposite the Marx Brothers in ''At the Circus'', and he also worked with ''Our Gang'' and Hope and Crosby (as a chimpanzee) in ''Road to Morocco''. He was also a walking "body double" for both Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, and other stunts and doubles through the Golden Age of Hollywood. He was also one of the titular aliens in the Superman serial, ''Superman and the Mole-Men'', with George Reeves. When television took off, Jerry was all over the place, as a regular on ''The Andy Williams Show'' and a guest star on such shows as ''The Beverly Hillbillies'', ''Star Trek'', ''Bewitched'', ''The Wild, Wild West'', ''Julia'', ''Get Smart'', ''The Odd Couple'', and ''Here's Lucy''. He also played a child ape in the original ''Planet of the Apes'' and many characters on Sid & Marty Krofft shows. In advertising, he played Buster Brown, Little Oscar the chef for Oscar Meyer, and many denizens of McDonaldland. He never quite got away from Oz, often guest-starring in stage productions, and appearing as Munchkins in both ''Under the Rainbow'' and a ''The Dreamer of Oz'', as well as appearing at Oz festivals and conventions around the country. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth. He was the last surviving little person who portrayed a Munchkin.
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This evening, during its second annual To Oz? To Oz! virtual convention, the International Wizard of Oz Club announced the winners of its annual awards.
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* The Fred Otto Prize for Fiction went to J. L. Bell for "Button-Bright and the Professor", with the runner-up prize going to Scott Blanke for "The Royal Joust of Oz".
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* The Warren C. Hollister Prize for Non-Fiction was not awarded, as there were no entries.
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* The Rob Roy MacVeigh Prize for Art went to "Polychrome" by David Valentin, with Sofia Vazquez coming in second with "Langwidere".
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* And the Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, presented to those who have made contributions above and beyond to Oz, the Club, or its goals. The winner for 2021 is Lynn Beltz, former Club vice-president and a general ambassador for Oz and the Club at Oz events all over the country.
  
 
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==May 13, 2018: Margot Kidder 1948-2018==
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==July 17, 2021: The Winkie Award==
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[[File:Marc Lewis.jpg|right]]OzCon International presented its annual award, the Winkie Award, to Marc Lewis, recognizing his many contributions to the convention in the 1980s and '90s. He performed in and coordinated many shows, presented many panels and other events, and acted as auctioneer. But perhaps his biggest contribution is also the most appropriate for this year: He and the Oz Club's Executive Secretary, Fred Meyer, in 1992 conspired to create a new award for the then-named Winkie Convention, the only one of the three major conventions of the day that didn't have one. They gave that first award to Peter Hanff. So it's appropriate that the thirtieth Winkie Award goes to one of its creators. Congratulations, Marc, this is ''long'' overdue!
<br>Margot Kidder, the actress best known for her iconic portrayal of Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeves as Superman in four movies in the 1970s and '80s, passed away today at the age of 69. Born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, a trip to New York City set her on her career path when she saw a performance of ''Bye Bye Birdie''. She worked extensively in both Canada and the United States, but her big break was playing Lois Lane in the first ''Superman'' movie, released in 1978. Her career stalled in the '90s, however, as she struggled with personal problems and mental illness, but she managed to turn herself around and kept working, even after becoming an American citizen in 2005 and moving to Montana. Among her many credits, Oz fans remember her as the narrator of the movie compilation versions of the Cinar animated series ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''.
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==April 23, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2017 issue==
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==June 18, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'', Spring 2021 Issue==
[[File:Bbwinter17.jpg|right|400 px]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', and the final issue for the 2017 membership year, has been sent out to members of the International Wizard of Oz Club. The final issue of John Fricke's placeholder year as editor, he goes out with a bang with this 76-page bumper issue that includes the following items:
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[[File:Bbspring21.jpeg|left]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the triannual journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now going out to members. After some issues with recent issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the editor's own health issues, this issue seems to have worked its way back to the unusual status of coming out during the season on the cover (something that has always been rare in the history of the ''Bugle'').
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* A newly colored slide from the 1939 release of ''The Wizard of Oz'', done by [https://www.instagram.com/hollywood_stars_in_color/ Victor Mascaro], on the cover.
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In this issue:
* Outgoing editor John Fricke looks back on his year in charge and ahead to the future in "From the Editor".
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* The front, inside front, and inside back covers reproduce concept art for ''The Yellow Brixx Road'', a proposed series by Filmation in the 1980s that never came to pass. You'll find out more about this show inside.
* Oz Club President Jane Albright thanks those who help the Club and announces [https://shop.ozclub.org/main.sc the re-opening of the Club's online store] in "Thanks Due in Oz".
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright reproduces the first letter she ever wrote to the Club's then-Secretary, Fred M. Meyer, as she reminisces about being in the Club for fifty years. Meanwhile, ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer discusses the contents of this issue.
* In "Oz and Ends":
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
** "The Oz Trading Post" is [https://www.facebook.com/groups/504831379909496/ reborn on Facebook], and an Oz International server has opened on [https://discordapp.com/ Discord].
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** Jon M. Chu, whose recent films include ''Crazy Rich Asians'' and ''In the Heights'', takes over directing the movie version of the ''Wicked'' musical.
** ''Wizard of Oz'' songwriters Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg are [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190467347/thewonderwizardo/ celebrated in a new book about "Over the Rainbow"] and two concerts celebrating Harburg in December of 2017.
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** Betty Ann Bruno, one of the children who played a background Munchkin, has published her memoir, [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1736205609/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Munchkin Diary: My Personal Yellow Brick Road''].
** How Oz influenced [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1442497564/thewonderwizardo/ the end of Margaret Peterson Haddix's ''Missing'' series].
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** American McGee, who tried to develop an Oz video game twenty years ago, is trying again with a video game/TV hybrid project called [https://www.ign.com/articles/american-mcgee-reveals-oz-adventures-a-hybrid-tv-and-video-game-project ''Oz: Adventures''].
** A record turnout for a showing of The Movie in Park Ridge, Illinois.
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** A clue about the writings of L. Frank Baum—but not Oz—[http://blogofoz.blogspot.com/2021/05/oz-not-in-jeopardy.html shows up in an episode of ''Jeopardy!'']
** The Speakeasy Society of Los Angeles' /latest immersive experience, [https://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/392212 ''The Kansas Collection''], based on the Oz books.
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** The New Line Cinema movie of ''The Wizard of Oz'', scheduled to be directed by Nicole Kassell.
** The new [https://wizardsofthewest.com/collections/wizard-of-oz-collection ''Wizard of Oz''-based clothing line] from Wizards of the West.
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** Margaret Hamilton's former home in Los Angeles is sold for $2,300,000.
** The latter-day Oz stories by Roger S. Baum, L. Frank Baum's great-grandson, are being developed as a possible series for Amazon.
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** A house in Syracuse, New York, once thought to be the one where L. Frank Baum first met his soon-to-be wife, Maud Gage, is also sold.
** The new animated movie adaptation of the comic book series [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07BC2Y6QJ/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Steam Engines of Oz''].
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** Race Leys Junior School in Bedworth, England, gets an Oz-themed makeover.
** A new series in development for Netflix, [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7504628/ ''Dorothy and Alice''].
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" gives notice of the recent passings of these people connected to Oz:
** A collection of photographs of Ozcot, the Baum family home in Hollywood, is now in the hands of the California History Section collection of [http://cslfdn.org/ the California State Library Foundation].
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*** [https://parksquaretheatre.org/in-memory-of-william-randall-beard-1956-2021/ William Randall Beard], the playwright whose works included ''Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall’'.
** Father and son authors [http://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article180889571.html John and Jessee Donaldson], who are descendants of L. Frank Baum.
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*** [http://www.kathleenkrull.com/ Kathleen Krull], the children's book authors whose works included [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375832165/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum''].
** A new slot game, ''Land of Ozz'', from [https://inbetgames.com/en.html InBet Games].
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*** [https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/ronnee-sass-veteran-warner-bros-home-entertainment-publicist-dies-at-72-4154768/ Ronnee Sass], the Hollywood publicist whose work with Warner Bros. included marketing the 65th and 70th anniversary releases of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
** The restaurant [https://www.facebook.com/oscardiggslex/ Oscar Diggs], named for the Wizards' real name, in Lexington, Kentucky.
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*** Jack Townsend, who created one of he first pairs of reproduction Ruby Slippers available to purchase.
** The Play Station Virtual Reality console game [https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/run-dorothy-run-ps4/ Run, Dorothy, Run].
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** "Through the Tube!" has the following highlights from YouTube:
** [https://youtu.be/EbBu-J0ppAk ''The Oz Medley''] mashes up songs from ''The Wizard of Oz'', ''The Wiz'', and ''Wicked''. (There's also a [https://youtu.be/B9SJ_yClTLg behind-the-scenes video].)
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*** [https://youtu.be/0dClx6KmWYI Michael Patrick Hearn's lifetime of research on L. Frank Baum], interviewed for Baum's birthday.
** Miranda Lambert's song [https://youtu.be/q8ryrDjnriM ''Tin Man''] has [https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a45574/miranda-lambert-tin-man-meaning/ surprising connections to Oz] (besides the obvious).
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*** [https://youtu.be/mSfOY1b-HRc Scott Cummings conducts a tour of the castles of Oz].
* To celebrate fifteen years of ''Wicked'' on Broadway, actors Tiffany Haas and Michael McCorry Rose look back at their time in the show in "Glinda and Fiyero on Broadway: ''Wicked''-ly 'Cheek to Cheek'".
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*** [https://youtu.be/w5Vi00cySMg Michael Gessel helps you identify first editions of Oz books].
* Authors Kent Drummond, Aronstein, and Terri Rittenburg adapt part of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/3319931059/thewonderwizardo/ their forthcoming book about ''Wicked''] in "'My Daughter and I Were Overcome by Emotion': Consumer Responses to ''Wicked''".
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* Nate Barlow looks at early ballyhoo and merchandising for some of the earliest Oz movies in "Feeling Woozy: The Marketing and Publicity of the Oz Film Manufacturing Company". This is accompanied by "The Oz Film Scrapbook", reprinting many early news items and reviews of ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz''.
* Long thought to have concluded with ''Tik-Tok of Oz'', Michael Patrick Hearn discovers that the 1930s comic strip ''The Wonderland of Oz'' ran even longer in some papers with an adaptation of the eleventh Oz book in "A 'Lost Princeess' Found"—as well as reprinting sixteen installments of the strip!
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* Sarah K. Crotzer delves into company archives and presents the behind-the-scenes development of a proposed 1980 television series in "Road of Yellow Brixx: The Lost Filmation TV Series". Many of the illustrations for this article are concept art by Robert L. Kline.
* The four current living charter members of the International Wizard of Oz Club sit down for a collective interview in "Anniversary Recollections: Sixty Years in the Oz Club".
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* The late Norton Juster and his connections to Oz are laid out in "Through ''The Phantom Tollbooth'' to Oz" by Nick Campbell.
* Michael Gessel reports on the events to honor the fourth Royal Historian, whose grave was previously unmarked, in "A Headstone for a Royal Historian: Honoring Jack Snow".
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* Atticus Gannaway remembers the publisher of his first book in "Bucket Heads and Tails: The Legacy of Chris Dulabone". Sidebars by some whose works were published by Dulabone highlight some of his books, and there is also a "Publications of Chris Dulabone" checklist.
* Bill Thompson discusses the creation and evolution of [https://shop.ozclub.org/product.sc?productId=428&categoryId=1 his latest book] in "The Making of…''Bibliographia Oziana''—The Book!"
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* In "The Bugle Review":
* John Fricke brings his survey of big-time Oz productions up to date in "Magical, Musical Muny (Part Three): How a Blend of Baum and MGM First Came to theStage…and Endured".
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** [https://wizardsofart.com/ ''The Wonderful Wizards of Art'' by Daniel "Munch" Kinske], reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
* "Adventures in Oz" profiles:
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1941813240/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Voice of Liberty'' by Angelica Shirley Carpenter], reviewed by Judy Bieber.
** Actress Ruby Rakos, who plays Judy Garland in the play [https://chasingrainbowsmusical.com/ ''Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz''].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1680571044/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Santa Claus Stories'' by L. Frank Baum], reviewed by Jane Albright.
** Autograph hound Steven Damm.
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* "Adventures in Oz" sees Bill Campbell reminiscing about his time working with the Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis on their 1981 production of ''The Marvelous Land of Oz'', which you can watch [https://youtu.be/HvVxgs3dYJY right here]!
** Long-time Oz fan and southern California convention chair Robyn Knutson.
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* The back cover features a photograph of the Woozy toy made as a tie-in to ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz'' movie in 1914.
** Oz memorabilia collector Barry Patraw.
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** Kindergarten student Rylan Andrews.
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* Reviewed (or at least mentioned) in "The Oz Bookshelf":
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* The tenth issue of the revived version of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for young (or young-at-heart) Oz fans. In this issue:
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/148146972X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Gabriel Gale's Ages of Oz, Volume 1: A Fiery Friendship'' by Lisa Fiedler, illustrated by Sebastian Giacobino], reviewed by Joe Bongiorno.
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** Glinda reveals that Oz is in danger, but not how…yet!
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1451609957/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult'' by Bruce Handy], reviewed by Angelica Carpenter.
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** Editor Scarecrow asks the readers if they have seen anything strange in their neighborhood.
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1610881990/thewonderwizardo/ ''Black-Eyed Susan'' by Elizabeth Leiknes].
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** The first installment of a new serial story, "Toto and the Woozy in the Valley of the Kalidahs" by S. H. Nesbit, with illustrations by Mark Manley.
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0980119065/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Prophecy of Oz: The Victory of Dorothy, the Spirit of the Americas'' by Rick Spaulding].
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** "Ask Glinda" sees Club member Katie still trying to cope with not being in New York City.
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1981101047/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ruby Slips and Poker Chips: The Modern Tale of Dorothy Gale'' by Heather Kindt].
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** In "What Did the Wogglebug Say", the highly magnified and thoroughly educated insect asks some questions for the reader to answer.
** [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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** Plus, Gardening Tips and Classified Ads.
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1976524008/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wicked Hot Wizard of Oz'' by Mark Pace].
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* "A Doozy of a Woozy" puzzle game, to color and cut out.
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1979262632/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of AAAHHS!'' by C. T. Henderson].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1510729240/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and More'' by Aur&eacute;lia Beaupommier].
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The Louisiana Quadling has a video reaction to this issue [https://youtu.be/gN5AFSyGOr0 right here]. And [https://youtu.be/gN5AFSyGOr0 here is another reaction video].
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1780554362/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Colouring Book'' by Ann Kronheimer].
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* "Oz in the Spotlight" looks at the following dramatic productions:
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==May 17, 2021: ''Oziana'' 2021: The Fiftieth Anniversary Issue==
** [http://www.thebuildersassociation.org/prod_oz.html ''Elements of Oz'' by the Builders Association].
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[[File:Oziana_2021.jpeg|right]]The fiftieth issue of ''Oziana'', the annual literary journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is being mailed out today. Editor Marcus Mébès offered the issue free to anyone who asked for it online, and these are the issues going out now. But never fear, if you never heard about the free issue offer, it is also for sale at [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/l-frank-baum/oziana-2021/paperback/product-kgkggp.html?page=1&pageSize=4 this link].
** The British touring pantomime adaptation of [http://www.enchantedentertainment.co.uk/wozuktour2017/].
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** The Harlem Repertory Theatre's production of [http://www.harlemrepertorytheatre.com/current_season.html ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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In this issue:
** The new Boomerang cartoon series [https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz''].
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* The front cover, "Strolling Down Memory Lane" by Alejandro Garcia, depicts a number of characters from ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' in the styles of several different iconic Oz illustrators.
* "The MGM Scrapbook" presents more articles, ads, clippings, and other ephemera relating to the original 1939 release of The Movie.
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* The inside front cover reproduces the letter from Harvey Plotnick, then-President of the Henry Regnery Company, successors to Oz publishers Reilly and Lee, from the first issue of ''Oziana'' in 1971 that gave permission for the Club to use characters and locations from the Oz books.
* The latest laureate of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, Scott Cummings, is officially enshrined in the roster of previous winners.
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* Carrying on from the previous issue, "The Wizards of Silver and Gold in Oz: Part 2" by Nathan M. DeHoff and Joe Bongiorno resolves the cliffhanger ending from part 1 and wraps the whole tale up.
* C. J. Hinke remembers George van Buren, his collaborator on [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0859677230/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Classical Wizard: Magus Mirabilis in Oz''] (the Latin translation of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'') in "In Memoriam".
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* "The Butter Lamb of Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, illustrated by David Valentin, shows the results of what happens when Jinjur must paint a portrait.
* "The Magic Picture" reports on 2017's two big Oz conventions:
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* "A Week with Mr. Baum" by Laura DeNooyer, illustrated by Spinner Martin, tells the story of a lonely girl who makes a special friend at the Macatawa resort on Lake Michigan in the early days of the twentieth century.
** Erica Olivera on OzCon International in Portland, Oregon, in "The Wonderful Convention of Oz: A Newcomer's Report".
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* "Heartless" by Templeton Moss, illustrated by Darrell Colt Spradlyn, looks at the romance between Nick Chopper and Nimmee Amee.
** Ralph Bunch from Chicago in "Oz—The National Convention".
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* Christmas, Toys, and Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, illustrated by Mitchell Mayle, sees several Ozian and Thompsonian sea captains embark on a Christmas adventure.
* The rear cover is a montage of Tiffany Haas and Michael McCorry Rose, both on stage and off, in their roles on Broadway in ''Wicked''.
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* In a tribute to the late Chris Dulabone, "Buckethead in Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff sees the title character come to Oz for good.
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* In a departure for ''Oziana'', Dulabone is also remembered by friends and family in the magazine's first non-fiction feature.
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* Robert A. Baum remembers the trunk kept by his Grandmother Edna in "The Trunk in the Attic".
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* The back cover, by David Valentin, depicts a scene, in color, from this issue's story "The Butter Lamb of Oz".
  
 
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==March 24, 2021: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" Added to National Recording Registry==
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The Library of Congress announced the 2020 class for the National Recording Registry today, and one of the additions is the medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" by Hawai'ian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, released as a single in 1993. The National Recording Registry was set up to showcase and preserve significant American recordings, and was started in 2002 under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Kamakawiwo’ole's recording joins Judy Garland's original 1939 single of "Over the Rainbow", enlisted in 2014, on the registry. You can see a video of the song by [https://youtu.be/Z26BvHOD_sg clicking here].
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<p>The full press release, including all twenty-five recordings in the class or 2020, is available at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-21-015/national-recording-registry-adds-rhythm-nation-among-25-new-selections/2021-03-24/. The complete registry, which also includes the original Broadway cast album of ''The Wiz'', is at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/recording-registry/complete-national-recording-registry-listing/.
  
 
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==March 8, 2018: Dorothy Barrett 1917-2018==
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==February 28, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2020==
Dorothy Barrett, a long-time contract player during the Golden Age of Hollywood, died today in Studio City, California. She was 101 years old. In 1939, while working at MGM, she appeared in ''Gone with the Wind'', ''The Women'', and as a manicurist in the Wash and Brush Up Co. in the Emerald City in ''The Wizard of Oz''. She was performing on vaudeville circuits at the age of seven, and appeared in many shows on Broadway before Hollywood beckoned. Later in life, she became a dance and performance teacher, and worked with many students. As late as 2016, she was active in the Studio City performing arts community. She will be interred at Forest Lawn in Glendale.
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[[File:bbwinter20.jpg|left]]The Winter 2020 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the International Wizard of Oz Club's triannual journal, is now back from the printers and making its way to all Oz Club members for 2020. This issue commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of ''Glinda of Oz'', the final Oz book by L. Frank Baum.
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* The front cover reproduces an original Dick Martin watercolor from 1988.
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* The inside front cover is an unused jacket illustration Martin did in 1961.
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright talks about how Oz fans have weathered the coronavirus pandemic and found new ways to gather and express themselves, while ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer previews what's in the issue at hand.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** Stephen Daldrey exits as director of the ''Wicked'' movie.
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** ''The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of'' podcast devotes an episode to the Ruby Slippers.
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** Even though it was cancelled, Boomerang had a third season of [https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1 ''Dorothy and the Wizard ofOz''] up its sleeve, shown in 2020.
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** Movie star Richard Gere bought a New York City condo previously owned by Margaret Hamilton.
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** The new comic book ''The O. Z.'' was successfully funded [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theozcomic/the-oz-1/ via Kickstarter].
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** Popmatters.com has [https://www.popmatters.com/andre-de-shields-2020-interview-2648458514.html an interview with Broadway's original Wiz, André de Shields].
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" remembers these recently deceased Ozites:
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*** Chris Dulabone, prolific Oz author and publisher.
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*** David L. Greene, one of the charter members of the International Wizard of Oz Club and an important Oz researcher and writer for over fifty years.
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Lurie Alison Lurie], Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose work often invoked her love of Oz.
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*** Harry Naught, whose long illustrating career included Little Golden Books adaptations of ''The Road to Oz'', ''The Emerald City of Oz'', and ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Schumacher Joel Schumacher], the prolific Hollywood director who also had an early screenwriting credit with the film adaptation of ''The Wiz''.
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*** Myrna Swensen, wife of Movie Munchkin soldier Clarence Swensen who frequently appeared with him at Oz events.
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** "Through the Tube" presents these treasures from YouTube:
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*** [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4129A1534CCC103A The twenty-fifth anniversary of ''The Wizard of Oz on Ice''].
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*** [https://youtu.be/5tgzCR4_Ii4 The 2017 Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset, Pennsylvania] took on an Ozzy theme for the festivities.
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*** [https://youtu.be/g_Inbmd55_k Behind the scenes at ''The Wonderful Winter of Oz'', a 2019 pantomime in Pasadena].
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* "Awards and Honors" recognizes the 2020 winner of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, Gina Wickwar.
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* Michael Patrick Hearn examines ''Glinda of Oz'', the final volume of the Founding Fourteen, in "L. Frank Baum's Farewell to Oz".
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* Robert B. Luehrs examines the relationship between Glinda and Oz in "The Sorceress, the Goddess, and the Matriarchate".
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* Scott Cummings presents several contemporary reviews of ''Glinda of Oz'' in the latest installment of "Oz Under Scrutiny".
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* Peter E. Hanff delves into the Oz Club's archives to examine how John R. Neill created the color plate of Glinda reading her records in ''The Marvelous Land of Oz''. (The original line drawing, before it is colored, is reproduced on the inside back cover, while the back cover is the picture in color, based in part from an original photo proof.)
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* Dina Schiff Massachi looks at the career of the actress who played Glinda in the film version of ''The Wiz'' in "Lena Horne: Learning to Believe".
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* "Labor of Love: An Interview with [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gili_Bar-Hillel Gili Bar-Hillel Semo]" talks to the woman who translates, [https://utz.co.il/ publishes], and sells Oz books in Israel, how she came to also record the audio books, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected what she does.
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* Angelica Shirley Carpenter tries to fill in some of the blanks of the life of L. Frank Baum's wife in "Finding Maud".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Rosemary Jones reviews a virtual Oz play, "OZ.ORG", presented during the 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. (You can watch an interview with the director and preview of the show [https://youtu.be/V-6ocvq4yis right here].)
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* New Oz books reviewed, or at least mentioned, in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0593114752/thewonderwizardo/ ''Bedtime Classics: The Wizard of Oz'' board book, illustrated by Carly Gledhill], reviewed by Garrett Kilgore.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451480244/thewonderwizardo/ ''Sky Island: A Trot & Cap'n Bill Adventure'' graphic novel by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee], reviewed by J. L. Bell.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0847860116/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adrian: A Lifetime of Movie Glamour, Art and High Fashion'' by Leonard Stanley], reviewed by Paul Miles Schneider.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0545746698/thewonderwizardo/ ''Abby in Oz (Whatever After: Special Edition0'' by Sarah Mlynowski].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1099805325/thewonderwizardo/ ''Flying Monkeys Cookbook'' by Aunt Deb].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733908625/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Good Witch of the South'' by T. C. Bartlett].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1651625751/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Inventor of Oz'' by Kaitlyn Hawker].
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** The Kingdom of Fairytales Wizard of Oz series by Emma Savant and J. A. Armitage: [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997007/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 1: King of Traitors''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997015/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 2: Heir of Fugitives''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997023/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 3: Throne of Emeralds''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997031/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 4: God of Storms''].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/170284417X/thewonderwizardo/ ''A Nightmare in Oz'' by David M. Keyes].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1734109505/thewonderwizardo/ ''No Place Like Home'' by Susan Wackerbarth].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B088LFS413/thewonderwizardo/ ''Orphans of Oz: A Mother's Adventure'' by Marie Micaela].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B08KJYWL4Q/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Poetry Book of Oz'' by L. Frank Baum and Tynker Smith].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/larry-springfield-jr/the-shaman-of-oz/paperback/product-1wkw5ene.html?page=1&pageSize=4 ''The Shaman of Oz'' by Larry Springfield, Jr.].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/149659195X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Silver Spurs of Oz'' by Erica Schultz, illustrated by Omar Lozano].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1574330497/thewonderwizardo/ ''Stolen to Oz: Toto and Miss Jennie in Oz (Without Dorothy0,, by Alan Lindsay].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1620888971/thewonderwizardo/ ''A Taste of Oz'' by Robin Blasberg].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1951600320/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Teachers of Oz: Leading with Wisdom, Heart, Courage, and Spirit'' by Herbie Raad and Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1734574798/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Twin Witches of Oz'' by Amanda D. Wallace].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1732338434/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Menopoz'' by Deborah Monk].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/8854417025/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz Puzzle Book'' by Fabiana Attanasio].
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* And Peter E. Hanff writes about the man who, among other things, invigorated and modernized the Oz Club's journal in "Building a Better ''Bugle'': A Legacy of David L. Greene" as a tribute and obituary.
  
(Information courtesy [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/05/25/dorothy-barrett-actress-wizard-oz-obituary/ ''The Telegraph''] and [https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/obituaries/name/dorothy-barrett-obituary?sid=105905790&v=forestlawn&pid=188410825&view=guestbook Legacy.com].)
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Also included with this issue:
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* The ninth issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the Oz publication for younger Oz fans, which includes:
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** Editor Scarecrow's attempts to create a self-writing, self-publishing newspaper (with less-than-satisfactory results).
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** A look at [https://youtu.be/09iHePAIZFA the earliest existing Oz movie].
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** "Ask Glinda" continues the adventures of Katie Jones on her visit to Oz.
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** "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?" poses another ponderable problem.
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** And an interview with ''The Oz Gazette'' and ''The Baum Bugle'' illustrator Mark Manley.
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* A craft project to create Glinda's skeropythrope, a magical device she used in ''Glinda of Oz''.
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All Oz Club members who receive this issue are advised that this is the last issue for the 2020 membership year, and anyone wishing to continue to receive the ''Bugle'' should send in their membership dues (which [https://shop.ozclub.org/product-category/iwoc-membership/ can now be done online]).
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==December 10, 2020: Chris Dulabone, 1964-2020==
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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.
  
 
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==December 4, 2017: ''Lost in Oz'' Nominated For Annie Award==
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==November 23, 2020: Myrna Swensen, 1926-2020==
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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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.
  
(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 20, 2020: David L. Greene, 1944-2020==
[[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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[[File:David L Greene.jpg|right]]Dr. David L. Greene, Oz scholar and founding member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, 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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In this 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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* 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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* 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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** The appointment of Sarah Crotzer as the new ''Bugle'' editor, starting with the Spring 2018 issue.
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** 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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* Among the latest treasures and tidbits uncovered by Jay Davis for "Oz and Ends":
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** 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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** 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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** 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 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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** 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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** 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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** ''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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** New Oz stage productions:
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*** ''The Wizard of Oz'' from Starlight Village Players in Orinda, California.
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*** ''The Bricklayers of Oz'' by the Dance Crash Company of Chicago.
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*** ''West End Bares'' Oz-themed nude revue ''Ruby Strippers'' in London's West End.
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** 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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** 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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* "''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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* 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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* 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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* "Oz Under Scrutiny" looks at contemporary reviews of ''The Lost Princess of Oz'' from 1917.
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* 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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<br>[[File:Oziana_2017.jpeg|right]]Also available today is the 2017 edition of ''Oziana'', the International Wizard of Oz Club's literary magazine. In this issue:
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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''].)
* David Bishop provides the front cover illustration, entitled "On the Shores of Skeezer Lake".
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* Jack Pumpkinhead is having a bad day in "Angry Jack" by Sara Philips, illustrated by Emilee Philips.
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* A stream-of-consciousness recollection of Scraps entitled "Patchworked Memory", written and illustrated by Grace Willey.
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* 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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* 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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* Grace Willey's back cover is entitled "Button Bright Finds a Peach Pit".
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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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==August 5, 2017: The L. Frank Baum Memorial Award==
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==November 1, 2020: Books of Wonder Moves==
This evening, the International Wizard of Oz Club presented it's highest award, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, to Scott Cummings. Cummings served as editor of the Club's journal, ''The Baum Bugle'', for many years, producing some of its most memorable issues. He is also a tireless researcher who keeps finding out new things about Oz, and frequent con chair (including this year's National Oz Convention in the Chicago area). Congratulations, Scott!
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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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==July 26, 2017: June Foray, 1917-2017==
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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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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''.
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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==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 reproduces a concept painting by Michael Ploog of Dorothy meeting the Nome King in ''Return to Oz''.
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* Both inside covers feature more ''Return to Oz'' concept art, these by Harley Jessup.
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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.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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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.
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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.
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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/.
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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"].
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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.
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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.
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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.
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** "Through the Tube" found the following ''Return to Oz''-related videos on YouTube:
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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.
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*** [https://youtu.be/oHhmlet_zCM Jean Marsh at the London Comic Con].
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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.
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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''".
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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".
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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''".
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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.
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* Coyote Shook takes a different viewpoint on the movie in "30 Beautiful Heads: ''Return to Oz'' Through a Disability Lens".
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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''".
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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".
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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''.
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* A Tin Woodman marionette.
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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:
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** A report on past Halloween shenanigans in Oz.
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** An editorial from the new editor, the Scarecrow, about how he thinks he's doing so far.
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** A look back at a popular movie in the Emerald City at this time of year, ''Return to Oz'' (1985).
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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.
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** After an absence of about 115 years, the return of "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?"
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** An interview with Jack Pumpkinhead.
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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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* "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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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 Spanish branch of Netflix is making an Oz-inspired movie, [https://variety.com/2021/film/global/netflix-rainbow-paco-leon-telecinco-cinema-1235035207/ ''Rainbow''], featuring a whole slew of Spanish stars. No word yet on a release date, or if it will be available in markets outside Spain (but knowing Netflix, the latter is likely).
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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. On February 2, 2021, Jon M. Chu, director of <i>Crazy Rich Asians</i> and <i>In the Heights</i> was announced as the new director.
  
 
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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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August 27, 2021: The Baum Bugle, Autumn 2021 Issue

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In what may be a first in the history of the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, the latest issue of The Baum Bugle has started to appear today in members' mailboxes before the season listed on the front cover. A tribute to the fantastic creatures of Oz, this issue will be a treat for all Oz fans.


In this issue:

  • The front cover features an illustration of Tik-Tok by Gabriel Gale, from the forthcoming book The Art of Oz.
  • The inside front cover has an illustration by Mark Manley of the Demon of Electricity from L. Frank Baum's non-Oz book The Master Key.
  • "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright reflecting on how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Club to reach out in new ways via online events, while Bugle editor Sarah K. Crotzer talks about how this issue came about and its contributors.
  • Recent news items covered in "The Bugle Bulletin":
    • The discovery of a dress worn by Judy Garland in The Movie, found at the Catholic University of America.
    • The opening of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' museum, launching with a screening of The Movie with an orchestra performing the score.
    • The continued woes of bringing Wicked to the screen, along with new productions in South Korea and Germany.
    • Wicked in Concert on PBS.
    • Plans to expand the Oz Plaza in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
    • A man in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who turned his garden into an Ozzy tribute to his recently deceased wife.
    • "Through the Tube!" found these recent discoveries on YouTube, all devoted to arts and crafts:
  • Michael Patrick Hearn gives a preview of the forthcoming book The Art of Oz in "A Few Words About Oz".
  • Robert B. Luehrs takes a look at The Master Key in "Encountering the Demon of Electricity".
  • Dennis Wilson Wise examines how two different authors write about underground dwellers in "Delving Into Gnome Man's Land: Two Traditions in Baum and Tolkien".
  • "Collector's Corner" sees W. Neal Thompson examining one of the first books ever illustrated by W. W. Denslow, County Atlas of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. (Well everyone has to start somewhere!)
  • Christina Maffa looks at the influences on Tik-Tok and Baum's other mechanical characters in "Perfect Machines: Baum's Mechanical Beings and Their Ancient Greek Predecessors".
  • Ruth Berman looks at some of the creatures that inhabit the airways of Oz in "Flights of Fancy in Oz".
  • In "Oz in the Arts", Marc Berezin reviews Fantastic Return to Oz, an original sequel to the Russian animated movie Fantastic Journey to Oz. The new movie has so far received very limited distribution in English-speaking markets.
  • In "The Bugle Review":
  • "Adventures in Oz" recounts the adventures of puppeteer David Messick as he tries to put on a production of the second Oz book in "My Journey to the Marvelous Land of Oz".
  • The inside back cover reproduces a color plate of Jack and Peter flying on the Iffin from Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz.
  • And the back cover reproduces a map of Oz and its neighboring lands from The Art of Oz.

Also sent out with this issue:

  • The eleventh issue of the second series of The Oz Gazette, the newspaper from Oz aimed at younger readers, which features:
    • After a disappearance at a circus near the Emerald City, readers are urged to keep an eye out for strange creatures, possibly from Oz, in their own neighborhoods.
    • Editor Scarecrow asks readers to write in with their own contributions while expressing his sympathies for all that's happening in our world.
    • Chapter 2 of the serial story, "Toto and the Woozy in the Valley of the Kalidahs!"
    • In "Ask Glinda", lost Club member Katie Jones sends in a record of her latest adventures. (Come on, Glinda, help her!)
    • The Gazette interviews Prof. H. M. Wogglebug, T. E.
    • And in a "stop press" notice, it seems many things have disappeared from the Emerald City on Halloz'ween night—including Princess Ozma!
  • For a craft project, a portrait of Queen Aquarine from The Sea Fairies that can flap its tail.
  • A request for writers and researchers for future issues of The Baum Bugle.

The Baum Bugle is the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, and goes out to all members three times each year. For more information about joining the Club and receiving The Baum Bugle, take a look right here.


August 7, 2021: The 2021 Oz Club Awards

This evening, during its second annual To Oz? To Oz! virtual convention, the International Wizard of Oz Club announced the winners of its annual awards.

  • The Fred Otto Prize for Fiction went to J. L. Bell for "Button-Bright and the Professor", with the runner-up prize going to Scott Blanke for "The Royal Joust of Oz".
  • The Warren C. Hollister Prize for Non-Fiction was not awarded, as there were no entries.
  • The Rob Roy MacVeigh Prize for Art went to "Polychrome" by David Valentin, with Sofia Vazquez coming in second with "Langwidere".
  • And the Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, presented to those who have made contributions above and beyond to Oz, the Club, or its goals. The winner for 2021 is Lynn Beltz, former Club vice-president and a general ambassador for Oz and the Club at Oz events all over the country.

July 17, 2021: The Winkie Award

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OzCon International presented its annual award, the Winkie Award, to Marc Lewis, recognizing his many contributions to the convention in the 1980s and '90s. He performed in and coordinated many shows, presented many panels and other events, and acted as auctioneer. But perhaps his biggest contribution is also the most appropriate for this year: He and the Oz Club's Executive Secretary, Fred Meyer, in 1992 conspired to create a new award for the then-named Winkie Convention, the only one of the three major conventions of the day that didn't have one. They gave that first award to Peter Hanff. So it's appropriate that the thirtieth Winkie Award goes to one of its creators. Congratulations, Marc, this is long overdue!

(Photo courtesy Peter Hanff.)



June 18, 2021: The Baum Bugle, Spring 2021 Issue

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The latest issue of The Baum Bugle, the triannual journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now going out to members. After some issues with recent issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the editor's own health issues, this issue seems to have worked its way back to the unusual status of coming out during the season on the cover (something that has always been rare in the history of the Bugle).


In this issue:

  • The front, inside front, and inside back covers reproduce concept art for The Yellow Brixx Road, a proposed series by Filmation in the 1980s that never came to pass. You'll find out more about this show inside.
  • In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright reproduces the first letter she ever wrote to the Club's then-Secretary, Fred M. Meyer, as she reminisces about being in the Club for fifty years. Meanwhile, Bugle editor Sarah K. Crotzer discusses the contents of this issue.
  • In "The Bugle Bulletin":
  • Nate Barlow looks at early ballyhoo and merchandising for some of the earliest Oz movies in "Feeling Woozy: The Marketing and Publicity of the Oz Film Manufacturing Company". This is accompanied by "The Oz Film Scrapbook", reprinting many early news items and reviews of The Patchwork Girl of Oz.
  • Sarah K. Crotzer delves into company archives and presents the behind-the-scenes development of a proposed 1980 television series in "Road of Yellow Brixx: The Lost Filmation TV Series". Many of the illustrations for this article are concept art by Robert L. Kline.
  • The late Norton Juster and his connections to Oz are laid out in "Through The Phantom Tollbooth to Oz" by Nick Campbell.
  • Atticus Gannaway remembers the publisher of his first book in "Bucket Heads and Tails: The Legacy of Chris Dulabone". Sidebars by some whose works were published by Dulabone highlight some of his books, and there is also a "Publications of Chris Dulabone" checklist.
  • In "The Bugle Review":
  • "Adventures in Oz" sees Bill Campbell reminiscing about his time working with the Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis on their 1981 production of The Marvelous Land of Oz, which you can watch right here!
  • The back cover features a photograph of the Woozy toy made as a tie-in to The Patchwork Girl of Oz movie in 1914.

Also included with this issue are:

  • The tenth issue of the revived version of The Oz Gazette, the newsletter for young (or young-at-heart) Oz fans. In this issue:
    • Glinda reveals that Oz is in danger, but not how…yet!
    • Editor Scarecrow asks the readers if they have seen anything strange in their neighborhood.
    • The first installment of a new serial story, "Toto and the Woozy in the Valley of the Kalidahs" by S. H. Nesbit, with illustrations by Mark Manley.
    • "Ask Glinda" sees Club member Katie still trying to cope with not being in New York City.
    • In "What Did the Wogglebug Say", the highly magnified and thoroughly educated insect asks some questions for the reader to answer.
    • Plus, Gardening Tips and Classified Ads.
  • "A Doozy of a Woozy" puzzle game, to color and cut out.

The Louisiana Quadling has a video reaction to this issue right here. And here is another reaction video.

May 17, 2021: Oziana 2021: The Fiftieth Anniversary Issue

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The fiftieth issue of Oziana, the annual literary journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is being mailed out today. Editor Marcus Mébès offered the issue free to anyone who asked for it online, and these are the issues going out now. But never fear, if you never heard about the free issue offer, it is also for sale at this link.

In this issue:

  • The front cover, "Strolling Down Memory Lane" by Alejandro Garcia, depicts a number of characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the styles of several different iconic Oz illustrators.
  • The inside front cover reproduces the letter from Harvey Plotnick, then-President of the Henry Regnery Company, successors to Oz publishers Reilly and Lee, from the first issue of Oziana in 1971 that gave permission for the Club to use characters and locations from the Oz books.
  • Carrying on from the previous issue, "The Wizards of Silver and Gold in Oz: Part 2" by Nathan M. DeHoff and Joe Bongiorno resolves the cliffhanger ending from part 1 and wraps the whole tale up.
  • "The Butter Lamb of Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, illustrated by David Valentin, shows the results of what happens when Jinjur must paint a portrait.
  • "A Week with Mr. Baum" by Laura DeNooyer, illustrated by Spinner Martin, tells the story of a lonely girl who makes a special friend at the Macatawa resort on Lake Michigan in the early days of the twentieth century.
  • "Heartless" by Templeton Moss, illustrated by Darrell Colt Spradlyn, looks at the romance between Nick Chopper and Nimmee Amee.
  • Christmas, Toys, and Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, illustrated by Mitchell Mayle, sees several Ozian and Thompsonian sea captains embark on a Christmas adventure.
  • In a tribute to the late Chris Dulabone, "Buckethead in Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff sees the title character come to Oz for good.
  • In a departure for Oziana, Dulabone is also remembered by friends and family in the magazine's first non-fiction feature.
  • Robert A. Baum remembers the trunk kept by his Grandmother Edna in "The Trunk in the Attic".
  • The back cover, by David Valentin, depicts a scene, in color, from this issue's story "The Butter Lamb of Oz".



March 24, 2021: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" Added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress announced the 2020 class for the National Recording Registry today, and one of the additions is the medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" by Hawai'ian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, released as a single in 1993. The National Recording Registry was set up to showcase and preserve significant American recordings, and was started in 2002 under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Kamakawiwo’ole's recording joins Judy Garland's original 1939 single of "Over the Rainbow", enlisted in 2014, on the registry. You can see a video of the song by clicking here.

The full press release, including all twenty-five recordings in the class or 2020, is available at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-21-015/national-recording-registry-adds-rhythm-nation-among-25-new-selections/2021-03-24/. The complete registry, which also includes the original Broadway cast album of The Wiz, is at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/recording-registry/complete-national-recording-registry-listing/.


February 28, 2021: The Baum Bugle Winter 2020

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The Winter 2020 issue of The Baum Bugle, the International Wizard of Oz Club's triannual journal, is now back from the printers and making its way to all Oz Club members for 2020. This issue commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of Glinda of Oz, the final Oz book by L. Frank Baum.


In this issue:

Also included with this issue:

  • The ninth issue of The Oz Gazette, the Oz publication for younger Oz fans, which includes:
    • Editor Scarecrow's attempts to create a self-writing, self-publishing newspaper (with less-than-satisfactory results).
    • A look at the earliest existing Oz movie.
    • "Ask Glinda" continues the adventures of Katie Jones on her visit to Oz.
    • "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?" poses another ponderable problem.
    • And an interview with The Oz Gazette and The Baum Bugle illustrator Mark Manley.
  • A craft project to create Glinda's skeropythrope, a magical device she used in Glinda of Oz.

All Oz Club members who receive this issue are advised that this is the last issue for the 2020 membership year, and anyone wishing to continue to receive the Bugle should send in their membership dues (which can now be done online).


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 Austin American-Statesman.)


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

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Dr. David L. Greene, Oz scholar and founding member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, 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.

<p>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.



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 Spanish branch of Netflix is making an Oz-inspired movie, Rainbow, featuring a whole slew of Spanish stars. No word yet on a release date, or if it will be available in markets outside Spain (but knowing Netflix, the latter is likely).


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. On February 2, 2021, Jon M. Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights was announced as the new director.


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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