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==July 2, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2018==
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==November 27, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 2019==
[[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 Crotzer, 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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The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now in the mail and finding its way to members. This issue celebrates the legacy of L. Frank Baum and his creation in the centennial year of his crossing the shifting sands.
  
In this issue:
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The contents of this issue, with links and other additional information, will be added to this entry in the coming weeks, so keep coming back to see what's in it!
* 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 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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* 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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* "The Bugle Bulletin" highlighs Oz events and developments since the last issue. In this edition:
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** The reopening of [https://shop.ozclub.org/ the Club's store].
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** [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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** 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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** 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.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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** "In Brief":
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*** 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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*** 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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*** Lorna Luft (Judy Garland's second daughter) [https://www.apnews.com/6e525c5301e743219b17d68ab613fc62 undergoing successful surgery to remove a brain tumor].
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** In "Through the Tube!" the Great Jinjin passes judgement on:
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*** Bollywood-style adaptation [https://youtu.be/67WRfCfMSFU ''Wazir of Oz''].
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*** PlayStation VR's [https://youtu.be/ux6_dV39tjA ''Run Dorothy Run''].
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*** A [https://youtu.be/y2horVdXz70 ''Wizard of Oz'' themed homecoming assembly].
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*** Jim Carrey's new painting, [https://youtu.be/b-bWRIgz1KU "Wicked Witch of the West Wing"].
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** "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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* 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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* Albright then looks at the history of Oz puppetry in part one of "Pulling Strings".
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* 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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* 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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* Bill Thompson looks at the various editions of The Wonderful Game of Oz, issued several times from 1922 to 1939.
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* Reviewed in "Oz in the Arts":
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** The ballet ''Dorothy and the Prince of Oz'', performed by BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, reviewed by Scott Cummings.
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** 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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** 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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* "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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In a first, the ''Bugle'' is also putting extra content up on the web as .pdf files. The first, an overview of foreign Oz puppet dramatizations, can be viewed or downloadad [http://ozclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/International-Puppets-Bugle-Extras.pdf right here].
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==November 17, 2019: ''Oziana'' 2019==
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[[File:Oziana_2019.jpeg|right]]The 2019 issue of ''Oziana'', the annual literary journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now available for anyone to buy, whether they are Club members or not. It is available at [http://www.lulu.com/shop/marcus-mebes/oziana-2019/paperback/product-24323515.html this link to Lulu.com].
  
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* The front cover by David Valentin is entitled "Friends and Family".
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* In "An Odd Transformation" by Sara Philips, with illustrations by Lyan Tjally, some of Oz's more unusual but noteworthy citizens are transformed in an unexpected way. (Tjally also provides a full-color illustration for this story on the back cover.)
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* "Bitsy, the Patchwork Cat of Oz" by Jane Albright, with illustrations by Steve Smith, relates the adventures of Oz's newest animal citizen, accidentally created from some of Scraps' patches.
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* "The Epiphany of Miss Gulch" by Paul Dana, with illustrations by [https://blackdaisies.com/ Mela Pagayonan], looks at what happened to Miss Gulch after Toto escaped from her basket.
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* "The End of the Road" is a poem by E. J. Hagadorn.
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* "The Giant Weasel of Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, with illustrations by Darrell Spradlyn, sees the title character decide to collect a roc egg, with several Emerald City celebrities getting involved.
  
==June 6, 2018: Jerry Maren 1920-2018==
 
[[File:Jerry Maren 1939.jpg|left|400 px]] 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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==May 13, 2018: Margot Kidder 1948-2018==
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==September 20, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2019==
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[[File:Bbspring19.jpg|500 px|left]]The Spring 2019 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has finally been published and is making its way to Club members. This issue was delayed due to editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer having to deal with a series of unforeseen hospital visits, but a new ''Bugle'' is always welcome whatever the season.
<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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* The front cover features the pair of Ruby Slippers purchased by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, soon to be on display at [https://www.academymuseum.org/en/exhibitions/making-of-the-wizard-of-oz their museum].
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* The inside front cover features "And Yer Lil' Dog Too!" by [http://www.derekart.com/index.html Derek Yaniger], which has been on display at [https://www.animazing.com/wizard-of-oz-art-1 the Animazing Gallery] in Las Vegas as part of a ''Wizard of Oz'' exhibit.
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* "Letters" presents notes from Oz Club President Jane Albright and ''Bugle'' Editor-in-Chief Sarah K. Krotzer about the latest developments (including Krotzer's hospital visits that delayed this issue for so long).
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** Brittney Johnson becomes [http://www.playbill.com/article/inside-brittney-johnsons-whirlwind-experience-going-on-as-wickeds-first-glinda-of-color Broadway's first African-American Glinda in ''Wicked''].
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** The postponement of the ''Wicked'' movie until December 22, 2021.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493036297/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz''], William Stillman and Jay Scarfone's latest book about the famous movie version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', won the Movies and TV award at [https://www.indieexcellence.com/13th-annual-winners the 13th annual National Indie Excellence Book Awards].
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** The first biography of one of The Movie's most popular actors, [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190639040/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow'' by Holly van Leuven], is published.
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** To honor their appearance in [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07MHQ5FDY/thewonderwizardo/ ''The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part''], LEGO has finally issued [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07MB84DDL/thewonderwizardo/ minifigs of Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion].
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** Designer Virgil Abloh's [https://hypebae.com/2019/1/virgil-abloh-spring-summer-2019-louis-vuitton-collection-online ''Wizard of Oz''-inspired men's fashions] for the spring/summer 2019 Louis Vitton collection.
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** William F. Brown, who wrote the book for the original Broadway musical version of ''The Wiz'', is remembered upon his passing in "Beyond the Shifting Sands…"
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** A new one-woman show, [https://www.broadwayworld.com/long-island/article/Bay-Street-Theater-Announces-MY-WITCH-The-Stories-Of-Margaret-Hamilton-20190525''My Witch, the Stories of Margaret Hamilton''], starring Jean Tafler.
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** The MeTV show [https://www.metv.com/collectors-call ''Collector's Call''] features the Oz collection of Walter Krueger.
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** The recent auction of previously unknown photos taken on the set of The Movie during production at MGM.
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** A new Oz television series in development at [https://www.legendary.com/ Legendary Entertainment].
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** The new card game [https://homefromoz.com/ ''Home from Oz''].
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** Recently unearthed home movie footage of [https://youtu.be/N2Go2lRr61c the Land of Oz park in North Carolina] from the 1970s.
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** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvvKhIb2hsI A tour of the Land of Oz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas] (from the 1990s).
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** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGU8I5tcAQY The ''Wizard of Oz'' section of the Great Movie Ride] at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studio (alas, no longer a ride there).
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** ''Wizard of Oz'' art exhibits at [https://www.animazing.com/wizard-of-oz-art-1 The Animazing Gallery] in Las Vegas; the [https://esmoa.org/experience/oz/ El Segundo Museum of Art] in California; and an exhibit devoted to the late Barry Moser, including some of his illustrations for ''The Wizard of Oz'' at [https://gallery.bromer.com/searchResults.php?category_id=238&action=browse&orderBy=author The Bromer Gallery] in Boston.
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* Jonathan Shirshekan looks at the history of Hollywood's most famous pair of shoes in part 1 of "Keep Them Ruby: Following the Steps of the Ruby Slippers".
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* Jay Scarfone and William Stillman look back at the caravan used to publicize ''The Wizard of Oz'' on its release in ""Oz on Tour: 1939".
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* The new "Great Book of Records" column sees Scott Cummings reporting on a 1933 event to publicize the new Oz book for 1933, ''Ojo in Oz'', and the new ''Wizard of Oz'' radio show, in "A Tea Party for Oz".
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* "Collector's Corner" sees Bill Thompson writing about a curious item, Reilly and Britton's ''Children's Stories That Never Grow Old'', illustrated by John R. Neill.
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* At long last, Jane Albright wraps up her examination of Oz puppetry in part 2 of "Pulling Strings".
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* In "Oz in the Arts":
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** [https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007l6x ''Friday Night Is Music Night: The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary], hosted by Warwick Davis in London, reviewed by Dave Ward.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz Unplugged'' at the Waukesha Civic Theatre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, reviewed by Laura DeNooyer.
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* Books featured in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1496823370/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz Behind the Iron Curtain: Aleksandr Volkov and His Magic Land Series'' by Erika Haber], reviewed by Michael Patrick Hearn.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0525622101/thewonderwizardo/ ''Finding Dorothy: A Novel'' by Elizabeth Letts], reviewed by Dee Michel.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991199162/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Lost Tales of Oz'', edited by Joe Bongiorno] and reviewed by Atticus Gannaway
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* In "Advetures in Oz", Christopher Rhoton relays his experience designing for a stage production of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in Chicago, with color photos from the show reproduced on the back cover.
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* The inside back cover reproduces a Reilly and Britton advertisement for ''Children's Stories That Never Grow Old'' from a 1908 edition of ''Publishers' Weekly''.
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* Issue number four of the revived version of ''The Oz Gazette'', dedicated to younger (or young at heart) Oz fans. Among the items are a contest to draw a new map of Oz; how L. Frank Baum met W. W. Denslow; the Scarecrow reviews [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/042528784X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Fantastic Mr. Fox'' by Roald Dahl]; Glinda explaining why animals in Oz can talk (and why some can't); and an interview with the Cowardly Lion.
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* The craft project is part one of an Emerald City toy theater, with the proscenium arch, box seats, and four Oz characters. (More parts and characters are promised in the remaining two parts, coming in the Autumn and Winter issues.)
  
 
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==April 23, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2017 issue==
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==August 11, 2019: Charles Santore 1935-2019==
[[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:Santore_Oz.jpeg|900 px|center]]Acclaimed illustraton Charles Santore, best known for his reimaginations of classic children's stories, died today from undisclosed causes. He was 84. His teachers in Philadelphia recognized his artistic talents at an early age and encouraged him to pursue a life in art. He started off in commercial art, his works appearing in many advertisements and magazines, including a number of celebrity portraits on the cover of ''TV Guide'' in the 1970s. In 1985, a publisher approached Santore about creating new illustrations for ''Peter Rabbit'', and a new stage of his career opened up. As well as Peter Rabbit, he created new illustrations for ''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Aesop's Fables'', ''The Night Before Christmas'', ''The Velveteen Rabbit'', and an acclaimed edition of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1604335424/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz''], first published in 1991. His original works are now in many museums, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Brandywine Rivers Museum in Pennsylvania. In 1972, he was awarded the Hamilton King award from the New York Society of Illustrators. He also received a gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers, and an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.
  
* 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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(Information courtesy of [https://whyy.org/articles/charles-santore-philly-illustrator-of-classic-childrens-books-dies-at-84/ WHYY] and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Santore Wikipedia].)
* Outgoing editor John Fricke looks back on his year in charge and ahead to the future in "From the Editor".
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* 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 "Oz and Ends":
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** "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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** ''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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** 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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** A record turnout for a showing of The Movie in Park Ridge, Illinois.
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** 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 [https://wizardsofthewest.com/collections/wizard-of-oz-collection ''Wizard of Oz''-based clothing line] from Wizards of the West.
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** 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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** 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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** A new series in development for Netflix, [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7504628/ ''Dorothy and Alice''].
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** 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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** 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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** A new slot game, ''Land of Ozz'', from [https://inbetgames.com/en.html InBet Games].
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** The restaurant [https://www.facebook.com/oscardiggslex/ Oscar Diggs], named for the Wizards' real name, in Lexington, Kentucky.
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** 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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** [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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** 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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* 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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* 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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* 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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* 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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* 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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* 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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* 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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* "Adventures in Oz" profiles:
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** Actress Ruby Rakos, who plays Judy Garland in the play [https://chasingrainbowsmusical.com/ ''Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz''].
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** Autograph hound Steven Damm.
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** Long-time Oz fan and southern California convention chair Robyn Knutson.
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** 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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** [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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** [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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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1610881990/thewonderwizardo/ ''Black-Eyed Susan'' by Elizabeth Leiknes].
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** [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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** [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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** [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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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1976524008/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wicked Hot Wizard of Oz'' by Mark Pace].
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** [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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** [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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** [http://www.thebuildersassociation.org/prod_oz.html ''Elements of Oz'' by the Builders Association].
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** 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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** 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 MGM Scrapbook" presents more articles, ads, clippings, and other ephemera relating to the original 1939 release of The Movie.
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* 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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* 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 Magic Picture" reports on 2017's two big Oz conventions:
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** Erica Olivera on OzCon International in Portland, Oregon, in "The Wonderful Convention of Oz: A Newcomer's Report".
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** Ralph Bunch from Chicago in "Oz—The National Convention".
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* 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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==July 27, 2019: The 2019 Winkie Award==
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[[File:Jlbellwinkieaward.jpg|500px|center]]Tonight, OzCon International presented its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to John L. Bell. Bell has helped the convention a lot in recent years by coordinating daytime programming and lining up speakers and events. He is also a tireless Oz researcher and writer who has contributed to both ''The Baum Bugle'' and ''Oziana''. Heartfelt congratulations to a well-deserving recipient!
  
 
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==March 8, 2018: Dorothy Barrett 1917-2018==
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==June 23, 2019: William F. Brown, 1928-2019==
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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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Brown_(writer) William F. Brown], a longtime show business writer, died today in Westport, Connecticut. He was 91. Cutting his writing teeth in ''Look'' magazine and advertising in the 1950s, he later amassed a number of television writing credits on shows such as ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', ''The Johnny Carson Show'', and ''Love American Style''. He also wrote some books and the comic strip ''Boomer''. He attempted to write Broadway plays, but ''The Girl in the Freudian Slip'', ''How to Steal an Election'', and ''A Broadway Musical'' never had successful runs. His only success on the stage was ''The Wiz'', which ran for many years and earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical.
  
(Information courtesy [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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==December 4, 2017: ''Lost in Oz'' Nominated For Annie Award==
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==June 22, 2019: The 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award==
Nominations for the Annie Awards, the highest honor given in the animation industry, were announced today. [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z89MYTI ''Lost in Oz''], the Amazon Prime series that has already won three Emmy awards, was nominated as Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children. It's competition is ''Buddy Thunderstruck'', ''Niko and the Sword of Light'', ''Tangled: The Series'', and ''We Bare Bears''. You can see the entire list of nominees at http://www.annieawards.org/nominees. The forty-fifth Annie Awards will be presented February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles.
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[[File:LFBMA 2019.jpg|frame|center|Bill Beem (right) receives the 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from last year's winner, Bill Thompson. (Photo courtesy of Bill Thompson.)]]
 
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The International Wizard of Oz Club presented its highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, to Bill Beem tonight during the Club's National Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. A long-time Club member, Bill has been a quiet presence behind-the-scenes at Club meetings and conventions for decades now. He exhibited many items from his collection at the 2000 Centennial Convention and the 2012 National Convention, and chaired the 2006 Ozmapolitan Convention. He has also helped with programming at many Oz events, and served the Club on the Board of Directors and recording secretary. This is a richly deserved award which couldn't go to a better recipient.
(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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==June 9, 2019: The 73rd Tony Awards==
[[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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Two actors with longtime associations with Oz received their first [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/73rd_Tony_Awards Tony Awards] tonight, presented by the American Theater Wing for excellence in Broadway productions. Andre De Shields, who originated the title role in ''The Wiz'' in 1975, won the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Hermes in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadestown_(musical) ''Hadestown'']. He gave a moving acceptance speech:
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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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Later, winning the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical was Stephanie J. Block. Back in 2000, she was the first actress to play Elphaba in ''Wicked'', at the earliest readings. She went on to understudy Idina Menzel in the San Francisco tryouts and earliest Broadway performances before taking the lead on the first national tour, and eventually taking the lead on Broadway. She won her award for playing the title role in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cher_Show_(musical) ''The Cher Show'']. Here's her acceptance speech:
* 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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''Wicked'' also had a shoutout during the presentation for [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prom_(musical) ''The Prom''] (introduced by Broadway's original ''Wicked'' Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, no less), with "Elphy and Glinda" getting a mention, as seen here:
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==August 5, 2017: The L. Frank Baum Memorial Award==
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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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==April 12, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2018==
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[[File:Bbwinter18.jpg|right|400 px]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club is now being sent out to members, who should see it appearing in mailboxes all over the world in the coming weeks. This is the final issue of 2018 membership, so those who get this and wish to keep receiving the ''Bugle'' will want to send in their renewal form and dues soon.
  
==July 26, 2017: June Foray, 1917-2017==
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In this issue:
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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* All four covers celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'':
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** The front cover features a Tin Woodman puppet designed by Matzilla Duron, stepping out of a pristine first edition of the book.
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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** The inside front cover reproduces John R. Neill's color plate from the novel, depicting the Tin Woodman's introduction to the Tin Soldier.
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** The inside back cover displays an impressive number of Tin Woodman dolls and other memorabilia from the collection of Oz Club President Jane Albright.
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** The back cover shows Michael Herring's original painting for the 1981 Del Rey edition of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* The Table of Contents shows a version of the Tin Woodman drawn by Michael Ploog as a design for ''Return to Oz'' (1985).
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* "Letters" has notices from Jane Albright about the state of the Club, encouraging members to renew; and ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer writes about the issue and her personal connection to ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The cancellation of the Cartoon Network/Boomerang series [https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1 ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz''], and the inclusion of Sir Hokus of Pokes, the first television of a character created by Ruth Plumly Thompson, in the final episode.
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** The imminent opening of [https://www.oscars.org/museum the Academy Museum], which will include an initial exhibit on ''The Wizard of Oz'', including the Academy's pair of Ruby Slippers.
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** Judy Garland's blonde wig from the first few weeks of filming (that were eventually abandoned and reshot), a production archive for The Movie, and one of Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch hats all sold at auction in 2018.
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** [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58765 ''The Cowardly Lion of Oz''] entering public domain at last, after Congress did ''not'' extend copyrights again following passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.
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** [https://www.cityofholland.com/parksandcemeteries/centennial-park Centennial Park in Holland, Michigan] has plans to install an Oz-themed area, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area at the start of his writing career.
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** The Oz theme at [https://sdfair.com/ this year's San Diego County Fair] in California, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area not long after establishing himself as a writer.
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** The unveiling of a mural of Judy Garland by artist Levi Ponce at [http://theatrewest.org/onstage/wizard-of-oz-sing-a-long-and-mural-unveiling/ Theatre West] in Los Angeles, California.
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** [https://www.oed.com/ The ''Oxford English Dictionary''] adding the phrase "not in Kansas anymore".
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** Researchers at the University of Turin concluded that [https://appliednetsci.springeropen.com/articles/10.1007/s41109-018-0105-0 ''The Wizard of Oz'' is the most influential movie of all time], in a study published in the journal ''Applied Network Science''.
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** New translations of ''The Wizard of Oz'' have now come out in [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012036/thewonderwizardo/ Cornish], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012117/thewonderwizardo/ Hawaiian], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012044/thewonderwizardo/ Irish], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012044/thewonderwizardo/ North-East Scots], all from [http://www.evertype.com/baumiana.html Evertype Publishing]. (Word is that an Esperanto version is forthcoming.)
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** "Through the Tube!" presents the following Oz videos found on YouTube:
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*** Komische Oper Berlin's [https://youtu.be/KSltO-rljss new operatic adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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*** A 2011 version of [https://youtu.be/jjc9hSDS1gQ ''The Wizard of Oz'' by the Berlin State Ballet].
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*** [https://youtu.be/stHRaNDz4zQ Hello Kitty. In Oz. On stage in Japan].
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** After a year and a half of restoration and conservation, [https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/ruby-slippers-and-american-culture-displays the Ruby Slippers are back on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History].
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** The January and February 2019 Fathom Events showings of ''The Wizard of Oz'' grossed $2 million at the box office, setting a new box office record for event cinema.
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** The West Philadelphia home of Royal Historian Ruth Plumly Thompson received a historical marker.
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** Those who have been involved with Oz who have recently passed away:
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Lee Stan Lee], the famed Marvel Comics editor and creator, who was a driving force behind Marvel's Treasury edition comic adaptations of ''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''The Land of Oz'' in the 1970s.
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*** Susan Morse, the singing voice of Dorothy in the 1964 TV special [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_to_Oz_(TV_special) ''Return to Oz''].
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*** Fred Patten, an early member of the International Wizard of Club and participant in the earliest Winkie Conventions, chairing the convention in 1968.
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* "Awards and Honors" acknowledges those Club members who have contributed above and beyond their regular memberships in 2018, and lists the prior recipients of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
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* Jane Albright writes an appreciation of Bill Thompson, the 2018 recipient of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
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* Sarah K. Crotzer writes about her favorite Oz book in "The Rescue of the Tin Woodman: An Appreciation".
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* "Men of Heart: A Song for Five Voices" interviews the creators of four different adaptations of the story of Nick Chopper:
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** Ray Tintori, [https://youtu.be/3nvMmChdiyo ''Death to the Tinman''] (2007).
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** Brandon McCormick, [https://youtu.be/BWdUmcwZn-A ''Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man''] (2010).
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** James Ortiz, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Woodsman_(play) ''The Woodsman''] (2012).
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** Matzilla Duron and Nick Boxwell, the still-in-production [https://www.tinwoods.com/ ''The Tin Woods''].
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* "The Beginner's Guide to Oz Book Collecting" lists some important editions of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'' that collectors may want to look for.
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* J. L. Bell examines the themes of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'' in "Meat Glue".
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* A call for the whereabouts of original art from the Oz books, to be catalogued at https://www.lostartofoz.com/.
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* "Oz Under Scrutiny" takes an extensive look at contemporary reviews and other articles about ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* Dina Schiff Massachi looks at Todrick Hall's visual album [https://youtu.be/4mUSwHhJ6zA ''Straight Outta Oz''], particularly how Hall interprets the Tin Woodman, in "Metal Malleable Male".
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* A link to a gallery of depictions of the Tin Woodman, [http://ozclub.org/galleries/100-years-100-tin-men/ "100 Years, 100 in Men"].
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* In "Oz in the Arts":
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet in Kansas City, Missouri, back in October, reviewed by Paul Miles Schneider.
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** A [https://www.flickr.com/photos/hbwtheatre/albums/72157702896273541 children's theater production of ''Ozma of Oz''] in Arlington, Virginia in December, reviewed by Michael Gessel.
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** ''Scraps'', a new play, in Chicago in September, reviewed by Carrie Hedges.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' on stage in Aurora, Illinois, over the holiday season, reviewed by Steve Smith.
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** A performance art adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in a London cemetery last July, reviewed by Nick Campbell.
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** [http://chroniclesofoz.com/ The ''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast], so far having adapted the first two Oz books, reviewed by Jared Davis.
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* A call for Club members to share photos of any events they may go to this year to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the famous MGM film adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Books presented in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1941813186/thewonderwizardo/ ''Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist'' by former Club President Angelica Shirley Carpenter], a biography of L. Frank Baum's highly influential mother-in-law, reviewed by Judy Bieber.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493042831/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz: Evolution, Creation, and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece'' by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman], their latest book about the famous film version, reviewed by Mark Griffin.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1724902555/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Magic Belt'', the third volume in Paul Miles Schneider's Oz series], reviewed by Jane Albright.
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* Patty Tobias and daughter Kate Koelle remember former Club President, ''Bugle'' editor, and L. Frank Baum Memorial Award winner [http://ozclub.org/blog/barbara-Koelle-1923-2018/ Barbara Koelle], who passed away in 2018.
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* A call to fill the job of designer for the ''Bugle''.
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* And finally, the preview for the next issue promises to reveal how the Smithsonian Institution has been taking care of its pair of Ruby Slippers, information on collecting Reilly and Britton's "Children's Stories That Never Grow Old" series, and the conclusion (at last!) on an earlier story about Oz puppetry.
  
She was often compared to the equally prolific Mel Blanc, but the legendary cartoon producer Chuck Jones (who was in charge of the animated segments of ''Off to See the Wizard'') said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc is the male June Foray."
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There is a lot more in the envelope than the ''Bugle''! Inserts include:
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* The latest issue of the revived ''Oz Gazette'', with all the latest news and gossip straight from the Emerald City.
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* Summaries of many Oz events around the country in the summer of 2018.
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* A call for submissions to [http://ozclub.org/oz-club-contests/ the Oz Club's annual contests] for fiction, non-fiction, and art, with cash prizes.
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* Registration forms for this year's [http://ozclub.org/register-2019-national-convention/ Oz: The National Convention] in Thibodeaux, Louisiana; and [http://www.ozconinternational.com/our-next-convention.html OzCon International] in Pomona, California.
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* Since this is the final issue of the 2018 membership year, [http://ozclub.org/join-the-club/ a renewal form] is enclosed.
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* A flyer for the Club's latest publication, [https://shop.ozclub.org/product.sc?productId=429&categoryId=1 ''Bibliographia Baumiana''].
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* A charming Polychrome paper doll.
  
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There is now a release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'': December 20, 2019. This is still subject to change, but an announced date is a good sign. Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book of the play, is working on the script, and the composer, Stephan Schwartz, is arranging the music (and probably writing a new song or two). No casting announcements have been made yet.
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The previously announced release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'' turns out to have been premature. Universal recently changed their planned release for December 19, 2019, from ''Wicked'' to ''Cats''. So the ''Wicked'' movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, and aiming for a December 22, 2021 release.
  
 
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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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November 27, 2019: The Baum Bugle Autumn 2019

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

The contents of this issue, with links and other additional information, will be added to this entry in the coming weeks, so keep coming back to see what's in it!


November 17, 2019: Oziana 2019

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

In this issue:

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



September 20, 2019: The Baum Bugle Spring 2019

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


In this issue:

Also included with this issue:

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

August 11, 2019: Charles Santore 1935-2019

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

(Information courtesy of WHYY and Wikipedia.)


July 27, 2019: The 2019 Winkie Award

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

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

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

Brown is survived by his wife, Tina Tippit.

(Information courtesy Theatermania.)


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

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

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


June 9, 2019: The 73rd Tony Awards

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

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

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


April 12, 2019: The Baum Bugle Winter 2018

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

In this issue:

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

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

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



Rumor Control

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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