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==April 12, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2018==
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==November 23, 2020: Myrna Swensen, 1926-2020==
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Myrna Swensen, the "Munchkin by marriage" who never got to go to Oz but was a big part of its legacy anyway has passed away. She was all set to play a Munchkin in ''The Wizard of Oz'', but illness prevented her from taking the job. She did marry a Munchkin, however, soldier Clarence Swensen, in 1945, and they raised three daughters. When the Munchkin actors were discovered by fans and began appearing at Oz events around the world, Myrna came along to support her husband, and was welcomed by Ozians everywhere. Even after Clarence passed away, Myrna kept going to Oz events for as long as she was able. She is survived by her three daughters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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(Family information courtesy [https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=myrna-myrle-swensen&pid=197182067 the ''Ausin American-Statesman''].)
  
 
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==November 13, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 2018, and ''Oziana'' 2018==
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==November 20, 2020: David L. Greene, 1944-2020==
The two latest magazines from the International Wizard of Oz Club—the Club's journal and its annual literary magazine—are both now available.  
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[[File:David L Greene.jpg|right]]Oz scholar and founding member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, Dr. David L. Greene, passed away today. He was seventy-six years old and had been in declining health for some time. He and his twin brother, Douglas G. Greene, were two of the sixteen initial members of the International Wizard of Oz Club when it was started in 1957, and two of the youngest (only founder Justin Schiller was younger), but both quickly contributed much to the Club. David served as editor of the Club's journal, ''The Baum Bugle'', for many years, did extensive research in Oz bibliography, and founded the Club's Special Publications division. He also co-authored the popular book ''The Oz Scrapbook'' with Dick Martin, which came out in 1977. The Greene brothers were jointly awarded the International Wizard of Oz Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, in 1965. Outside of Oz, Greene taught English at Piedmont College in Georgia for thirty-seven years and retired as a Professor Emeritus. He was also interested in genealogy, wrote several books on the subject, was a Fellow and past President of the American Society of Genealogists, and edited ''The American Genealogist'' for twenty-five years. He is survived by his twin brother, Douglas; his non-twin brother, Paul; his wife, Jane; a son, a daughter, two stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.
<br>[[File:Bbautumn2018.jpg|left|400 px]]''The Baum Bugle'' is published three times a year and goes to all members of the International Wizard of Oz Club. While the timely delivery of issues has slipped a little bit this year, coming this late in the cover season is still a major accomplishment considering how late delivery of the ''Bugle'' has been is the past.
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(Information courtesy [https://www.whitfieldfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/David-Greene-13/#!/Obituary the Whitfield Funeral Homes tribute page]. Photo courtesy [https://americangenealogist.com/ ''The American Genealogist''].)
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==November 1, 2020: Books of Wonder Moves==
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[https://booksofwonder.com/ Books of Wonder], the New York City children's bookstore that has been one of the greatest friends Oz has had for the past forty years, has moved! They lost their lease on their original location on 18th Street in Manhattan, but they were able to find a new location quickly, and it's really close. So now you can visit them at 42 West 17th St., just a block away. They're still in the process of completely unpacking, so there may be a few boxes lying around, but the shelves are full and the staff still knows their stuff. Their second location, at 217 West 84th St., is still there, too. But if you're not going to be in the neighborhood any time soon, they still have mail order, including [https://booksofwonder.com/collections/world-of-oz an extensive catalog of Oz items], many of which they've published themselves.
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==October 31, 2020: Sir Sean Connery, 1930-2020==
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Sir Sean Connery, the award-winning Scottish actor who most famously originated the role of James Bond on film, passed away today at his home in the Bahamas. He was 90 years old. Besides playing Bond in seven movies, Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in ''The Untouchables'', a Best Actor BAFTA for ''The Name of the Rose'' and a BAFTA Fellowship, and a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for ''The Untouchables'' as well as the Henrietta Award in 1972 as World film Favorite — Male, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1995, a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He will also be remembered by Oz fans, however, as Zed, the main protagonist who brings death to an indolent immortal community in the 1974 cult classic film ''Zardoz''.
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(Information courtesy [https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54761824 the BBC] and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Connery Wikipedia].
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==October 30, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 2020 and ''Oziana'' 2020==
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[[File:bbautumn20.jpg|left]]Two important issues of International Wizard of Oz Club magazines are now available. All 2020 members of the Club should soon receive the Autumn 2020 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the triannual journal, with this issue celebrating thirty-five years of the 1985 Disney film ''Return to Oz'', with many never-before-published items from the Disney archives. Because of licensing agreements with Disney, this issue is strictly limited, and will likely not be available as a back issue or reprinted in the future, so this will be a particularly sought after issue.
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In this issue:
* The front cover features ''Wicked'' composer Stephen Schwartz, who in interviewed in this issue.
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* The front cover reproduces a concept painting by Michael Ploog of Dorothy meeting the Nome King in ''Return to Oz''.
* The inside cover features scenes of the Frisch Marionettes' production of ''The Wizard of Oz'', reviewed inside.
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* Both inside covers feature more ''Return to Oz'' concept art, these by Harley Jessup.
* "Letters" features Club President Jane Albright and ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer talking about the state of the Club and the ''Bugle''.
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright waxes on how the coronavirus pandemic and cancellation of Oz events around the country has resulted in all kinds of new connections online, while ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer declares the magazine is bringing Halloween to its readers this year while listing the efforts of those to bring it together.
 
* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
 
* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
** The Ruby Slippers, stolen from a Minnesota museum in 2005, have been found!
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** The passing of graphic designer Milton Glaser. As well as the iconic "I ❤️ NY" logo, he also gave the world the iconic design for the Broadway production of ''The Wiz'', showing a swirling dancer in silhouette.
** In ''Wicked'' news, the film version has been pushed back, the West End production in London hit its five thousandth performance, and NBC showed [https://youtu.be/w01wBlhiCHQ ''A Very Wicked Halloween''] fifteenth anniversary special on October 29.
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** Justin Schiller, founder of the International Wizard of Oz Club, announces the closing of his antiquarian and collectibles children's bookshop after more than six decades in business and [https://historical.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?N=1874+793+794+792+2088+4294943087&ic=Items-OpenAuctions-Open-BrowseTitle-071713 the auction of the remaining collection], at the same time he is appearing in [https://booksellersdocumentary.com/ ''The Booksellers''], a documentary about the New York City rare books community.
** Mego, which first made ''Wizard of Oz'' action figures back in the '70s, is back with [https://www.target.com/p/mego-the-wizard-of-oz-dorothy-wicked-witch-action-figure/-/A-53492551 a Dorothy and Wicked Witch two-pack] and [https://www.target.com/p/mego-the-wizard-of-oz-cowardly-lion-action-figure-8/-/A-53475784 the Cowardly Lion], available exclusively at Target.
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** Reproductions of dust jackets for [https://www.dustjackets.com/advSearchResults.php?action=search&orderBy=author&category_id=0&keywordsField=Oz many editions of the Oz books] and [https://www.dustjackets.com/advSearchResults.php?action=search&orderBy=author&category_id=0&keywordsField=Frank+Baum other books by L. Frank Baum] are now available at (where else?) https://www.dustjackets.com/.
** The wedding of Emma Ridley, best known to Oz fans for playing Ozma in Disney's 1985 movie ''Return to Oz''.
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** The International Wizard of Oz Club has loaned two pieces of original art, one by W. W. Denslow from ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' and one by John R. Neill from ''The Marvelous Land of Oz'', to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center of Newport News, Virginia, for the exhibit "Surrealism in Children's Books", a subexhibit of their current show, [https://pfac-va.org/exhibitions/ "Masters of Surrealism: Picasso, Dali, and Miro"].
** Prince Harry and Megan Markle adopted a black Labrador retriever and named it Oz.
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** ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', translated into Esperanto, was used as the data to test new techniques in storing information using DNA in experiments at the University of Texas.
** Commemorating fifteen years of ''Wicked'', the Barbie Signature Collection has issued Barbie versions of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B079JZRC7J/thewonderwizardo/ Elphaba] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B079JV4FYK/thewonderwizardo/ Glinda].
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** Despite the current pandemic, Oz venues such as [https://ozmuseum.com/ The Oz Museum] in Wamego, Kansas; [https://allthingsoz.org/ All Things Oz] in Chittenango, New York; and [https://www.landofoznc.com/ The Land of Oz theme park] in Beech Mountain, North Carolina have figured out ways to keep going.
** The book [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0008252564/thewonderwizardo/ ''Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz''] by Michael Morpurgo has been optioned for a movie by Warner Animation Group.
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" remembers Oz luminaries Bill Edmonds, a long-time attendee of the Winkie Conventions; Timothy Graphenreed, co-writer of the musical numbers "Tornado" and "Emerald City (Pssst)" for ''The Wiz''; and Nancy Petrasko, sister of the late Fred Meyer, long time secretary of the International Wizard of Oz Club.
** Kermit the Frog will appear as the Wizard in the holiday play ''The Wonderful Winter of Oz'' in Pasadena, California.
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** "Through the Tube" found the following ''Return to Oz''-related videos on YouTube:
** The stop motion animated movie [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1571279892/the-tin-woods-a-stop-motion-short-film ''The Tin Woods''], successfully funded on Kickstarter.
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*** [https://youtu.be/CwekadgupW8 An interview with Pons Maar], the Head Wheeler (among other parts), from the "To Oz? To Oz!" virtual convention.
** Of interest on YouTube:
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*** [https://youtu.be/oHhmlet_zCM Jean Marsh at the London Comic Con].
*** [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn6jo_v9L9qI8YrqYISkbaN8nltFoQkcZ Behind the scenes at the Kansas City Ballet's production of ''The Wizard of Oz''.]
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*** [https://youtu.be/0TB4JOyK0Ts Doug Aberle, an artist at Claymation], revealing the secrets behind the destruction of the Nome King, from this year's virtual version of OzCon International.
*** [https://youtu.be/F3X6HpKAEkQ The ''Wizard of Oz'' train ride in Tavares, Florida.]
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* Sarah K. Crotzer praises the subject of this issue in "Outside Over There: In Praise of Walter Murch's ''Return to Oz''".
*** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5sNj3Slv64 Creating a ''Wizard of Oz'' gingerbread house.]
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* Nick Campbell looks at the life and career of the man who bent himself double to be the body of Tik-Tok in "Dancer in the Dark: Michael Sundin in Oz".
** Recently passed away: Gary Kurtz, executive producer of ''Return to Oz''; Carole Shelley, who originated the role of Madame Morrible in ''Wicked'' on Broadway; longtime Oz fan and Club member Jack Vincent; Will Vinton, Claymation animator who supervised the creation of the Nomes in ''Return to Oz''; and Helen Younger, owner of [https://www.alephbet.com/ Aleph-Bet Books] where many collectors found rare Oz books over the years.
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* Karen Diket examines some of the unpleasant underlying medical issues of the movie in "Unpleasant Dreams: The Role of Electroshock Therapy in ''Return to Oz''".
* Michael Gessel remembers one of Oz's crankiest but most steadfast fans in "Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018" (alongside [https://youtu.be/4hH6Gs0ncT8 a video essay by Ellison about Oz]).
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* Kevin M. Kern interviews an artist who worked on concept art and storyboards for ''Return to Oz'' in "Brooding and Beautiful: A Conversation with Harley Jessup". The article is illustrated with many examples of Jessup's ''Return to Oz'' work from the Disney archives, some reproduced in color, and most having never been published before.
* Willard Carroll remembers the recently deceased Jerry Maren, the last little person who played a Munchkin in ''The Wizard of Oz'' in "Punching Above His Weight—and Height". There's also [https://youtu.be/2XzFNLJIpUQ a video of the Lollipop Guild with their original voices], including Jerry's.
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* Coyote Shook takes a different viewpoint on the movie in "30 Beautiful Heads: ''Return to Oz'' Through a Disability Lens".
* Brady Schwind interviews the man behind the music of ''Wicked'' in "The Wizard and I: On the Road with Stephen Schwartz".
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* Nick Campbell examines three different book versions of the same movie in "There Must Have Been Some Magic Words: Novelizations of ''Return to Oz''".
* Schwartz' original outline for Act I of ''Wicked'', which didn't turn out exactly as it did on stage (act II can be found in the second edition of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1540031462/thewonderwizardo/ ''Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked'']).
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* Howard Berry talks to the director about his experience with ''Return to Oz'', among other career highlights involving one of Great Britain's most acclaimed film studios, in "Return to Elstree: Walter Murch and ''Oz'' at Elstree Studios".
* "Unfilmed Oz" looks at the late Rob Roy MacVeigh's animated adaptation of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''.
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* And finally, the back cover reproduces a painting of the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion used as set dressing in ''Return to Oz''.
* Jay Scarfone and William Stillman look at the creation and production of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493036297/thewonderwizardo/ their latest book] in "Journey to ''The Road to Oz''".
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* In ''The Oz Gazette'', the journal-for-younger-Oz-fans-within-the-journal:
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** "Powder of Life Lets Loose on Locals" summarizes some of the events of ''The Marvelous Land of Oz''.
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** Managing Editor Dorothy Gale writes a chatty "Editorial".
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** "Drama! Excitement! Romance! Tragedy!" looks at the theatrical career of L. Frank Baum.
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** The Scarecrow reviews [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1328498840/thewonderwizardo/ ''Mary Poppins'' by P. L. Travers].
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** Glinda explains when a witch is not a witch.
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** The Wizard is interviewed.
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** The Hungry Tiger opens a restaurant.
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** And in an insert, you can make a Jack Pumpkinhead marionette.
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* Angelica Shirley Carpenter talks about the research on [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1941813186/thewonderwizardo/ her recent book about L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law] in "Looking for Matilda".
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* In "Oz in the Arts":
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' at the Messner Puppet Theatre in Bonner Springs, Kansas (which you can see parts of [https://youtu.be/LN2QLh2q4Iw here] and [https://youtu.be/mUc6yqwiuIw here]), reviewed by Nick Campbell.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' by the Frisch Marionette Company in Nashville, Tennessee (which you can see parts of [https://youtu.be/qaoMsFpsNzM here] and [https://youtu.be/JipG8UZ0tbQ here], reviewed by Sarah Crotzer.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' play at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Kent, in the United Kingdom, reviewed by Michael O'Connor.
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** ''The Wiz'' at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, and The Muny in St. Louis, Missouri, reviewed by Lynn Beltz (with clips you can view [https://youtu.be/dhqL1o72Vrk here], [https://youtu.be/R3ITTCuoLrU here], [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7MyP7mR4nw here], and [https://youtu.be/kvYRQmtLziA here]).
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* Books appearing in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0999701606/thewonderwizardo/ ''Friends of Dorothy: Wy Gay Boys and Gay Men Love'' The Wizard of Oz by Dee Michel], reviewed by Brian Atterby.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1626728690/thewonderwizardo/ ''Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World'' by P&eacute;n&eacute;lope Bagiieu] (one of them being Margaret Hamilton), reviewed by Angelica Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190467347/thewonderwizardo/ ''Arlen and Harburg's'' Over the Rainbow by Walter Frisch], reviewed by Ryan Bunch.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991199154/thewonderwizardo/ ''Yookoohoos of Oz'' by Paul Dana, illustrated by Vincent Myrand], reviewed by Mari Ness.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0763681148/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hearts Unbroken'' by Cynthia Leitich Smith], revolving in part around a high school production of ''The Wizard of Oz'', reviewed by Angelica Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1481469754/thewonderwizardo/ ''Gabriel Gale's Ages of Oz: A Dark Descent'' by Lisa Fiedler, illustrated by Sebastian Giacobino] (the second volume in the series), reviewed by Joe Bongiorno.
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* In "Adventures in Oz", Randy Struthers details how he tracked down a star-tipped wand Billie Burke used in some publicity photos as Glinda.
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* The back inside cover has illustrations from Rob Roy MacVeigh's unproduced animated adaptation of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''.
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* The rear cover is a portrait of Jerry Maren in recent years, still carrying a lollipop.
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[[File:Oziana2018.jpeg|right]]And in the 2018 issue of ''Oziana'', the Oz Club's literary magazine:
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* Hailing from Scotland, cover artist Brian Russell illustrates "Omby's Sword Dance".
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* Momina Arif presents a shape poem in "The Brains, the Heart, the Courage, and Home".
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* "The Strongman of Oz" by Jared Davis, with illustrations by Sam Milazzo, tells the story of one of the Wizard's old circus colleagues, and how he is ensnared by a witch to get revenge on the Wizard.
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* "The Fabulous Frogman and the Faith of Freakish Friends" by Joe Bongiorno, illustrated by Darrell Spradlyn, is a sequel to "The Final Fate of the Frogman" from the 1990 issue, and details how his friends found the Frogman after that story and brought him back into their inner circle.
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* Finally, Kim McFarland provides a back cover illustration.
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''Oziana'' 2018 can be ordered from [http://www.lulu.com/shop/marcus-mebes/oziana-2018/paperback/product-23900060.html Lulu.com]. Anyone, not just Oz Club members, may order a copy.
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* A Tin Woodman marionette.
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* The latest issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what their actual age is), which includes:
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** A report on past Halloween shenanigans in Oz.
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** An editorial from the new editor, the Scarecrow, about how he thinks he's doing so far.
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** A look back at a popular movie in the Emerald City at this time of year, ''Return to Oz'' (1985).
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** "Ask Glinda" sees a previous correspondent catching the sorceress up on what's happening to her, including her meeting with the Demon of Electricity.
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** After an absence of about 115 years, the return of "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?"
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** An interview with Jack Pumpkinhead.
  
==September 4, 2018: Ruby Slippers Found!==
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[[File:Oziana 2020.jpg|right]]Also out now is the Club's annual fiction anthology, ''Oziana''. The 2020 issue is of especial importance because this is the fiftieth issue. Unlike ''The Baum Bugle'', ''Oziana'' is available to anyone at any time, and can be ordered [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/oziana-2020/paperback/product-wq98jd.html at this link].
[[File:dorothys-ruby-slippers-stolen-promo.jpg|center]]A pair of ruby slippers, stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 2005, have been recovered. The Grand Rapids police and the FBI's Minneapolis division worked together, enlisting the aid of the Smithsonian Institution, and announced the recovery today. While the investigation is still ongoing, it quickly transpired that the insurance company that paid out after their theft from the museum in Judy Garland's birthplace had been contacted about the slippers. It quickly became evident that the person was trying to extort money from the insurance company. Law enforcement became involved, and a sting operation was created to recover the shoes and arrest the perpetrators. The Smithsonian, at the time restoring their own pair of the shoes, was called in to authenticate the shoes, which they did.
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* The front cover by Able Tong features many favorite Oz characters dressed to the nines in celebration of Oz's 120th anniversary and the fiftieth issue of ''Oziana''.
<br><br>(Information courtesy [https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45411765 the BBC], the [https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/stolen-ruby-slippers-recovered-090418 Federal Bureau of Investigation] ([https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/minneapolis/news/press-releases/fbi-recovers-stolen-ruby-slippers-used-in-the-wizard-of-oz here, too]), and [http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/recovered-ruby-slippers the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History].
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* "Zinnia's Wish" by Suren Oganessian, with illustrations by Mitchell Mayle, sees a Flutterbudget named Zinnia coming to the Emerald City in an effort to fulfill her heart's desire, but it's probably not something much of the rest of Oz wants. (Mayle also provides a color illustration for the story on the back cover.)
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* "A Use for Jack's Pumpkins" is the first recipe ever published in ''Oziana''.
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* "Dinner at the Del" by Robert Baum tells of a meeting between the author's great-grandfather and an old sailor at the Hotel Del Coronado that would have long-reaching effects.
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* "The Wizards of Silver and Gold in Oz: Part 1" by Nathan DeHoff and Joe Bongiorno, illustrated by Dennis Anfuso, tells a tale of Quiberon and an ozoplane. And yes, it ends on a cliffhanger, to be resolved in the 2021 issue.
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* "Polychrome's Sky School" by Paul Dana, illustrate by Sam Milazzo, shows us just how Polychrome learned how to do magic.
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==August 11, 2018: The L. Frank Baum Memorial Award and the Winkie Award==
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==August 15, 2020: International Wizard of Oz Club Awards==
Tonight, the International Wizard of Oz Club bestowed two of its highest honors on two long-time members during [http://www.ozconinternational.com/ OzCon International] in Pomona, California. The L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, for contributions to the Club and Oz in general, went to Bill Thompson, whose book [https://shop.ozclub.org/product.sc?productId=429&categoryId=1 ''Bibliographia Baumiana''] debuted at the convention. Thompson has been a tireless researcher, as well as a collector of Oz memorabilia which he then auctions off at the Club's conventions to raise funds.
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This evening, the International Wizard of Club presented its annual awards at 2Oz? 2Oz! which is this year's national Oz convention, held online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winners are:
  
<br>OzCon also presented its own award, the Winkie Award, to long-time attendee Susan Hall, best known for her costumes and quizzes. She has also helped the convention with presentations and panels, game shows, and many other bits of help over the decades. Both awards are richly deserved.
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* The Fred Otto Prize for short fiction went to "The Flutterbudget Revolt" by Suren Oganessian in first place, and "''The Sea Fairies'' Lost Chapter: Trot and the Sleeper" by Erica Olivera in second.
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* The C. Warren Hollister Prize for non-fiction went to "No Place Like Oz" by Kathryn Sadakierski in first place, and “Lessons in Personality Integration from the Movies ''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''The Wiz''” by Mackenzie Littledale winning second place.
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And the Club's highest award, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, for contributions to Oz and the Club's mission, went to Gina Wickwar, author of ''The Hidden Prince of Oz'' and ''Toto of Oz'', and short stories for ''Oziana'', as well as her work for the Club as Secretary and in other capacities. Here's the video of the presentation, with testimonials and reactions:
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==July 2, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2018==
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==August 1, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2020 issue==
[[File:Bbspring18.jpg|right|400 px]]The latest issue of the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, ''The Baum Bugle'', is now heading out to Club members. The first issue under new editor Sarah 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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[[File:Bbspring20.jpg|600 px|right]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now in the mail and making its way towards members. This is the first issue of the 2020 membership year, with the current COVID-19 pandemic no doubt contributing to the usual problems the ''Bugle'' has to keeping to its intended schedule.
  
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* The 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 covers celebrate the ''Broadway Celebrates Oz'' photograph series, with Dorothy and her friends on the front cover, the Wicked With of the West on the back, and costume sketches and designs on the inside covers.
* 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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* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright and ''Baum Bugle'' editor Sarah Krotzer talk about the latest Oz issues.
* 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" brings us news of:
* "The Bugle Bulletin" highlighs Oz events and developments since the last issue. In this edition:
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** The #LivingRoomTheatre challenge by ''Playbill'' magazine, and [https://www.playbill.com/article/our-top-3-videos-from-week-1-of-the-livingroomtheatre-challenge the Ozzy results of the first week].
** The reopening of [https://shop.ozclub.org/ the Club's store].
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' takes on a new cinematic life during the coronavirus pandemic as a staple at drive-in theaters, as well as in movie theaters in Japan.
** [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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** [https://www.facebook.com/ArtistTimWolak/ The Oz art of Tim Wolak].
** 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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** [https://www.dropbox.com/s/65azjnd7wb1qmf6/OTR%20Full%20Virtual%20Message.mp4 ''Over the Rainbow: The Rock Ballet''] is used as a call for social justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
** 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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** A tribute to Hollywood icons, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, as [https://www.whio.com/news/centerville-native-paints-mural-plaza-theatre-miamisburg-reopening/3CSQ5ODOUVCM7CGJOYXBJHTBFI/ a mural in Miamisburg, Ohio].
** [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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** The new webcomic [https://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/webtoon-greenlight/escape-from-oz-13/viewer?title_no=1988&episode_no=22&webtoonType=WEBTOON&ogTagImageUrl=%2F20200626_107%2F1593111138089n3Gzr_JPEG%2F04_EC9E91ED9288EC8381EC84B8_mobile.jpg%3Ftype%3Dcrop540_540 ''Escape from Oz''].
** "In Brief":
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** "Through the Tube" presents the latest Oz findings on YouTube:
*** 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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*** [https://youtu.be/KmZ-r229IiQ Family home movies from the 1970s of the Land of Oz theme park in North Carolina].
*** The recently named [https://gizmodo.com/plutos-moon-charon-now-has-a-crater-called-dorothy-amo-1825203823 Dorothy Crater] on Charon, Pluto's moon.
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*** [https://youtu.be/EB2PTkMPfco a tour of Dorothy's House], the tourist attraction in Liberal, Kansas.
*** Lorna Luft (Judy Garland's second daughter) [https://www.apnews.com/6e525c5301e743219b17d68ab613fc62 undergoing successful surgery to remove a brain tumor].
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*** [https://youtu.be/fGzJo4Hzkw0 The Spirit of Oz troupe performing at Storybook Land] in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
** In "Through the Tube!" the Great Jinjin passes judgement on:
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" notes the passing in March of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Schramm_(actor) actor David Schramm]; best known as Roy Biggins in ''Wings'', he also played W. W. Denslow in the 1990 TV movie ''The Dreamer of Oz''.
*** Bollywood-style adaptation [https://youtu.be/67WRfCfMSFU ''Wazir of Oz''].
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* "Broadway Melody of Oz" looks at the ''Broadway Celebrates Oz'' photograph series, how it came about, and how it came together (including a link to [https://www.broadwaybox.com/daily-scoop/category/broadway-celebrates-oz/ more photos, video, and commentiary]).
*** PlayStation VR's [https://youtu.be/ux6_dV39tjA ''Run Dorothy Run''].
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* "Collecter's Corner" by David Diket looks at the View-Master's reels of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
*** A [https://youtu.be/y2horVdXz70 ''Wizard of Oz'' themed homecoming assembly].
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* Anil Tambwekar looks at the career of a noted children's author of the twentieth century and her near brush with the Emerald city in "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Augusta_Dickerson Mary Dickerson Donahey]: Almost Royal Historian of Oz".
*** Jim Carrey's new painting, [https://youtu.be/b-bWRIgz1KU "Wicked Witch of the West Wing"].
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* In his "Lost Art of Oz" column, Brady Schwind looks at the illustrations that became the pages 170-171 double-page spread of ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz''.
** "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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* Michael Gessel tells the story of the creation and growth of [https://hollandozproject.com/ a park exhibit on the shores of Lake Michigan devoted to Oz] in "The Holland Oz Project".
* 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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* [https://americanstudies.uncc.edu/dina-massachi-ma Dina Schiff Massachi] presents a round up of students from her class about ''The Wizard of Oz'' at UNC-Charlotte in "Tomorrow's Scholars Today".
* Albright then looks at the history of Oz puppetry in part one of "Pulling Strings".
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* "Oz Under Quarantine! Oz Community Events—At Home" presents a round-up of how Oz events worldwidewide, not being able to gather in person this year, have shifted gears and presented virtual events.
* 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":
 
* Reviewed in "Oz in the Arts":
** The ballet ''Dorothy and the Prince of Oz'', performed by BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, reviewed by Scott Cummings.
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** [https://hitthebricks.com/ ''Hit the Bricks''], the podcast telling a new tale about Oz.
** The latest play version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', this one put on by Syracuse Stage in New York state, reviewed by Blair Frödelius.
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** [https://smile.amazon.com/Fantastic-Journey-Alyson-Leigh-Rosenfeld/dp/B086V2YTM3/ ''Fantastic Journey to Oz''], the English-dubbed and re-Ozzified version of the Russian animated film version of ''Урфин Джюс и его Деревянные Солдаты''. This is set up as an original sequel to ''The Wizard of Oz'' in which Dorothy's namesake granddaughter goes to Oz to help the Scarecrow overthrow an evil magician and his band of wooden soldiers who have overtaken the country.
** 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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* In "The Bugle Review":
* "The Bugle Review" reviews the following books:
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/039958207X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Cheshire Crossing'' by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen], reviewed by Peter Schulenberg.
** [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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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/the-haunted-castle-of-oz/hardcover/product-1567egpj.html ''The Haunted Castle of Oz'' by Marcus Mébès, illustrated by Kamui Ayami], reviewed by Alan Wise
** [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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** ''What Is the Story of'' The Wizard of Oz''?'' by Kirsten Andersen, illustrated by Robert Squier'', reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
** [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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** The new SeaWolf Press editions of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433290/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Royal Book of Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433266/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kabumpo in Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433274/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Cowardly Lion of Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433282/thewonderwizardo/ ''Grampa in Oz''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433304/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Sea Fairies''], noted by Sarah K. Crotzer.
** [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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* "Adventures in Oz" looks back at [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_in_Concert:_Dreams_Come_True ''The Wizard of Oz in Concert''] twenty-five years after its debut, written by Christina Maffa. (And if you've never seen this all-star benefit production of ''The Wizard of Oz'', this is your chance!)
** [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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Also coming along with this issue:
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* A flyer for this year's national Oz convention, [https://ozis.us/ To Oz? To Oz!], being held for the first time online.
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* This issue's craft is a paper version of one of the Three Adepts at Magic, from ''Glinda of Oz'', in the form of a fish. (Which fish it is depends on how you color it!)
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* And ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (of all ages) features:
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** An interview with Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter.
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** A look back at the 1939 MGM film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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** A contest to draw the Jitterbug.
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** The Scarecrow, the new editor of ''The Oz Gazette'', introduces himself in the Editorial.
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** The news flash that Aujah, one of the Three Adepts, decided to go exploring the world by becoming a fish again.
  
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==July 18, 2020: The 2020 Winkie Award==
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OzCon International, the world's longest running Oz event, met for the first time online as a virtual event, due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This did not prevent the convention from presenting its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to Colin Ayres. Colin only started attending OzCon relatively recently, but he quickly jumped in and involved himself deeply, putting on many panels and presentations. Two years ago, he became vice chair, succeeding as chair last year, and decided to serve as chair again for a second year. Little did he know that one of the decisions he would have to make would be to cancel the convention and move it all online! But even before that happened, his fellow OzCon attendees voted him as the one who deserves the award.
  
 
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==June 6, 2018: Jerry Maren 1920-2018==
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==April 17, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'', Winter 2019 issue==
[[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. 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. (Contrary to popular belief, Maren did not appear in the all-little people Western musical, ''The Terror of Tiny Town''.) 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 getting started. 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 ''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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The final issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has come out for the 2019 membership year. Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the printers were not able to print the issue in a timely manner; so, in an unprecedented move, the Club sent out the issue to Club members as a .pdf file via e-mail. ('''UPDATE''', May 9: The printer has come through, and the print version is now making its way into members' mailboxes.) This marks the end of the 2019 membership year, and members are encouraged to [https://shop.ozclub.org/product-category/iwoc-membership/ renew their memberships for 2020] soon.
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In this issue:
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* The front cover reproduces Michael Herring's painting for the 1981 Del Rey edition of ''The Magic of Oz''—appropriate, as 2019 marks the centennial of L. Frank Baum's penultimate Oz book, ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* The inside front cover is one of John R. Neill's color plates from ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* The first page, besides the indicia and table of contents, reproduces an illustration by Leonid Vladimirsky from ''Волшебник Изумрудного Города'' (''The Wizard of the Emerald City'').
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright seeks contributors who can update [https://ozclub.org/oz-timeline/ the Oz Timeline], while ''Bugle'' Editor-in-Chief Sarah K. Crotzer previews the issue at hand and how it came about.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The 2017 Russian animated film ''Fantastic Journey to Oz'' has spawned a sequel, ''Урфин Джюс бозбращаемся'' (''Fantastic Return to Oz''), based on the Magic Land book ''The Fiery God of the Marrans''.
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** The debut of the new Oz dramatic podcast, [https://hitthebricks.com/ ''Hit the Bricks''].
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** A Yellow Brick Sidewalk is being constructed in Chicago that leads to 1167 N. Humboldt Blvd., where L. Frank Baum wrote ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' when he lived in a house that is no longer there. (The sidewalk will end at a mural commemorating the creation of Oz.)
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** [https://www.broadwaybox.com/daily-scoop/category/broadway-celebrates-oz/ "Broadway Celebrates Oz"] is a photographic exhibit celebrating the eightieth anniversary of the famous film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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** An exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library, "The Autograph Book of L. A.", includes a contribution by L. Frank Baum from 1908 (several years before he moved to the area himself).
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** A new Oz book, [https://github.com/NaNoGenMo/2018/issues/61 ''The Valley Girl of Oz, Bjork Bjork Bjork''], that involves running ''The Emerald City of Oz'' through a computer algorithm that changed the descriptions to, like, Valleyspeak, while the dialogue was rendered into Swedish Chef.
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** "Through the Tube" presents an all-commercials collection of Oz clips on YouTube:
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*** [https://youtu.be/7_nJjI_aVrM White Lily cornmeal mix (1987)]
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*** [https://youtu.be/IdH--kRrLdo Energizer batteries (1993)]
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*** [https://youtu.be/fJw33PFUS7U Chef Boyardee (2006)]
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* In "Awards and Honors":
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** Ozma's Honor Roll for 2019, those Club members who have gone above and beyond the Club's regular membership rates to give more to the Club.
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** The list of recipients of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award is updated with the 2019 winner, Bill Beem.
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** Part of Renée Zellweger's acceptance speech for her Oscar, portraying Judy Garland in ''Judy'', is printed.
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* Dennis Wilson Wise writes about the history of magic words, with emphasis on the ones used in the Oz books, in "Pyrzqxgl, or How to Do Things with Magic Words".
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* In a new regular feature, "The Lost Art of Oz", Brady Schwind looks at the development of Dick Martin's 1960 dust jacket for ''The Magic of Oz''. (The inside and outside back covers of this issue reprints some of Martin's preliminary work for the jacket.)
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* Ian Davis Smith writes about renowned Chinese magician Ching Ling Foo and his performance for the Uplifters—whose members included L. Frank Baum—in "A Magic Night with the Uplifters".
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* The short story "The Believing Child" by Zenna Henderson, first published in 1970, is reprinted to celebrate both its own fiftieth birthday and the centennial of the book that causes the problems in the story, ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* "Oz Under Scrutiny" looks at the original 1919 reviews and reactions to ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* "Monuments of Magic Land" looks at monuments to characters created by Aleksandr Volkov, for his very Oz-like Magic Land series, in Tomsk, Slovakia and Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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* The examination of the Smithsonian Institution's efforts to preserve their pair of Ruby Slippers concludes in part two of "Keep Them Ruby: Following the Steps of the Ruby Slippers" by Jonathan Shirshekan.
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* "A Beginner's Guide to Collecting" celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the most watched movie in history with an examination of some of the earliest collectibles for the 1939 film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Cynthia Ragni gives a preview of [http://www.ozconvention.org/ the Club's big annual event] in "Arts and Crozfts: Come to the 2020 OzClub Convention".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Fadia Mereani reviews one of the first big musicals to tour Saudi Arabia, [https://wizardofoztour.com/ ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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* "The Bugle Review" reviews and notes of several new books, including:
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733715150/thewonderwizardo/ ''Immortal Longings of Oz'' by Paul Dana], reviewed by Mari Ness.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080717047X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Amazons in America: Matriarchs, Utopians, and Wonder Women in U. S. Popular Culture'' by Keira V. Williams], reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1732431736/thewonderwizardo/ ''Book Restoration Unveiled: An Essential Guide for Bibliophiles'' by Sophia S. W. Bogle], reviewed by Cynthia Ragni.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190663170/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions fromBaum to MGM and Beyond'', edited by Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1096980266/thewonderwizardo/ ''Beyond Oz: A Crazy Ink Anthology'', edited by Erin Wolf].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/138781320X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Cardboard King in Oz'' by Gil S. Joel].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486821676/thewonderwizardo/ ''Creative Haven Wizard of Oz Designs Coloring Book'' by Marty Noble].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486821676/thewonderwizardo/ ''Delusions Beyond the Deadly Desert: A Novella'' by Lisa Valenti].
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** [http://thewizardofoz.info/wiki/Dunkiton_Press ''Dunkiton Press #26: The Perhappsy Chaps #6'', ''Dunkiton Press #27: Mice #1'' and ''Dunkiton Press #28: Mice #2'' by Ruth Plumly Thompson, edited by Ruth Berman].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1701012324/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emerald City Academy, Book 1: Sentinels of Oz''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1709524154/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emerald City Academy, Book 2: Francesca, the Great and Terrible'' by J. B. Trepagnier].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062348779/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow'' by Peter Guzzardi].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1387080156/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Fairy Wand of Oz'' by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Carol P. Silva].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1718060718/thewonderwizardo/ ''Forever in Oz'' by Matthew J. Norcross].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1707291365/thewonderwizardo/ ''Frankenstein's Monster in Oz'' by Carl Scott Harker].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733715118/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Haunted Castle of Oz'' by Marcus Mébès].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1985795833/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hidden Heroes of Oz, Book 1: Chopper''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/198579585X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hidden Heroes of Oz, Book 2: Guardian Martyr'' by Tarl Telford].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1075254914/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 1: The Ruby Fortress''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1076195202/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 2: The Quartz Tower''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1079218130/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 3: The Prism City'' by Carrie Whitehorne].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991199197/thewonderwizardo/ ''Lost Histories from the Royal Librarian of Oz'' by Joe Bongiorno].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1070784745/thewonderwizardo/ ''Mr. Wizardo'' by Eva Pasco].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0998058254/thewonderwizardo/ ''O. Z. Diggs Himself Out'' by Ron Baxley, Jr.]
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1574330489/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ozhouse Reopened: The Curse of Budistiltskin'' by Alan Lindsay and Dennis Anfuso].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0545953227/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ozland (Everland, Book 3)'' by Wendy Spinale].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1492868116/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Red Brick Road'' by Robert P. Wills].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/3030065901/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Wicked: The Marketing and Consumption of Oz from L. Frank Baum to Broadway'' by Kent Drummond, Susan Aronstein, and Terri L. Rittenburg].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/royal-explorers-of-oz-book-4-hb/hardcover/product-12qjmgmv.html ''The Royal Explorers of Oz, Book 4: Into the Wild'' by Marcus Mébès and Alejandro Garcia].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1790107229/thewonderwizardo/ ''Salma and the Play from Oz'' by Jodie Nikela].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1698839413/thewonderwizardo/ ''Shakespeare's Oz'' by Jordan Monsell] (with apologies to William Shakespeare).
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1729226663/thewonderwizardo/ ''Stairway to Oz'' by Robin Hess].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1093389028/thewonderwizardo/ ''Theodore Gale in Oz'' by KuroKoneko Kamen].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1387742892/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Umbrellaphant in Oz'' by Carol P. Silva and Marin Elizabeth Xiques].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/shop/marin-elizabeth-xiques-and-chris-dulabone/under-the-influence-of-oz/paperback/product-24186547.html ''Under the Influence of Oz'' by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0998479861/thewonderwizardo/ ''Upon the Name of Oz'' by Charles Shearer].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1524788309/thewonderwizardo/ ''What Is the Story of The Wizard of Oz?'' by Kirsten Anderson].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1790753031/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Origins''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1796683167/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Gambit''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1097738329/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Rebel'' by Paula Black].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1980391939/thewonderwizardo/ ''Witch Queens: Tales from Oz'' by S. Cinders].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/172632558X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Animated World of The Wizard of Oz'' by Kevin Scott Collier].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1643723243/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Poster Coloring Book'' by Victoria Marble].
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* In "Adventures in Oz", Zoe O'Haillin-Berne tells the story of how her cosplaying at Oz festivals led to founding a traveling character troupe.
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* A 2020 membership form (for those who don't want to renew their membership online).
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* A registration form for the National Oz Convention.
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* The third part of the Emerald City toy theatre.
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* An "Oz Live 2019" supplement, reporting on:
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** The 2019 National Oz Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
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** Oz-Stravaganza! in Chittenango, New York.
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** The Quadling Convention in Moore, Oklahoma.
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** The Judy Garland Festival and Children's Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
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** The Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival in Ionia, Michigan.
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** OzCon International in Pomona, California.
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** Autumn in Oz in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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** Oztoberfest in Wamego, Kansas.
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** Ohio Oz Fest in Twinsburg, Ohio.
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* The latest issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what age their birth certificate might say), featuring:
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** A new expedition for Trot and Cap'n Bill.
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** Dorothy's final "Editorial", as she's handing over the reins as Editor in Chief to the Scarecrow.
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** The conclusion to the biography of L. Frank Baum.
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** A play written by the Scarecrow, relating some of the events of ''The Magic of Oz''.
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** In "Ask Glinda", the sorceress and some of her friends answer the question, "How do I get to Oz?"
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==May 13, 2018: Margot Kidder 1948-2018==
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==February 9, 2020: ''Judy'' and the 2019 Movie Awards Season==
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Renée Zellweger was presented with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role tonight for her performance as Judy Garland in the later years of her life in the film ''Judy''. This culminates the 2019-20 movie award season, which saw Zellweger give early notice that she would be a factor, as she also won the following awards:
<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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* Hollywood Actress Award at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards.
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* Best Actress at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards.
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* Best Lead Actress at the 2019 Atlanta Film Critics Circle.
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* Best Actress at the 2019 Phoenix Film Critics Society.
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* Best Actress at the 2020 Houston Film Critics Society.
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* The Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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* Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
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* Best Actress from the National Board of Review.
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* Best Actress from the 2020 AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards.
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* Best Actress from the 2020 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
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* The American Riviera Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
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* Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award.
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* Actress of the Year from the 2020 London Film Critics Circle.
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* Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs).
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* Best Female Lead at the 2020 Independent Film Awards.
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Zellweger was also a runner-up for Best Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society.
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Renée Zellweger wasn't the only award presented to ''Judy'' or one of its contributors:
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* Jeremy Woodhead won Make Up and Hair Design from the British Independent Film Awards. (Woodhead was also nominated for the Oscar in the same category, but lost to ''Bombshell''.)
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* The film was one of the top ten independent films named by the National Board of Review.
  
 
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==April 23, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2017 issue==
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==November 27, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 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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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.
  
* A newly colored slide from the 1939 release of ''The Wizard of Oz'', done by [https://www.instagram.com/hollywood_stars_in_color/ Victor Mascaro], on the cover.
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In this issue:
* Outgoing editor John Fricke looks back on his year in charge and ahead to the future in "From the Editor".
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* The wraparound cover by Mark Manley shows L. Frank Baum meeting with many of the characters he created in the Emerald City. The inside covers show some of Manley's preliminary sketches and the development of the final artwork.
* 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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* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright outlining how Ozzy her summer was, while ''Baum Bugle'' editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer looks at the process of putting this issue together.
* In "Oz and Ends":
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* "Awards and Honors" tells the world that Bill Beem won the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award for 2019, written up by Peter E. Hanff and Bill Thompson.
** "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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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
** ''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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** The original set parts for "Over the Rainbow" were found in the collection of Angela White, the daughter of Dave Rose, Judy Garland's first husband (not her third husband, as the ''Bugle'' reports). It was performed in public for the first time on September 14, 2019.
** 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 black-and-white dress, worn onscreen by Bobby Koshay as she doubled for Judy Garland in ''The Wizard of Oz'', two Munchkin jackets, an Emerald City townsfolk jacket, and an Emerald City soldier's musket all went up for auction at [https://profilesinhistory.com/auctions/the-icons-legends-of-hollywood-auction/ Profiles in History]. Meanwhile, Ray Bolger's Tony Award for Charley's Aunt was auctioned off in August.
** A record turnout for a showing of The Movie in Park Ridge, Illinois.
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** The successful Kickstarter campaign to issue [https://cloverpress.us/collections/all/oz#MainContent a new edition of ''The Royal Book of Oz''], plus [http://www.seawolfpress.com/ Sea Wolf Press's] "100th Anniversary Collection" of all fourteen Oz novels by L. Frank Baum.
** 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 forthcoming ''Wizard of Oz'' escape room at [https://www.stlouisescape.com/escape-room-games-in-st-louis-missouri.html St. Louis Escape Rooms] in St. Louis, Missouri.
** 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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** A correction to last issue's review of ''Oz Behind the Iron Curtain'', giving the correct date for an early edition of ''Волшебник Изумрудного Города''.
** 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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** To celebrate The Movie's eightieth anniversary, Google added some interactivity to [https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&source=hp&ei=p7b6XbfTA4bb-gSAkbyYDg&q=the+wizard+of+oz&oq=the+wizard+of+oz&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l10.1512.5325..5556...0.0..0.197.1707.10j6......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i131.A_51fXVA2hg&ved=0ahUKEwj3wrqsrcDmAhWGrZ4KHYAID-MQ4dUDCAg&uact=5 its search results for ''The Wizard of Oz''] (click on the Ruby Slippers in the upper right hand corner to see for yourself).
** 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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** The National Endowment for the Arts gives a grant to [https://www.eastman.org/ The George Eastman Museum] to help preserve its movie holdings, which include the only known copy of the 1910 film version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', as well as the original negative of the famous 1939 movie version.
** A new series in development for Netflix, [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7504628/ ''Dorothy and Alice''].
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** The Dublin Zoo in Ireland has a classic children's literature theme to their annual [https://www.dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/ "Wild Lights"] holiday attraction. Among the stories profiled is ''The Wizard of Oz''.
** 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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** This year's New York State Fair had a sand sculpture celebrating the eightieth anniversary of The Movie. Not to be outdone, the Kansas State Fair this year featured butter sculptures of Dorothy and other Oz characters.
** 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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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" notes the passing of artist Charles Santore.
** A new slot game, ''Land of Ozz'', from [https://inbetgames.com/en.html InBet Games].
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** "Through the Tube" features the following YouTube videos:
** The restaurant [https://www.facebook.com/oscardiggslex/ Oscar Diggs], named for the Wizards' real name, in Lexington, Kentucky.
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*** [https://youtu.be/CmMN9bNwyDQ Peter Harrington Rare Books looks at the first edition of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''].
** 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/uOWJDjmt4GU "The Traveller and the Pie" from the 1903 stage version of ''The Wizard of Oz''], as presented by the Canton Comic Opera Company.
** [https://youtu.be/EbBu-J0ppAk ''The Oz Medley''] mashes up songs from ''The Wizard of Oz'', ''The Wiz'', and ''Wicked''. (There's also a [https://youtu.be/B9SJ_yClTLg behind-the-scenes video].)
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*** [https://youtu.be/jr7WbWgr3c0 A History of the Hotel del Coronado] in California, where L. Frank Baum wrote several of his books in the earliest years of the twentieth century.
** 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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* As a tribute to the late Fred M. Meyer, the Club's longtime Secretary, the ''Bugle'' published a previously unpublished item found in Meyer's files, "What Might L. Frank Baum Have Written Next?"
* 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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* What may be a fragment of an unfinished Oz story by L. Frank Baum, previously published in the ''Bugle'' in 1965, is reprinted as "An Oz Story", with a new illustration by Mark Manley.
* 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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* Gita Dorothy Morena, L. Frank Baum's great-granddaughter, and daughter of Ozma Baum Mentele, writes about her experiences with Oz and her family in "Living Inside the Oz Legacy".
* 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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* Mark Manley writes about his artistic journey in "Drawn to Oz".
* The four current living charter members of the International Wizard of Oz Club sit down for a collective interview in "Anniversary Recollections: Sixty Years in the Oz Club".
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* "The First Oz Fan Fiction" presents just that—at least the first published one—written by ten-year-old Henry Kutz and nine-year-old Max Stolz, from the June 5, 1909 edition of the ''Syracuse Post-Standard''.
* 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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* "'Written Solely to Please Children': Is Oz Still a Story for Kids?" by Dina Schiff Massachi looks at the audience(s) of the many different interpretations of Oz in mass media over the decades.
* 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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* Jane Albright takes a visit to "The Oz Museum: A World of Its Own in Wamego, Kansas", and catalogs other Oz and Oz-related museums around the United States.
* 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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* Albright also initiates a new column, "Guaranteed for a Thousand Years" with "The Empty Case for Oz", looking at how Oz fans can show off some of their collection in a local museum or library exhibit space. (Further contributions come from David C. Diket and Sarah K. Crotzer.)
* "Adventures in Oz" profiles:
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* In "The Great Book of Records", Scott Cummings looks at contemporary accounts of the passing of the Royal Historian of Oz in "'The Maker of Fairies Is Dead': America Responds to the Death of L. Frank Baum".
** Actress Ruby Rakos, who plays Judy Garland in the play [https://chasingrainbowsmusical.com/ ''Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz''].
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* Presented in "Oz in the Arts":
** Autograph hound Steven Damm.
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** The recent movie [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07YMHC328/thewonderwizardo/ ''Judy''], reviewed by Garrett Kilgore.
** Long-time Oz fan and southern California convention chair Robyn Knutson.
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** ''The Wiz'', put on in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
** Oz memorabilia collector Barry Patraw.
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* Books written up in "The Bugle Review":
** Kindergarten student Rylan Andrews.
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** The French art album [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/2749148081/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz'', illustrated by Stéphane Levallois], reviewed by David Maxine.
* Reviewed (or at least mentioned) in "The Oz Bookshelf":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190639040/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow'' by Holly van Leuven], reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
** [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/0359223508/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Ruby Slippers of Oz: Thirty Years Later'' by Rhys Thomas], reviewed by Bill Campbell.
** [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/0451480171/thewonderwizardo/ ''Sea Sirens: A Trot and Cap'n Bill Adventure'' by Amy Chu, illustrated by Janet K. Lee], reviewed by Eric Shanower.
** [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/173371510X/thewonderwizardo/ ''How the Wizard Came to Oz, Volume 1'' by Donald Abbott], reviewed by Atticus Gannaway.
** [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/stores/page/47176AA8-31E6-4E18-8366-D0F397DF4ED3 The 100 Anniversary Oz Collection], reprints of the first editions of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz books, reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
** [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/0143132431/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Women's Suffrage Movement'', edited by Sally Roesch Wagner] and reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
** [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/1594633436/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Swan Gondola'' by Timothy Schaffert], reviewed by Dee Michel.
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1976524008/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wicked Hot Wizard of Oz'' by Mark Pace].
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* In "Adventures in Oz", Raymond Francis Wohl recounts his discovery of Oz and how he turned it into a one man show about L. Frank Baum in "The Stories Behind the Stories".
** [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/ ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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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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** News of a missing Munchkin named Kiki Aru.
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** An editorial by editor Dorothy Gale.
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** The second part of the story of "How L. Frank Baum Became the Royal Historian of Oz".
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** The Scarecrow writes about how important illustrations can be to a story.
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** The "Ask Glinda" column covers a little bit of the history of the Nome King.
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** And the Glass Cat produces her first society column (even typed by herself).
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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.
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The previously announced release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'' turns out to have been premature—''again''. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shuffling release schedules around, the original first-postponed December 22, 2021 release date was given over to ''Sing 2''. So the ''Wicked'' movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, although it has no definitive release date yet. The delay was so long that director Stephen Daldrey left the project on October 20, 2020.
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The latest Oz projects to be announced in Hollywood: ''Cheshire Crossing'', the graphic novel by Andy Weir and Sarah Anderson, optioned by Amblin Partners (see [https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/amblin-michael-de-luca-tackling-martian-author-s-fantasy-graphic-novel-cheshire-crossing-1255011 this report]); and an animated musical adaptation of the book ''Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz'', where the story is told from Toto's point of view, to be produced at Warner Bros. (see [https://deadline.com/2020/10/toto-the-dog-gone-amazing-story-of-the-wizard-of-oz-animated-pic-in-the-works-at-warner-bros-1234596757/ this source]).
  
 
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November 23, 2020: Myrna Swensen, 1926-2020

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

(Family information courtesy the Ausin American-Statesman.)


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

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

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


November 1, 2020: Books of Wonder Moves

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


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

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

(Information courtesy the BBC and Wikipedia.


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

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


In this issue:

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

Also enclosed with this issue:

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

In this issue:

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


August 15, 2020: International Wizard of Oz Club Awards

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

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


August 1, 2020: The Baum Bugle Spring 2020 issue

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The latest issue of The Baum Bugle, the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now in the mail and making its way towards members. This is the first issue of the 2020 membership year, with the current COVID-19 pandemic no doubt contributing to the usual problems the Bugle has to keeping to its intended schedule.

<p>In this issue:

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


Also coming along with this issue:

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

July 18, 2020: The 2020 Winkie Award

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


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

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

In this issue:

Also included with this issue:

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

Stay tuned, because more from this issue will be coming over the next few days.


February 9, 2020: Judy and the 2019 Movie Awards Season

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

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

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

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

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

November 27, 2019: The Baum Bugle Autumn 2019

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

In this issue:

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

Also included with this issue are:

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

Rumor Control

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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