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==July 27, 2019: The Winkie Award==
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==July 17, 2021: The Winkie Award
[[File:Jlbellwinkieaward.jpg|400 px|frame|center|John L. Bell with his 2019 Winkie Award.]]Tonight, OzCon International presented its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to John L. Bell. Bell has helped the convention a lot in recent years by coordinating daytime programming and lining up speakers and events. He is also a tireless Oz researcher and writer who has contributed to both ''The Baum Bugle'' and ''Oziana''. Heartfelt congratulations to a well-deserving recipient!
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[[File:Marc Lewis.jpg|right]]OzCon International presented its annual award, the Winkie Award, to Marc Lewis, recognizing his many contributions to the convention in the 1980s and '90s. He performed in and coordinated many shows, presented many panels and other events, and acted as auctioneer. But perhaps his biggest contribution is also the most appropriate for this year: He and the Oz Club's Executive Secretary, Fred Meyer, in 1992 conspired to create a new award for the then-named Winkie Convention, the only one of the three major conventions of the day that didn't have one. They gave that first award to Peter Hanff. So it's appropriate that the thirtieth Winkie Award goes to one of its creators. Congratulations, Marc, this is ''long'' overdue!
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==June 23, 2019: William F. Brown, 1928-2019==
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==June 18, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'', Spring 2021 Issue==
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Brown_(writer) William F. Brown], a longtime show business writer, died today in Westport, Connecticut. He was 91. Cutting his writing teeth in ''Look'' magazine and advertising in the 1950s, he later amassed a number of television writing credits on shows such as ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', ''The Johnny Carson Show'', and ''Love American Style''. He also wrote some books and the comic strip ''Boomer''. He attempted to write Broadway plays, but ''The Girl in the Freudian Slip'', ''How to Steal an Election'', and ''A Broadway Musical'' never had successful runs. His only success on the stage was ''The Wiz'', which ran for many years and earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical.
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[[File:Bbspring21.jpeg|left]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the triannual journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now going out to members. After some issues with recent issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the editor's own health issues, this issue seems to have worked its way back to the unusual status of coming out during the season on the cover (something that has always been rare in the history of the ''Bugle'').
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In this issue:
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* The front, inside front, and inside back covers reproduce concept art for ''The Yellow Brixx Road'', a proposed series by Filmation in the 1980s that never came to pass. You'll find out more about this show inside.
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright reproduces the first letter she ever wrote to the Club's then-Secretary, Fred M. Meyer, as she reminisces about being in the Club for fifty years. Meanwhile, ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer discusses the contents of this issue.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** Jon M. Chu, whose recent films include ''Crazy Rich Asians'' and ''In the Heights'', takes over directing the movie version of the ''Wicked'' musical.
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** Betty Ann Bruno, one of the children who played a background Munchkin, has published her memoir, [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1736205609/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Munchkin Diary: My Personal Yellow Brick Road''].
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** American McGee, who tried to develop an Oz video game twenty years ago, is trying again with a video game/TV hybrid project called [https://www.ign.com/articles/american-mcgee-reveals-oz-adventures-a-hybrid-tv-and-video-game-project ''Oz: Adventures''].
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** A clue about the writings of L. Frank Baum—but not Oz—[http://blogofoz.blogspot.com/2021/05/oz-not-in-jeopardy.html shows up in an episode of ''Jeopardy!'']
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** The New Line Cinema movie of ''The Wizard of Oz'', scheduled to be directed by Nicole Kassell.
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** Margaret Hamilton's former home in Los Angeles is sold for $2,300,000.
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** A house in Syracuse, New York, once thought to be the one where L. Frank Baum first met his soon-to-be wife, Maud Gage, is also sold.
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** Race Leys Junior School in Bedworth, England, gets an Oz-themed makeover.
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" gives notice of the recent passings of these people connected to Oz:
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*** [https://parksquaretheatre.org/in-memory-of-william-randall-beard-1956-2021/ William Randall Beard], the playwright whose works included ''Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall''].
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*** [http://www.kathleenkrull.com/ Kathleen Krull], the children's book authors whose works included [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375832165/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in th eLife of L. Frank Baum''].
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*** [https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/ronnee-sass-veteran-warner-bros-home-entertainment-publicist-dies-at-72-4154768/ Ronnee Sass], the Hollywood publicist whose work with Warner Bros. included marketing the 65th and 70th anniversary releases of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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*** Jack Townsend, who created one of he first pairs of reproduction Ruby Slippers available to purchase.
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** "Through the Tube!" has the following highlights from YouTube:
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*** [https://youtu.be/0dClx6KmWYI Michael Patrick Hearn's lifetime of research on L. Frank Baum], interviewed for Baum's birthday.
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*** [https://youtu.be/mSfOY1b-HRc Scott Cummings conducts a tour of the castles of Oz].
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*** [https://youtu.be/w5Vi00cySMg Michael Gessel helps you identify first editions of Oz books].
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* Nate Barlow looks at early ballyhoo and merchandising for some of the earliest Oz movies in "Feeling Woozy: The Marketing and Publicity of the Oz Film Manufacturing Company". This is accompanied by "The Oz Film Scrapbook", reprinting many early news items and reviews of ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz''.
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* Sarah K. Crotzer delves into company archives and presents the behind-the-scenes development of a proposed 1980 television series in "Road of Yellow Brixx: The Lost Filmation TV Series". Much of the illustrations for this article are concept art by Robert L. Kline.
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* The late Norton Juster and his connections to Oz are laid out in "Through ''The Phantom Tollbooth'' to Oz" by Nick Campbell.
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* Atticus Gannaway remembers the publisher of his first book in "Bucket Heads and Tails: The Legacy of Chris Dulabone". Sidebars by some whose works were published by Dulabone highlight some of his books, and there is also a "Publications of Chris Dulabone" checklist.
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* In "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://wizardsofart.com/ ''The Wonderful Wizards of Art'' by Daniel "Munch" Kinske], reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1941813240/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Voice of Liberty'' by Angelica Shirley Carpenter], reviewed by Judy Bieber.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1680571044/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Santa Claus Stories'' by L. Frank Baum], reviewed by Jane Albright.
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* "Adventures in Oz" sees Bill Campbell reminiscing about his time working with the Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis on their 1981 production of ''The Marvelous Land of Oz'', which looked a lot like this:
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* The back cover features a photograph of the Woozy toy made as a tie-in to ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz'' movie in 1914.
  
Brown is survived by his wife, Tina Tippit.
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Also included with this issue are:
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* The tenth issue of the revived version of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for young (or young-at-heart) Oz fans. In this issue:
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** Glinda reveals that Oz is in danger, but not how…yet!
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** Editor Scarecrow asks the readers if they have seen anything strange in their neighborhood.
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** The first installment of a new serial story, "Toto and the Woozy in the Valley of the Kalidahs" by S. H. Nesbit, with illustrations by Mark Manley.
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** "Ask Glinda" sees Club member Katie still trying to cope with not being in New York City.
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** In "What Did the Wogglebug Say", the highly magnified and thoroughly educated insect asks some questions for the reader to answer.
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** Plus, Gardening Tips and Classified Ads.
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* "A Doozy of a Woozy" puzzle game, to color and cut out.
  
(Information courtesy [https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/william-f-brown-the-wiz-book-writer_89129.html Theatermania].)
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The Louisiana Quadling has a video reaction to this issue [https://youtu.be/gN5AFSyGOr0 right here]. And [https://youtu.be/gN5AFSyGOr0 here is another reaction video].
  
 
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==June 22, 2019: The 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award==
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==May 17, 2021: ''Oziana'' 2021: The Fiftieth Anniversary Issue==
[[File:LFBMA 2019.jpg|frame|center|Bill Beem (right) receives the 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from last year's winner, Bill Thompson. (Photo courtesy of Bill Thompson.)]]
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[[File:Oziana_2021.jpeg|right]]The fiftieth issue of ''Oziana'', the annual literary journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is being mailed out today. Editor Marcus Mébès offered the issue free to anyone who asked for it online, and these are the issues going out now. But never fear, if you never heard about the free issue offer, it is also for sale at [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/l-frank-baum/oziana-2021/paperback/product-kgkggp.html?page=1&pageSize=4 this link].
The International Wizard of Oz Club presented its highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, to Bill Beem tonight during the Club's National Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. A long-time Club member, Bill has been a quiet presence behind-the-scenes at Club meetings and conventions for decades now. He exhibited many items from his collection at the 2000 Centennial Convention and the 2012 National Convention, and chaired the 2006 Ozmapolitan Convention. He has also helped with programming at many Oz events, and served the Club on the Board of Directors and recording secretary. This is a richly deserved award which couldn't go to a better recipient.
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* The front cover, "Strolling Down Memory Lane" by Alejandro Garcia, depicts a number of characters from ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' in the styles of several different iconic Oz illustrators.
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* The inside front cover reproduces the letter from Harvey Plotnick, then-President of the Henry Regnery Company, successors to Oz publishers Reilly and Lee, from the first issue of ''Oziana'' in 1971 that gave permission for the Club to use characters and locations from the Oz books.
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* Carrying on from the previous issue, "The Wizards of Silver and Gold in Oz: Part 2" by Nathan M. DeHoff and Joe Bongiorno resolves the cliffhanger ending from part 1 and wraps the whole tale up.
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* "The Butter Lamb of Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, illustrated by David Valentin, shows the results of what happens when Jinjur must paint a portrait.
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* "A Week with Mr. Baum" by Laura DeNooyer, illustrated by Spinner Martin, tells the story of a lonely girl who makes a special friend at the Macatawa resort on Lake Michigan in the early days of the twentieth century.
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* "Heartless" by Templeton Moss, illustrated by Darrell Colt Spradlyn, looks at the romance between Nick Chopper and Nimmee Amee.
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* Christmas, Toys, and Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, illustrated by Mitchell Mayle, sees several Ozian and Thompsonian sea captains embark on a Christmas adventure.
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* In a tribute to the late Chris Dulabone, "Buckethead in Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff sees the title character come to Oz for good.
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* In a departure for ''Oziana'', Dulabone is also remembered by friends and family in the magazine's first non-fiction feature.
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* Robert A. Baum remembers the trunk kept by his Grandmother Edna in "The Trunk in the Attic".
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* The back cover, by David Valentin, depicts a scene, in color, from this issue's story "The Butter Lamb of Oz".
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==June 9, 2019: The 73rd Tony Awards==
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==March 24, 2021: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" Added to National Recording Registry==
Two actors with longtime associations with Oz received their first [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/73rd_Tony_Awards Tony Awards] tonight, presented by the American Theater Wing for excellence in Broadway productions. Andre De Shields, who originated the title role in ''The Wiz'' in 1975, won the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Hermes in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadestown_(musical) ''Hadestown'']. He gave a moving acceptance speech:
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The Library of Congress announced the 2020 class for the National Recording Registry today, and one of the additions is the medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" by Hawai'ian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, released as a single in 1993. The National Recording Registry was set up to showcase and preserve significant American recordings, and was started in 2002 under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Kamakawiwo’ole's recording joins Judy Garland's original 1939 single of "Over the Rainbow", enlisted in 2014, on the registry.
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The full press release, including all twenty-five recordings in the class or 2020, is available at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-21-015/national-recording-registry-adds-rhythm-nation-among-25-new-selections/2021-03-24/. The complete registry, which also includes the original Broadway cast album of ''The Wiz'', is at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/recording-registry/complete-national-recording-registry-listing/.
  
Later, winning the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical was Stephanie J. Block. Back in 2000, she was the first actress to play Elphaba in ''Wicked'', at the earliest readings. She went on to understudy Idina Menzel in the San Francisco tryouts and earliest Broadway performances before taking the lead on the first national tour, and eventually taking the lead on Broadway. She won her award for playing the title role in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cher_Show_(musical) ''The Cher Show'']. Here's her acceptance speech:
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''Wicked'' also had a shoutout during the presentation for [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prom_(musical) ''The Prom''] (introduced by Broadway's original ''Wicked'' Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, no less), with "Elphy and Glinda" getting a mention, as seen here:
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==February 28, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2020==
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[[File:bbwinter20.jpg|left]]The Winter 2020 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the International Wizard of Oz Club's triannual journal, is now back from the printers and making its way to all Oz Club members for 2020. This issue commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of ''Glinda of Oz'', the final Oz book by L. Frank Baum.
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* The front cover reproduces an original Dick Martin watercolor from 1988.
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* The inside front cover is an unused jacket illustration Martin did in 1961.
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright talks about how Oz fans have weathered the coronavirus pandemic and found new ways to gather and express themselves, while ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer previews what's in the issue at hand.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** Stephen Daldrey exits as director of the ''Wicked'' movie.
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** ''The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of'' podcast devotes an episode to the Ruby Slippers.
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** Even though it was cancelled, Boomerang had a third season of [https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1 ''Dorothy and the Wizard ofOz''] up its sleeve, shown in 2020.
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** Movie star Richard Gere bought a New York City condo previously owned by Margaret Hamilton.
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** The new comic book ''The O. Z.'' was successfully funded [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theozcomic/the-oz-1/ via Kickstarter].
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** Popmatters.com has [https://www.popmatters.com/andre-de-shields-2020-interview-2648458514.html an interview with Broadway's original Wiz, André de Shields].
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" remembers these recently deceased Ozites:
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*** Chris Dulabone, prolific Oz author and publisher.
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*** David L. Greene, one of the charter members of the International Wizard of Oz Club and an important Oz researcher and writer for over fifty years.
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Lurie Alison Lurie], Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose work often invoked her love of Oz.
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*** Harry Naught, whose long illustrating career included Little Golden Books adaptations of ''The Road to Oz'', ''The Emerald City of Oz'', and ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Schumacher Joel Schumacher], the prolific Hollywood director who also had an early screenwriting credit with the film adaptation of ''The Wiz''.
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*** Myrna Swensen, wife of Movie Munchkin soldier Clarence Swensen who frequently appeared with him at Oz events.
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** "Through the Tube" presents these treasures from YouTube:
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*** [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4129A1534CCC103A The twenty-fifth anniversary of ''The Wizard of Oz on Ice''].
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*** [https://youtu.be/5tgzCR4_Ii4 The 2017 Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset, Pennsylvania] took on an Ozzy theme for the festivities.
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*** [https://youtu.be/g_Inbmd55_k Behind the scenes at ''The Wonderful Winter of Oz'', a 2019 pantomime in Pasadena].
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* "Awards and Honors" recognizes the 2020 winner of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, Gina Wickwar.
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* Michael Patrick Hearn examines ''Glinda of Oz'', the final volume of the Founding Fourteen, in "L. Frank Baum's Farewell to Oz".
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* Robert B. Luehrs examines the relationship between Glinda and Oz in "The Sorceress, the Goddess, and the Matriarchate".
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* Scott Cummings presents several contemporary reviews of ''Glinda of Oz'' in the latest installment of "Oz Under Scrutiny".
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* Peter E. Hanff delves into the Oz Club's archives to examine how John R. Neill created the color plate of Glinda reading her records in ''The Marvelous Land of Oz''. (The original line drawing, before it is colored, is reproduced on the inside back cover, while the back cover is the picture in color, based in part from an original photo proof.)
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* Dina Schiff Massachi looks at the career of the actress who played Glinda in the film version of ''The Wiz'' in "Lena Horne: Learning to Believe".
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* "Labor of Love: An Interview with [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gili_Bar-Hillel Gili Bar-Hillel Semo]" talks to the woman who translates, [https://utz.co.il/ publishes], and sells Oz books in Israel, how she came to also record the audio books, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected what she does.
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* Angelica Shirley Carpenter tries to fill in some of the blanks of the life of L. Frank Baum's wife in "Finding Maud".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Rosemary Jones reviews a virtual Oz play, "OZ.ORG", presented during the 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. (You can watch an interview with the director and preview of the show [https://youtu.be/V-6ocvq4yis right here].)
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* New Oz books reviewed, or at least mentioned, in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0593114752/thewonderwizardo/ ''Bedtime Classics: The Wizard of Oz'' board book, illustrated by Carly Gledhill], reviewed by Garrett Kilgore.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451480244/thewonderwizardo/ ''Sky Island: A Trot & Cap'n Bill Adventure'' graphic novel by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee], reviewed by J. L. Bell.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0847860116/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adrian: A Lifetime of Movie Glamour, Art and High Fashion'' by Leonard Stanley], reviewed by Paul Miles Schneider.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0545746698/thewonderwizardo/ ''Abby in Oz (Whatever After: Special Edition0'' by Sarah Mlynowski].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1099805325/thewonderwizardo/ ''Flying Monkeys Cookbook'' by Aunt Deb].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733908625/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Good Witch of the South'' by T. C. Bartlett].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1651625751/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Inventor of Oz'' by Kaitlyn Hawker].
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** The Kingdom of Fairytales Wizard of Oz series by Emma Savant and J. A. Armitage: [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997007/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 1: King of Traitors''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997015/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 2: Heir of Fugitives''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997023/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 3: Throne of Emeralds''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997031/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 4: God of Storms''].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/170284417X/thewonderwizardo/ ''A Nightmare in Oz'' by David M. Keyes].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1734109505/thewonderwizardo/ ''No Place Like Home'' by Susan Wackerbarth].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B088LFS413/thewonderwizardo/ ''Orphans of Oz: A Mother's Adventure'' by Marie Micaela].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B08KJYWL4Q/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Poetry Book of Oz'' by L. Frank Baum and Tynker Smith].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/larry-springfield-jr/the-shaman-of-oz/paperback/product-1wkw5ene.html?page=1&pageSize=4 ''The Shaman of Oz'' by Larry Springfield, Jr.].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/149659195X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Silver Spurs of Oz'' by Erica Schultz, illustrated by Omar Lozano].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1574330497/thewonderwizardo/ ''Stolen to Oz: Toto and Miss Jennie in Oz (Without Dorothy0,, by Alan Lindsay].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1620888971/thewonderwizardo/ ''A Taste of Oz'' by Robin Blasberg].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1951600320/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Teachers of Oz: Leading with Wisdom, Heart, Courage, and Spirit'' by Herbie Raad and Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1734574798/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Twin Witches of Oz'' by Amanda D. Wallace].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1732338434/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Menopoz'' by Deborah Monk].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/8854417025/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz Puzzle Book'' by Fabiana Attanasio].
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* And Peter E. Hanff writes about the man who, among other things, invigorated and modernized the Oz Club's journal in "Building a Better ''Bugle'': A Legacy of David L. Greene" as a tribute and obituary.
  
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* The ninth issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the Oz publication for younger Oz fans, which includes:
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** Editor Scarecrow's attempts to create a self-writing, self-publishing newspaper (with less-than-satisfactory results).
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** A look at [https://youtu.be/09iHePAIZFA the earliest existing Oz movie].
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** "Ask Glinda" continues the adventures of Katie Jones on her visit to Oz.
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** "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?" poses another ponderable problem.
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** And an interview with ''The Oz Gazette'' and ''The Baum Bugle'' illustrator Mark Manley.
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* A craft project to create Glinda's skeropythrope, a magical device she used in ''Glinda of Oz''.
  
==April 12, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2018==
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All Oz Club members who receive this issue are advised that this is the last issue for the 2020 membership year, and anyone wishing to continue to receive the ''Bugle'' should send in their membership dues (which [https://shop.ozclub.org/product-category/iwoc-membership/ can now be done online]).
[[File:Bbwinter18.jpg|right|400 px]]The latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club is now being sent out to members, who should see it appearing in mailboxes all over the world in the coming weeks. This is the final issue of 2018 membership, so those who get this and wish to keep receiving the ''Bugle'' will want to send in their renewal form and dues soon.
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** The front cover features a Tin Woodman puppet designed by Matzilla Duron, stepping out of a pristine first edition of the book.
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** The inside front cover reproduces John R. Neill's color plate from the novel, depicting the Tin Woodman's introduction to the Tin Soldier.
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** The inside back cover displays an impressive number of Tin Woodman dolls and other memorabilia from the collection of Oz Club President Jane Albright.
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** The back cover shows Michael Herring's original painting for the 1981 Del Rey edition of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* The Table of Contents shows a version of the Tin Woodman drawn by Michael Ploog as a design for ''Return to Oz'' (1985).
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* "Letters" has notices from Jane Albright about the state of the Club, encouraging members to renew; and ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer writes about the issue and her personal connection to ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The cancellation of the Cartoon Network/Boomerang series [https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1 ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz''], and the inclusion of Sir Hokus of Pokes, the first television of a character created by Ruth Plumly Thompson, in the final episode.
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** The imminent opening of [https://www.oscars.org/museum the Academy Museum], which will include an initial exhibit on ''The Wizard of Oz'', including the Academy's pair of Ruby Slippers.
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** Judy Garland's blonde wig from the first few weeks of filming (that were eventually abandoned and reshot), a production archive for The Movie, and one of Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch hats all sold at auction in 2018.
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** [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58765 ''The Cowardly Lion of Oz''] entering public domain at last, after Congress did ''not'' extend copyrights again following passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.
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** [https://www.cityofholland.com/parksandcemeteries/centennial-park Centennial Park in Holland, Michigan] has plans to install an Oz-themed area, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area at the start of his writing career.
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** The Oz theme at [https://sdfair.com/ this year's San Diego County Fair] in California, in commemoration of L. Frank Baum's time in the area not long after establishing himself as a writer.
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** The unveiling of a mural of Judy Garland by artist Levi Ponce at [http://theatrewest.org/onstage/wizard-of-oz-sing-a-long-and-mural-unveiling/ Theatre West] in Los Angeles, California.
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** [https://www.oed.com/ The ''Oxford English Dictionary''] adding the phrase "not in Kansas anymore".
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** Researchers at the University of Turin concluded that [https://appliednetsci.springeropen.com/articles/10.1007/s41109-018-0105-0 ''The Wizard of Oz'' is the most influential movie of all time], in a study published in the journal ''Applied Network Science''.
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** New translations of ''The Wizard of Oz'' have now come out in [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012036/thewonderwizardo/ Cornish], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012117/thewonderwizardo/ Hawaiian], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012044/thewonderwizardo/ Irish], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1782012044/thewonderwizardo/ North-East Scots], all from [http://www.evertype.com/baumiana.html Evertype Publishing]. (Word is that an Esperanto version is forthcoming.)
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** "Through the Tube!" presents the following Oz videos found on YouTube:
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*** Komische Oper Berlin's [https://youtu.be/KSltO-rljss new operatic adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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*** A 2011 version of [https://youtu.be/jjc9hSDS1gQ ''The Wizard of Oz'' by the Berlin State Ballet].
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*** [https://youtu.be/stHRaNDz4zQ Hello Kitty. In Oz. On stage in Japan].
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** After a year and a half of restoration and conservation, [https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/ruby-slippers-and-american-culture-displays the Ruby Slippers are back on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History].
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** The January and February 2019 Fathom Events showings of ''The Wizard of Oz'' grossed $2 million at the box office, setting a new box office record for event cinema.
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** The West Philadelphia home of Royal Historian Ruth Plumly Thompson received a historical marker.
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** Those who have been involved with Oz who have recently passed away:
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Lee Stan Lee], the famed Marvel Comics editor and creator, who was a driving force behind Marvel's Treasury edition comic adaptations of ''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''The Land of Oz'' in the 1970s.
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*** Susan Morse, the singing voice of Dorothy in the 1964 TV special [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_to_Oz_(TV_special) ''Return to Oz''].
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*** Fred Patten, an early member of the International Wizard of Club and participant in the earliest Winkie Conventions, chairing the convention in 1968.
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* "Awards and Honors" acknowledges those Club members who have contributed above and beyond their regular memberships in 2018, and lists the prior recipients of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
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* Jane Albright writes an appreciation of Bill Thompson, the 2018 recipient of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
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* Sarah K. Crotzer writes about her favorite Oz book in "The Rescue of the Tin Woodman: An Appreciation".
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* "Men of Heart: A Song for Five Voices" interviews the creators of four different adaptations of the story of Nick Chopper:
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** Ray Tintori, [https://youtu.be/3nvMmChdiyo ''Death to the Tinman''] (2007).
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** Brandon McCormick, [https://youtu.be/BWdUmcwZn-A ''Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man''] (2010).
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** James Ortiz, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Woodsman_(play) ''The Woodsman''] (2012).
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** Matzilla Duron and Nick Boxwell, the still-in-production [https://www.tinwoods.com/ ''The Tin Woods''].
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* "The Beginner's Guide to Oz Book Collecting" lists some important editions of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'' that collectors may want to look for.
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* J. L. Bell examines the themes of ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'' in "Meat Glue".
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* A call for the whereabouts of original art from the Oz books, to be catalogued at https://www.lostartofoz.com/.
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* "Oz Under Scrutiny" takes an extensive look at contemporary reviews and other articles about ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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* Dina Schiff Massachi looks at Todrick Hall's visual album [https://youtu.be/4mUSwHhJ6zA ''Straight Outta Oz''], particularly how Hall interprets the Tin Woodman, in "Metal Malleable Male".
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* A link to a gallery of depictions of the Tin Woodman, [http://ozclub.org/galleries/100-years-100-tin-men/ "100 Years, 100 in Men"].
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* In "Oz in the Arts":
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet in Kansas City, Missouri, back in October, reviewed by Paul Miles Schneider.
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** A [https://www.flickr.com/photos/hbwtheatre/albums/72157702896273541 children's theater production of ''Ozma of Oz''] in Arlington, Virginia in December, reviewed by Michael Gessel.
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** ''Scraps'', a new play, in Chicago in September, reviewed by Carrie Hedges.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' on stage in Aurora, Illinois, over the holiday season, reviewed by Steve Smith.
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** A performance art adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in a London cemetery last July, reviewed by Nick Campbell.
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** [http://chroniclesofoz.com/ The ''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast], so far having adapted the first two Oz books, reviewed by Jared Davis.
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* A call for Club members to share photos of any events they may go to this year to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the famous MGM film adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Books presented in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1941813186/thewonderwizardo/ ''Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist'' by former Club President Angelica Shirley Carpenter], a biography of L. Frank Baum's highly influential mother-in-law, reviewed by Judy Bieber.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493042831/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz: Evolution, Creation, and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece'' by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman], their latest book about the famous film version, reviewed by Mark Griffin.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1724902555/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Magic Belt'', the third volume in Paul Miles Schneider's Oz series], reviewed by Jane Albright.
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* Patty Tobias and daughter Kate Koelle remember former Club President, ''Bugle'' editor, and L. Frank Baum Memorial Award winner [http://ozclub.org/blog/barbara-Koelle-1923-2018/ Barbara Koelle], who passed away in 2018.
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* A call to fill the job of designer for the ''Bugle''.
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* And finally, the preview for the next issue promises to reveal how the Smithsonian Institution has been taking care of its pair of Ruby Slippers, information on collecting Reilly and Britton's "Children's Stories That Never Grow Old" series, and the conclusion (at last!) on an earlier story about Oz puppetry.
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There is a lot more in the envelope than the ''Bugle''! Inserts include:
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==December 10, 2020: Chris Dulabone, 1964-2020==
* The latest issue of the revived ''Oz Gazette'', with all the latest news and gossip straight from the Emerald City.
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[[File:Chris_Dulabone.jpg|left]] Chris Dulabone, the prolific Oz author and publisher who blazed the trail for extracanonical Oz pastiches, died today after a long illness. He wrote and published his first Oz book, ''Toto of Oz'', in 1986 at a time when copyrights and technology made publishing new Oz books difficult. This proved to be the first of dozens of books Dulabone wrote or co-wrote, and in some cases even illustrated. He published his works, and those of others, under the imprint of Buckethead Enterprises of Oz, and opened the doors wide for who could write an Oz book, and just what an Oz book is anyway. He continued to write, illustrate, and publish books for decades as he reorganized his company as [https://sites.google.com/site/cowardlylionsite/Home Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends], until he recently had his books printed on demand via Lulu.com.
* Summaries of many Oz events around the country in the summer of 2018.
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* A call for submissions to [http://ozclub.org/oz-club-contests/ the Oz Club's annual contests] for fiction, non-fiction, and art, with cash prizes.
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* Registration forms for this year's [http://ozclub.org/register-2019-national-convention/ Oz: The National Convention] in Thibodeaux, Louisiana; and [http://www.ozconinternational.com/our-next-convention.html OzCon International] in Pomona, California.
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* Since this is the final issue of the 2018 membership year, [http://ozclub.org/join-the-club/ a renewal form] is enclosed.
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* A flyer for the Club's latest publication, [https://shop.ozclub.org/product.sc?productId=429&categoryId=1 ''Bibliographia Baumiana''].
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* A charming Polychrome paper doll.
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==November 13, 2018: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 2018, and ''Oziana'' 2018==
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==November 23, 2020: Myrna Swensen, 1926-2020==
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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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.
<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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(Family information courtesy [https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=myrna-myrle-swensen&pid=197182067 the ''Ausin American-Statesman''].)
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==November 20, 2020: David L. Greene, 1944-2020==
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[[File:David L Greene.jpg|right]]Dr. David L. Greene, Oz scholar and founding member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, passed away today. He was seventy-six years old and had been in declining health for some time. He and his twin brother, Douglas G. Greene, were two of the sixteen initial members of the International Wizard of Oz Club when it was started in 1957, and two of the youngest (only founder Justin Schiller was younger), but both quickly contributed much to the Club. David served as editor of the Club's journal, ''The Baum Bugle'', for many years, did extensive research in Oz bibliography, and founded the Club's Special Publications division. He also co-authored the popular book ''The Oz Scrapbook'' with Dick Martin, which came out in 1977. The Greene brothers were jointly awarded the International Wizard of Oz Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, in 1965. Outside of Oz, Greene taught English at Piedmont College in Georgia for thirty-seven years and retired as a Professor Emeritus. He was also interested in genealogy, wrote several books on the subject, was a Fellow and past President of the American Society of Genealogists, and edited ''The American Genealogist'' for twenty-five years. He is survived by his twin brother, Douglas; his non-twin brother, Paul; his wife, Jane; a son, a daughter, two stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.
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(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:
 
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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Also enclosed with this issue:
** "Powder of Life Lets Loose on Locals" summarizes some of the events of ''The Marvelous Land of Oz''.
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* A Tin Woodman marionette.
** Managing Editor Dorothy Gale writes a chatty "Editorial".
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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:
** "Drama! Excitement! Romance! Tragedy!" looks at the theatrical career of L. Frank Baum.
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** A report on past Halloween shenanigans in Oz.
** The Scarecrow reviews [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1328498840/thewonderwizardo/ ''Mary Poppins'' by P. L. Travers].
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** An editorial from the new editor, the Scarecrow, about how he thinks he's doing so far.
** Glinda explains when a witch is not a witch.
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** A look back at a popular movie in the Emerald City at this time of year, ''Return to Oz'' (1985).
** The Wizard is interviewed.
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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.
** The Hungry Tiger opens a restaurant.
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** After an absence of about 115 years, the return of "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?"
** And in an insert, you can make a Jack Pumpkinhead marionette.
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** An interview with Jack Pumpkinhead.
* 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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[[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].
** ''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 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''.
** ''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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* "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.)
* Books appearing in "The Bugle Review":
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* "A Use for Jack's Pumpkins" is the first recipe ever published in ''Oziana''.
** [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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* "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.
** [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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* "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.
** [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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* "Polychrome's Sky School" by Paul Dana, illustrate by Sam Milazzo, shows us just how Polychrome learned how to do magic.
** [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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==September 4, 2018: Ruby Slippers Found!==
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[[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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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:
  
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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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* 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).<br><center>[[File:De_Jesus.JPG|500 px]] [[File:Valentin.JPG|500 px]]</center>
  
<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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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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==August 11, 2018: The L. Frank Baum Memorial Award and the Winkie Award==
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==August 1, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2020 issue==
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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[[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.
  
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 covers celebrate the ''Broadway Celebrates Oz'' photograph series, with Dorothy and her friends on the front cover, the Wicked With of the West on the back, and costume sketches and designs on the inside covers.
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* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright and ''Baum Bugle'' editor Sarah Krotzer talk about the latest Oz issues.
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* "The Bugle Bulletin" brings us news of:
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** The #LivingRoomTheatre challenge by ''Playbill'' magazine, and [https://www.playbill.com/article/our-top-3-videos-from-week-1-of-the-livingroomtheatre-challenge the Ozzy results of the first week].
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** ''The Wizard of Oz'' takes on a new cinematic life during the coronavirus pandemic as a staple at drive-in theaters, as well as in movie theaters in Japan.
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** [https://www.facebook.com/ArtistTimWolak/ The Oz art of Tim Wolak].
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** [https://www.dropbox.com/s/65azjnd7wb1qmf6/OTR%20Full%20Virtual%20Message.mp4 ''Over the Rainbow: The Rock Ballet''] is used as a call for social justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
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** A tribute to Hollywood icons, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, as [https://www.whio.com/news/centerville-native-paints-mural-plaza-theatre-miamisburg-reopening/3CSQ5ODOUVCM7CGJOYXBJHTBFI/ a mural in Miamisburg, Ohio].
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** The new webcomic [https://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/webtoon-greenlight/escape-from-oz-13/viewer?title_no=1988&episode_no=22&webtoonType=WEBTOON&ogTagImageUrl=%2F20200626_107%2F1593111138089n3Gzr_JPEG%2F04_EC9E91ED9288EC8381EC84B8_mobile.jpg%3Ftype%3Dcrop540_540 ''Escape from Oz''].
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** "Through the Tube" presents the latest Oz findings on YouTube:
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*** [https://youtu.be/KmZ-r229IiQ Family home movies from the 1970s of the Land of Oz theme park in North Carolina].
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*** [https://youtu.be/EB2PTkMPfco a tour of Dorothy's House], the tourist attraction in Liberal, Kansas.
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*** [https://youtu.be/fGzJo4Hzkw0 The Spirit of Oz troupe performing at Storybook Land] in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" notes the passing in March of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Schramm_(actor) actor David Schramm]; best known as Roy Biggins in ''Wings'', he also played W. W. Denslow in the 1990 TV movie ''The Dreamer of Oz''.
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* "Broadway Melody of Oz" looks at the ''Broadway Celebrates Oz'' photograph series, how it came about, and how it came together (including a link to [https://www.broadwaybox.com/daily-scoop/category/broadway-celebrates-oz/ more photos, video, and commentiary]).
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* "Collecter's Corner" by David Diket looks at the View-Master's reels of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Anil Tambwekar looks at the career of a noted children's author of the twentieth century and her near brush with the Emerald city in "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Augusta_Dickerson Mary Dickerson Donahey]: Almost Royal Historian of Oz".
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* In his "Lost Art of Oz" column, Brady Schwind looks at the illustrations that became the pages 170-171 double-page spread of ''The Patchwork Girl of Oz''.
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* Michael Gessel tells the story of the creation and growth of [https://hollandozproject.com/ a park exhibit on the shores of Lake Michigan devoted to Oz] in "The Holland Oz Project".
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* [https://americanstudies.uncc.edu/dina-massachi-ma Dina Schiff Massachi] presents a round up of students from her class about ''The Wizard of Oz'' at UNC-Charlotte in "Tomorrow's Scholars Today".
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* "Oz Under Quarantine! Oz Community Events—At Home" presents a round-up of how Oz events worldwidewide, not being able to gather in person this year, have shifted gears and presented virtual events.
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* Reviewed in "Oz in the Arts":
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** [https://hitthebricks.com/ ''Hit the Bricks''], the podcast telling a new tale about Oz.
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** [https://smile.amazon.com/Fantastic-Journey-Alyson-Leigh-Rosenfeld/dp/B086V2YTM3/ ''Fantastic Journey to Oz''], the English-dubbed and re-Ozzified version of the Russian animated film version of ''Урфин Джюс и его Деревянные Солдаты''. This is set up as an original sequel to ''The Wizard of Oz'' in which Dorothy's namesake granddaughter goes to Oz to help the Scarecrow overthrow an evil magician and his band of wooden soldiers who have overtaken the country.
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* In "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/039958207X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Cheshire Crossing'' by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen], reviewed by Peter Schulenberg.
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/the-haunted-castle-of-oz/hardcover/product-1567egpj.html ''The Haunted Castle of Oz'' by Marcus Mébès, illustrated by Kamui Ayami], reviewed by Alan Wise
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** ''What Is the Story of'' The Wizard of Oz''?'' by Kirsten Andersen, illustrated by Robert Squier'', reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** The new SeaWolf Press editions of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433290/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Royal Book of Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433266/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kabumpo in Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433274/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Cowardly Lion of Oz''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433282/thewonderwizardo/ ''Grampa in Oz''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1952433304/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Sea Fairies''], noted by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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* "Adventures in Oz" looks back at [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_in_Concert:_Dreams_Come_True ''The Wizard of Oz in Concert''] twenty-five years after its debut, written by Christina Maffa. (And if you've never seen this all-star benefit production of ''The Wizard of Oz'', this is your chance!)
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* 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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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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The previously announced release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'' turns out to have been premature. Universal recently changed their planned release for December 19, 2019, from ''Wicked'' to ''Cats''. So the ''Wicked'' movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, and aiming for a December 22, 2021 release.
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The previously announced release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'' turns out to have been premature—''again''. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shuffling release schedules around, the original first-postponed December 22, 2021 release date was given over to ''Sing 2''. So the ''Wicked'' movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, although it has no definitive release date yet. The delay was so long that director Stephen Daldrey left the project on October 20, 2020. On February 2, 2021, Jon M. Chu, director of <i>Crazy Rich Asians</i> and the forthcoming <i>In the Heights</i> was announced as the new director.
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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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==July 17, 2021: The Winkie Award

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



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

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


In this issue:

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

  • The back cover features a photograph of the Woozy toy made as a tie-in to The Patchwork Girl of Oz movie in 1914.

Also included with this issue are:

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

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


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

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

In this issue:

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



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

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

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


February 28, 2021: The Baum Bugle Winter 2020

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


In this issue:

Also included with this issue:

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

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


December 10, 2020: Chris Dulabone, 1964-2020

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



November 23, 2020: Myrna Swensen, 1926-2020

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

(Family information courtesy the Ausin American-Statesman.)


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

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

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


November 1, 2020: Books of Wonder Moves

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


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

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

(Information courtesy the BBC and Wikipedia.


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

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


In this issue:

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

Also enclosed with this issue:

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

In this issue:

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


August 15, 2020: International Wizard of Oz Club Awards

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

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


August 1, 2020: The Baum Bugle Spring 2020 issue

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

In this issue:

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


Also coming along with this issue:

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

July 18, 2020: The 2020 Winkie Award

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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