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==April 17, 2020: ''The Baum Bugle'', Winter 2019 issue==
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Even though the calendar says today is Friday the thirteenth, it's a lucky day for members of the International Wizard of Oz Club as the latest issue of the Club's journal, ''The Baum Bugle'', has started arriving in members' mailboxes. We'll have more about this issue in the coming days, after our own copy arrives, so keep an eye on this page for more information.
The final issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has come out for the 2019 membership year. Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the printers were not able to print the issue in a timely manner; so, in an unprecedented move, the Club sent out the issue to Club members as a .pdf file via e-mail. ('''UPDATE''', May 9: The printer has come through, and the print version is now making its way into members' mailboxes.) This marks the end of the 2019 membership year, and members are encouraged to [https://shop.ozclub.org/product-category/iwoc-membership/ renew their memberships for 2020] soon.
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In this issue:
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* The front cover reproduces Michael Herring's painting for the 1981 Del Rey edition of ''The Magic of Oz''—appropriate, as 2019 marks the centennial of L. Frank Baum's penultimate Oz book, ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* The inside front cover is one of John R. Neill's color plates from ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* The first page, besides the indicia and table of contents, reproduces an illustration by Leonid Vladimirsky from ''Волшебник Изумрудного Города'' (''The Wizard of the Emerald City'').
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright seeks contributors who can update [https://ozclub.org/oz-timeline/ the Oz Timeline], while ''Bugle'' Editor-in-Chief Sarah K. Crotzer previews the issue at hand and how it came about.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The 2017 Russian animated film ''Fantastic Journey to Oz'' has spawned a sequel, ''Урфин Джюс бозбращаемся'' (''Fantastic Return to Oz''), based on the Magic Land book ''The Fiery God of the Marrans''.
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** The debut of the new Oz dramatic podcast, [https://hitthebricks.com/ ''Hit the Bricks''].
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** A Yellow Brick Sidewalk is being constructed in Chicago that leads to 1167 N. Humboldt Blvd., where L. Frank Baum wrote ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' when he lived in a house that is no longer there. (The sidewalk will end at a mural commemorating the creation of Oz.)
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** [https://www.broadwaybox.com/daily-scoop/category/broadway-celebrates-oz/ "Broadway Celebrates Oz"] is a photographic exhibit celebrating the eightieth anniversary of the famous film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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** An exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library, "The Autograph Book of L. A.", includes a contribution by L. Frank Baum from 1908 (several years before he moved to the area himself).
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** A new Oz book, [https://github.com/NaNoGenMo/2018/issues/61 ''The Valley Girl of Oz, Bjork Bjork Bjork''], that involves running ''The Emerald City of Oz'' through a computer algorithm that changed the descriptions to, like, Valleyspeak, while the dialogue was rendered into Swedish Chef.
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** "Through the Tube" presents an all-commercials collection of Oz clips on YouTube:
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*** [https://youtu.be/7_nJjI_aVrM White Lily cornmeal mix (1987)]
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*** [https://youtu.be/IdH--kRrLdo Energizer batteries (1993)]
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*** [https://youtu.be/fJw33PFUS7U Chef Boyardee (2006)]
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* In "Awards and Honors":
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** Ozma's Honor Roll for 2019, those Club members who have gone above and beyond the Club's regular membership rates to give more to the Club.
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** The list of recipients of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award is updated with the 2019 winner, Bill Beem.
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** Part of Renée Zellweger's acceptance speech for her Oscar, portraying Judy Garland in ''Judy'', is printed.
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* Dennis Wilson Wise writes about the history of magic words, with emphasis on the ones used in the Oz books, in "Pyrzqxgl, or How to Do Things with Magic Words".
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* In a new regular feature, "The Lost Art of Oz", Brady Schwind looks at the development of Dick Martin's 1960 dust jacket for ''The Magic of Oz''. (The inside and outside back covers of this issue reprints some of Martin's preliminary work for the jacket.)
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* Ian Davis Smith writes about renowned Chinese magician Ching Ling Foo and his performance for the Uplifters—whose members included L. Frank Baum—in "A Magic Night with the Uplifters".
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* The short story "The Believing Child" by Zenna Henderson, first published in 1970, is reprinted to celebrate both its own fiftieth birthday and the centennial of the book that causes the problems in the story, ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* "Oz Under Scrutiny" looks at the original 1919 reviews and reactions to ''The Magic of Oz''.
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* "Monuments of Magic Land" looks at monuments to characters created by Aleksandr Volkov, for his very Oz-like Magic Land series, in Tomsk, Slovakia and Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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* The examination of the Smithsonian Institution's efforts to preserve their pair of Ruby Slippers concludes in part two of "Keep Them Ruby: Following the Steps of the Ruby Slippers" by Jonathan Shirshekan.
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* "A Beginner's Guide to Collecting" celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the most watched movie in history with an examination of some of the earliest collectibles for the 1939 film version of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* Cynthia Ragni gives a preview of [http://www.ozconvention.org/ the Club's big annual event] in "Arts and Crozfts: Come to the 2020 OzClub Convention".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Fadia Mereani reviews one of the first big musicals to tour Saudi Arabia, [https://wizardofoztour.com/ ''The Wizard of Oz''].
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* "The Bugle Review" reviews and notes of several new books, including:
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733715150/thewonderwizardo/ ''Immortal Longings of Oz'' by Paul Dana], reviewed by Mari Ness.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080717047X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Amazons in America: Matriarchs, Utopians, and Wonder Women in U. S. Popular Culture'' by Keira V. Williams], reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1732431736/thewonderwizardo/ ''Book Restoration Unveiled: An Essential Guide for Bibliophiles'' by Sophia S. W. Bogle], reviewed by Cynthia Ragni.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190663170/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions fromBaum to MGM and Beyond'', edited by Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1096980266/thewonderwizardo/ ''Beyond Oz: A Crazy Ink Anthology'', edited by Erin Wolf].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/138781320X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Cardboard King in Oz'' by Gil S. Joel].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486821676/thewonderwizardo/ ''Creative Haven Wizard of Oz Designs Coloring Book'' by Marty Noble].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486821676/thewonderwizardo/ ''Delusions Beyond the Deadly Desert: A Novella'' by Lisa Valenti].
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** [http://thewizardofoz.info/wiki/Dunkiton_Press ''Dunkiton Press #26: The Perhappsy Chaps #6'', ''Dunkiton Press #27: Mice #1'' and ''Dunkiton Press #28: Mice #2'' by Ruth Plumly Thompson, edited by Ruth Berman].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1701012324/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emerald City Academy, Book 1: Sentinels of Oz''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1709524154/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emerald City Academy, Book 2: Francesca, the Great and Terrible'' by J. B. Trepagnier].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062348779/thewonderwizardo/ ''Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow'' by Peter Guzzardi].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1387080156/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Fairy Wand of Oz'' by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Carol P. Silva].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1718060718/thewonderwizardo/ ''Forever in Oz'' by Matthew J. Norcross].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1707291365/thewonderwizardo/ ''Frankenstein's Monster in Oz'' by Carl Scott Harker].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733715118/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Haunted Castle of Oz'' by Marcus Mébès].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1985795833/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hidden Heroes of Oz, Book 1: Chopper''] and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/198579585X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Hidden Heroes of Oz, Book 2: Guardian Martyr'' by Tarl Telford].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1075254914/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 1: The Ruby Fortress''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1076195202/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 2: The Quartz Tower''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1079218130/thewonderwizardo/ ''Kingdoms of Oz, Book 3: The Prism City'' by Carrie Whitehorne].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991199197/thewonderwizardo/ ''Lost Histories from the Royal Librarian of Oz'' by Joe Bongiorno].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1070784745/thewonderwizardo/ ''Mr. Wizardo'' by Eva Pasco].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0998058254/thewonderwizardo/ ''O. Z. Diggs Himself Out'' by Ron Baxley, Jr.]
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1574330489/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ozhouse Reopened: The Curse of Budistiltskin'' by Alan Lindsay and Dennis Anfuso].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0545953227/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ozland (Everland, Book 3)'' by Wendy Spinale].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1492868116/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Red Brick Road'' by Robert P. Wills].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/3030065901/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Wicked: The Marketing and Consumption of Oz from L. Frank Baum to Broadway'' by Kent Drummond, Susan Aronstein, and Terri L. Rittenburg].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marcus-mebes/royal-explorers-of-oz-book-4-hb/hardcover/product-12qjmgmv.html ''The Royal Explorers of Oz, Book 4: Into the Wild'' by Marcus Mébès and Alejandro Garcia].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1790107229/thewonderwizardo/ ''Salma and the Play from Oz'' by Jodie Nikela].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1698839413/thewonderwizardo/ ''Shakespeare's Oz'' by Jordan Monsell] (with apologies to William Shakespeare).
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1729226663/thewonderwizardo/ ''Stairway to Oz'' by Robin Hess].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1093389028/thewonderwizardo/ ''Theodore Gale in Oz'' by KuroKoneko Kamen].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1387742892/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Umbrellaphant in Oz'' by Carol P. Silva and Marin Elizabeth Xiques].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/shop/marin-elizabeth-xiques-and-chris-dulabone/under-the-influence-of-oz/paperback/product-24186547.html ''Under the Influence of Oz'' by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0998479861/thewonderwizardo/ ''Upon the Name of Oz'' by Charles Shearer].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1524788309/thewonderwizardo/ ''What Is the Story of The Wizard of Oz?'' by Kirsten Anderson].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1790753031/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Origins''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1796683167/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Gambit''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1097738329/thewonderwizardo/ ''Wicked Rebel'' by Paula Black].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1980391939/thewonderwizardo/ ''Witch Queens: Tales from Oz'' by S. Cinders].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/172632558X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Animated World of The Wizard of Oz'' by Kevin Scott Collier].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1643723243/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Poster Coloring Book'' by Victoria Marble].
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* In "Adventures in Oz", Zoe O'Haillin-Berne tells the story of how her cosplaying at Oz festivals led to founding a traveling character troupe.
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Also included with this issue:
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* A 2020 membership form (for those who don't want to renew their membership online).
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* A registration form for the National Oz Convention.
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* The third part of the Emerald City toy theatre.
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* An "Oz Live 2019" supplement, reporting on:
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** The 2019 National Oz Convention in Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
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** Oz-Stravaganza! in Chittenango, New York.
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** The Quadling Convention in Moore, Oklahoma.
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** The Judy Garland Festival and Children's Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
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** The Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival in Ionia, Michigan.
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** OzCon International in Pomona, California.
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** Autumn in Oz in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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** Oztoberfest in Wamego, Kansas.
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** Ohio Oz Fest in Twinsburg, Ohio.
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* The latest issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what age their birth certificate might say), featuring:
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** A new expedition for Trot and Cap'n Bill.
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** Dorothy's final "Editorial", as she's handing over the reins as Editor in Chief to the Scarecrow.
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** The conclusion to the biography of L. Frank Baum.
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** A play written by the Scarecrow, relating some of the events of ''The Magic of Oz''.
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** In "Ask Glinda", the sorceress and some of her friends answer the question, "How do I get to Oz?"
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Stay tuned, because more from this issue will be coming over the next few days.
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==April 26, 2022: ''Wicked'' to Be Split Into Two Movies==
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John Chu, the director of the film adaptation of the ''Wicked'' musical, sent out the following notice via Twitter:
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What it boils down to is that the movie adaptation will be released as two separate movies, during the December holiday release seasons of 2023 and 2024.
  
 
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==February 9, 2020: ''Judy'' and the 2019 Movie Awards Season==
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==April 12, 2022: David Moyer, 1929-2022==
Renée Zellweger was presented with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role tonight for her performance as Judy Garland in the later years of her life in the film ''Judy''. This culminates the 2019-20 movie award season, which saw Zellweger give early notice that she would be a factor, as she also won the following awards:
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* Hollywood Actress Award at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards.
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David Moyer, long-time Oz fan and recipient of the 2006 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, passed away today at the age of 92. He was active in the Club as far back as the 1970s, and twice served on the Board of Directors. He also edited "Oz in the News" in ''The Baum Bugle'' for many years. His career as an Egyptologist made him uniquely qualified to research and share his knowledge of Frank and Maud Baum's 1906 trip to Egypt and their cruise up the Nile. He presented his show at many Oz conventions and other sites. He was also a columnist for [https://www.kmtjournal.com/ ''KMT: A Modern Journal About Ancient Egypt'']. Earlier in his life, he also performed, both on stage and as a movie extra, which led to him playing Mombi in ''The Woggle-Bug'' and the Sultan of Samandra in ''The Yellow Knight of Oz'' at several Oz conventions.
* Best Actress at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards.
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* Best Lead Actress at the 2019 Atlanta Film Critics Circle.
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* Best Actress at the 2019 Phoenix Film Critics Society.
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* Best Actress at the 2020 Houston Film Critics Society.
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* The Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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* Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
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* Best Actress from the National Board of Review.
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* Best Actress from the 2020 AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards.
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* Best Actress from the 2020 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
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* The American Riviera Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
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* Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award.
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* Actress of the Year from the 2020 London Film Critics Circle.
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* Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs).
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* Best Female Lead at the 2020 Independent Film Awards.
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Zellweger was also a runner-up for Best Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society.
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Renée Zellweger wasn't the only award presented to ''Judy'' or one of its contributors:
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* Jeremy Woodhead won Make Up and Hair Design from the British Independent Film Awards. (Woodhead was also nominated for the Oscar in the same category, but lost to ''Bombshell''.)
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* The film was one of the top ten independent films named by the National Board of Review.
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==November 27, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Autumn 2019==
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==December 29, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'', Winter 2021 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 finding its way to members. This issue celebrates the legacy of L. Frank Baum and his creation in the centennial year of his crossing the shifting sands.
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The final issue for 2021 of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is back from the printers and on its way to Club members. In years past, this is the issue for which membership ends, and it's time to renew, but this time…well, read on to find out why this is changing.
  
 
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In this issue:
* The wraparound cover by Mark Manley shows L. Frank Baum meeting with many of the characters he created in the Emerald City. The inside covers show some of Manley's preliminary sketches and the development of the final artwork.
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* Celebrating one hundred years of ''The Royal Book of Oz'' and Ruth Plumly Thompson's ascension to becoming the Royal Historian of Oz, the front cover reworks the original cover of ''Royal Book''. The inside front cover reproduces the color plate of the Scarecrow crossing the river on the A-B-Sea Serpent from the same book.
* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright outlining how Ozzy her summer was, while ''Baum Bugle'' editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer looks at the process of putting this issue together.
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* "Awards and Honors" tells the world that Bill Beem won the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award for 2019, written up by Peter E. Hanff and Bill Thompson.
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** Oz Club President Jane Albright announces a change in how Club membership works. Instead of getting all three issues of ''The Baum Bugle'' for that calendar year, no matter when you join, you now get the next three issues. This has come about due to changes in how members join and renew, and the needs of printing issues. Plus, all kinds of new features in [https://www.ozclub.org/ the Club's newly redesigned website]
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** ''Bugle'' editor Sara K. Crotzer pulls back the curtain to show what went into the making of this issue.
 
* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
 
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** The original set parts for "Over the Rainbow" were found in the collection of Angela White, the daughter of Dave Rose, Judy Garland's first husband (not her third husband, as the ''Bugle'' reports). It was performed in public for the first time on September 14, 2019.
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** The casting of Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda in the forthcoming film version of the ''Wicked'' musical.
** A black-and-white dress, worn onscreen by Bobby Koshay as she doubled for Judy Garland in ''The Wizard of Oz'', two Munchkin jackets, an Emerald City townsfolk jacket, and an Emerald City soldier's musket all went up for auction at [https://profilesinhistory.com/auctions/the-icons-legends-of-hollywood-auction/ Profiles in History]. Meanwhile, Ray Bolger's Tony Award for Charley's Aunt was auctioned off in August.
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** The opening of [https://www.wizardofozflorida.com/ a new ''Wizard of Oz'' museum] in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
** The successful Kickstarter campaign to issue [https://cloverpress.us/collections/all/oz#MainContent a new edition of ''The Royal Book of Oz''], plus [http://www.seawolfpress.com/ Sea Wolf Press's] "100th Anniversary Collection" of all fourteen Oz novels by L. Frank Baum.
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** A new one-woman show about the actress immortalized as the Wicked Witch of the West, ''My Witch: Margaret Hamilton's Stories of Maine, Hollywood and Beyond!'' premiering over Halloween weekend in Freeport, Maine.
** The forthcoming ''Wizard of Oz'' escape room at [https://www.stlouisescape.com/escape-room-games-in-st-louis-missouri.html St. Louis Escape Rooms] in St. Louis, Missouri.
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** Dancer David Bolger's tribute to his uncle, Ray Bolger, at the Dublin Theatre Festival in October.
** A correction to last issue's review of ''Oz Behind the Iron Curtain'', giving the correct date for an early edition of ''Волшебник Изумрудного Города''.
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** [https://www.pavscreamery.com/northcanton/shop/ Pav's Creamery in North Canton, Ohio] unveils a mural of Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley, and, of course, Judy Garland as Dorothy eating ice cream.
** To celebrate The Movie's eightieth anniversary, Google added some interactivity to [https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&source=hp&ei=p7b6XbfTA4bb-gSAkbyYDg&q=the+wizard+of+oz&oq=the+wizard+of+oz&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l10.1512.5325..5556...0.0..0.197.1707.10j6......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i131.A_51fXVA2hg&ved=0ahUKEwj3wrqsrcDmAhWGrZ4KHYAID-MQ4dUDCAg&uact=5 its search results for ''The Wizard of Oz''] (click on the Ruby Slippers in the upper right hand corner to see for yourself).
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** "Through the Tube!" features three YouTube videos by the Sheet Music Singer of music from old Oz stage shows: [https://youtu.be/nqRqqOLAKIQ "The Scarecrow Song"] from ''The Wizard of Oz'' (1902), [https://youtu.be/0gReR_2xPgs "Mr. H. M. Woggle Bug, T. E."] from ''The Woggle-Bug'' (1905), and [https://youtu.be/NSVERb4Waqg "The Clockwork Man"] from ''The Tik-Tok Man of Oz'' (1913).
** The National Endowment for the Arts gives a grant to [https://www.eastman.org/ The George Eastman Museum] to help preserve its movie holdings, which include the only known copy of the 1910 film version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', as well as the original negative of the famous 1939 movie version.
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* In "Awards and Honors", the appreciation of the 2021 winner of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, Lynn Beltz, sadly also became her obituary, as she died unexpectedly in November. She is feted and remembered by Angelica Shirley Carpenter, Jane Albright, and Sarah K. Crotzer.
** The Dublin Zoo in Ireland has a classic children's literature theme to their annual [https://www.dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/ "Wild Lights"] holiday attraction. Among the stories profiled is ''The Wizard of Oz''.
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* "Ozma's Honor Roll" acknowledges those members of the Oz Club who have given additional funds above their membership dues to enhance the Club's coffers.
** This year's New York State Fair had a sand sculpture celebrating the eightieth anniversary of The Movie. Not to be outdone, the Kansas State Fair this year featured butter sculptures of Dorothy and other Oz characters.
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* Garrett Kilgore writes an appreciation of what is not the most beloved book among all Oz fans in "'We'll Let Him Adopt Us': Found Family in ''The Royal Book of Oz''".
** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" notes the passing of artist Charles Santore.
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* Scott Cummings compiles some contemporary newspaper and magazine reviews of ''The Royal Book of Oz'' in the latest installment of "OzUnder Scrutiny".
** "Through the Tube" features the following YouTube videos:
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* Peter Hanff examines how the story of Oz transitioned from one writer to another and gained a new lease on life in "Rewriting History: How Oz Was Saved for a New Generation".
*** [https://youtu.be/CmMN9bNwyDQ Peter Harrington Rare Books looks at the first edition of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''].
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* "Coming and Going" presents short mini-essays from Nick Campbell, Sarah K. Crotzer, Scott Cummings, and Peter E. Hanff about what may have influenced Ruth Plumly Thompson to create some of the elements in ''The Royal Book of Oz''.
*** [https://youtu.be/uOWJDjmt4GU "The Traveller and the Pie" from the 1903 stage version of ''The Wizard of Oz''], as presented by the Canton Comic Opera Company.
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* Ryan Bunch presents "The Scarecrow of Oz", a song by Ruth Plumly Thompson and Norman Sherrard that was part of the advertising playlet ''A Day in Oz''.
*** [https://youtu.be/jr7WbWgr3c0 A History of the Hotel del Coronado] in California, where L. Frank Baum wrote several of his books in the earliest years of the twentieth century.
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* "The ''Royal Book of Oz'' Quiz", created by Stephen J. Teller for one of the Club's conventions in earlier times.
* As a tribute to the late Fred M. Meyer, the Club's longtime Secretary, the ''Bugle'' published a previously unpublished item found in Meyer's files, "What Might L. Frank Baum Have Written Next?"
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* In "Collector's Corner", W. Neal Thompson looks at the career and collectibility of Frank Ver Beck, the illustrator of L. Frank Baum's ''A New Wonderland''/''The Magical Monarch of Mo''.
* What may be a fragment of an unfinished Oz story by L. Frank Baum, previously published in the ''Bugle'' in 1965, is reprinted as "An Oz Story", with a new illustration by Mark Manley.
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* Gina Wickwar pays tribute to the Comfortable Camel and the Doubtful Dromedary, introduced in ''The Royal Book of Oz'', by remembering the times she's been on camels in "Camels Camels Everywhere…And Not a Drop to Drink".
* Gita Dorothy Morena, L. Frank Baum's great-granddaughter, and daughter of Ozma Baum Mentele, writes about her experiences with Oz and her family in "Living Inside the Oz Legacy".
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* Ruth Berman reexamines the links between John Steinbeck and Oz, a topic she first brought up in the previous issue of the ''Bugle'', in "When Pigs Have Wings".
* Mark Manley writes about his artistic journey in "Drawn to Oz".
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* Reviewed, or at least noted, in "The Bugle Review":
* "The First Oz Fan Fiction" presents just that—at least the first published one—written by ten-year-old Henry Kutz and nine-year-old Max Stolz, from the June 5, 1909 edition of the ''Syracuse Post-Standard''.
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/doctor-who-the-doctor-of-oz/9781405948005 ''Doctor Who: The Wonderful Doctor of Oz'' by Jacqueline Rayner], reviewed by Nick Campbell.
* "'Written Solely to Please Children': Is Oz Still a Story for Kids?" by Dina Schiff Massachi looks at the audience(s) of the many different interpretations of Oz in mass media over the decades.
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** [https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Wonderful-Wizard-of-Oz-Audiobook/B086N47PZS ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' audio play, adapted by Paul Magrs], reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
* Jane Albright takes a visit to "The Oz Museum: A World of Its Own in Wamego, Kansas", and catalogs other Oz and Oz-related museums around the United States.
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/the-art-of-decorating-dry-goods-windows-and-interiors/9781667199252 ''The Art of Decorating Dry Goods, Windows, and Interiors'' by L. Frank Baum], a reprint of the first edition of this rare book.
* Albright also initiates a new column, "Guaranteed for a Thousand Years" with "The Empty Case for Oz", looking at how Oz fans can show off some of their collection in a local museum or library exhibit space. (Further contributions come from David C. Diket and Sarah K. Crotzer.)
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/beyond-the-yellow-brick-road-unlocking-the-promises-of-god/9781951129477 ''Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Unlocking the Promise of God'' by Juan Martinez]].
* In "The Great Book of Records", Scott Cummings looks at contemporary accounts of the passing of the Royal Historian of Oz in "'The Maker of Fairies Is Dead': America Responds to the Death of L. Frank Baum".
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/the-black-rainbow-of-oz-founded-on-and-continuing-the-famous-oz-stories-by-l-frank-baum/9798648747173 ''The Black Rainbow of Oz'' by David M. Keyes].
* Presented in "Oz in the Arts":
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/dorothy-vs-alice-crucify-the-scarecrow/9781698482217 ''Dorothy vs. Alice: Crucify the Scarecrow''], [https://www.amazon.com/Dorothy-vs-Alice-Lion-Under/dp/B08L6165TB/ ''Dorothy vs. Alice: Lion Six Feet Under''], and [https://www.amazon.com/Dorothy-vs-Alice-Rust-Peace/dp/B08L62PGPF/ ''Dorothy vs. Alice: Tin Man Rust in Peace''] by Lotus Rose.
** The recent movie [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07YMHC328/thewonderwizardo/ ''Judy''], reviewed by Garrett Kilgore.
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/ken-romer/dorothy-and-the-wooden-soldiers-of-oz/paperback/product-755y92.html?page=1&pageSize=4 ''Dorothy and the Wooden Soldiers of Oz'' by Ken Romer], a reprint of the very limited edition 1987 book.
** ''The Wiz'', put on in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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** ''Dunkiton Press'' #29: Mice #3, the latest reprint of Oz-related material from newspaper archives from [http://thewizardofoz.info/wiki/Dunkiton_Press Dunkiton Press].
* Books written up in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/emerald-city-9798510277494/9798510277494 ''Emerald City'', edited by Stacey Jaine McIntosh].
** The French art album [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/2749148081/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz'', illustrated by Stéphane Levallois], reviewed by David Maxine.
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** The ''Faeries of Oz'' series by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell: [https://www.amazon.com/Tin-Faeries-Oz-Amber-Duell/dp/1953238041/ Book One: ''Tin''], [https://www.amazon.com/Crow-Amber-R-Duell/dp/195323805X/ Book Two: ,''Crow''], [https://www.amazon.com/Ozma-Faeries-Oz-Amber-Duell/dp/1953238068/ Book Three: ''Ozma''], and [https://www.amazon.com/Tik-Tok-Faeries-Oz-Amber-Duell/dp/1953238424/ Book Four: ''Tik-Tok''].
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190639040/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow'' by Holly van Leuven], reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/falling-into-oz-a-scifi-alien-fairy-tale-romance/9798718714227 ''Falling Into Oz'' by C. L. Riley].
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0359223508/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Ruby Slippers of Oz: Thirty Years Later'' by Rhys Thomas, reviewed by Bill Campbell.
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/goldey-goosey-of-oz/9781734951523 ''Goldey Goosey of Oz'' by Ron Baxley, Jr.]
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451480171/thewonderwizardo/ ''Sea Sirens: A Trot and Cap'n Bill Adventure'' by Amy Chu, illustrated by Janet K. Lee], reviewed by Eric Shanower.
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/the-hedgehog-of-oz/9781534467590 ''The Hedgehog of Oz'' by Cory Leonardo].
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/173371510X/thewonderwizardo/ ''How the Wizard Came to Oz, Volume 1'' by Donald Abbott], reviewed by Atticus Gannaway.
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** The ''Heirs of Oz'' series by Kendra Moreno: [https://www.amazon.com/Heartless-Tin-Man-Heirs-Book-ebook/dp/B08MYC6TMC/ Book 1: ''Heartless as a Tin Man''] and [https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Scarecrow-Heirs-Oz-Book-ebook/dp/B08YQTHP66/ Book 2: ''Empty As a Scarecrow'']. (Two more books, not noted by the ''Bugle'', are also available: [https://www.amazon.com/Cowardly-Lion-Heirs-Oz-Book-ebook/dp/B099P24C3V/ Book 3: ''Cowardly As a Lion''] and [https://www.amazon.com/Vengeful-Beauty-Heirs-Oz-Book-ebook/dp/B09K4HZT3Y/ Book 4: ''Vengeful As a Beauty''].)
** [https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/47176AA8-31E6-4E18-8366-D0F397DF4ED3 The 100 Anniversary Oz Collection], reprints of the first editions of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz books, reviewed by Sarah K. Crotzer.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/Hopeless-Robin-Endicott/dp/B08PLSVRS5/ ''Hopeless: Dorothy in Oz'' #1 by Robin Endicott].
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0143132431/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Women's Suffrage Movement'', edited by Sally Roesch Wagner] and reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/Journal-Rita-Diggs-Missing-Vessels/dp/B08Y5KRTMN/ ''Journal of Rita Diggs: Empty Vessels'' by Abigail Rodriguez].
** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594633436/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Swan Gondola'' by Timothy Schaffert], reviewed by Dee Michel.
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/lights-camera-witchcraft-a-critical-history-of-witches-in-american-film-and-television/9780738768533 ''Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A critical History of Witches in American Film and Television'' by Heather Greene].
* In "Adventures in Oz", Raymond Francis Wohl recounts his discovery of Oz and how he turned it into a one man show about L. Frank Baum in "The Stories Behind the Stories".
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** [https://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Diary-Personal-Yellow-Brick/dp/1736205609/ ''The Munchkin Diary: My Personal Yellow Brick Road'' by Betty Ann Bruno]—yes, Bruno was a child background Munchkin in The Movie, making her one of the last surviving cast members.
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/oscar-diggs-the-wizard-of-oz/9781684338443 ''Oscar Diggs, The Wizard of Oz'' by Scott B. Blanke].
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/o-z-doesn-t-diggs-g-c-c-at-emerald-city/9781734951530 ''O. Z. Doesn't Diggs G. C. C. at the Emerald City'' by Ron Baxley, Jr.]
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/oz-will-fall-wicked-rebirth/9781794883307 ''Oz Will Fall: Wicked Rebirth'' by John Malone and Nicole Delgado] (a second book, [https://bookshop.org/books/oz-will-fall-the-royal-marriage/9781365865435 ''Oz Will Fall: The Royal Marriage''] was not noted by the ''Bugle'').
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** [https://www.amazon.com/OZtory-Verse-Wonderful-Wizard-Oz/dp/1736345117/ ''Oztory in Verse: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' by Ronald K. Ford].
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/the-painted-queen-of-oz/9798589397048 ''The Painted Queen of Oz'' by Tarl Telford].
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/the-rubber-ostriches-of-oz/9781716458446 ''The Rubber Ostriches of Oz'' by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/marin-elizabeth-xiques/the-silver-shoes-of-oz/paperback/product-1jwjd9rk.html?page=1&pageSize=4 ''The Silver Shoes of Oz'' (second edition) by Marin Elizabeth Xiques].
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** [http://nikidik.com/ ''The Spellcasters of Oz'' by Philip John Levin].
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** [https://graythorn-publishing.square.site/product/straw-song/22?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false ''Straw Song'' by K. A. Silva].
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** [https://bookshop.org/books/the-wizard-of-bots-10/9781534486393 ''Bots: The Wizard of Bots'' by Russ Bolts].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/Wizard-That-Was-Australian-Musical/dp/B08M2GS28F/ ''The Wizard That Was: An Australian School Musical'' by Greg Tuck].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/millie-hardy-sims/the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-a-play/paperback/product-q7kmye.html?page=1&pageSize=4 ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Play in Two Acts for Actors'' by Millie Hardy-Sims].
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* The inside front cover reproduces Michael Herring's cover art for the 1985 Del Rey edition of ''The Royal Book of Oz''.
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* And the back cover is Frank Ver Beck's "The Vegetarians", an illustration from the 1910 book ''Ver Beck's Bears in Mother Goose-Land''.
  
Also included with this issue are:
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Other goodies are also enclosed, in addition to the ''Bugle'':
* Autumn Issue #5 of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans. In this issue:
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* A flyer for many books and other items [https://www.ozclub.org/shop/ available in the Oz Club shop].
** News of a missing Munchkin named Kiki Aru.
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* A plea to renew, especially in light of the change in renewal policy.
** An editorial by editor Dorothy Gale.
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* A Scarecrow marionette to color, cut out, and assemble.
** The second part of the story of "How L. Frank Baum Became the Royal Historian of Oz".
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* And in the twelfth issue of the revival of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what their ages):
** The Scarecrow writes about how important illustrations can be to a story.
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** New York Oz fan Katie Jones, lost and asking for help in the last few issues, finally makes it to the Emerald City!
** The "Ask Glinda" column covers a little bit of the history of the Nome King.
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** The editor, the Scarecrow, writes about friendship among Oz fans.
** And the Glass Cat produces her first society column (even typed by herself).
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** The story of how Ruth Plumly Thompson succeeded L. Frank Baum as Royal Historian of Oz.
* Plus, the second part of the Emerald City toy theatre, showing the background (and a little bit of what's happening behind the scenes).
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** An overview of the characters and places Thompson added to the story of Oz.
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** Thompson's poem, "A Christmas Wish".
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** Holiday greetings (?) from the Nome King.
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** Ruth Plumly Thompson's map of Oz.
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** An interview with Sir Hokus of Pokes.
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** The Wogglebug's contest.
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** A winter weather report from the new ''Gazette'' meteorologist, Polychrome.
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For another look at this issue, the LA Quadling has [https://youtu.be/4nE7PL4Alw4 a video overview].
  
 
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==November 17, 2019: ''Oziana'' 2019==
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==November 20, 2021: Lynn Beltz 1953-2021==
[[File:Oziana_2019.jpeg|right]]The 2019 issue of ''Oziana'', the annual literary journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is now available for anyone to buy, whether they are Club members or not. It is available at [http://www.lulu.com/shop/marcus-mebes/oziana-2019/paperback/product-24323515.html this link to Lulu.com].
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[[File:Lynn Beltz.jpeg|center]]
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Lynn Beltz, former Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the International Wizard of Oz Club, passed away suddenly today from natural causes in her condo in St. Louis. She was 68. Reintroduced to Oz when finding tho books in college, she first came to Oz fandom at the Oogaboo Rendezvous events in the Seattle area, but soon became a regular at the Winkie Convention and other events around the country. After organizing games and support at Club conventions and promoting the Club at other events, she became more involved with the running of the Club, including organizing Club publications and donated items, criss-crossing the country to empty and consolidate warehouse storage lockers. Many of the items she recovered ended up in Oz Club auctions, or were given away to help recruit new members. The Club has seen few boosters like her, and she will be missed.
  
In this issue:
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She is survived by her husband, Michael, two sisters and a brother, and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.
* The front cover by David Valentin is entitled "Friends and Family".
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* In "An Odd Transformation" by Sara Philips, with illustrations by Lyan Tjally, some of Oz's more unusual but noteworthy citizens are transformed in an unexpected way. (Tjally also provides a full-color illustration for this story on the back cover.)
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* "Bitsy, the Patchwork Cat of Oz" by Jane Albright, with illustrations by Steve Smith, relates the adventures of Oz's newest animal citizen, accidentally created from some of Scraps' patches.
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* "The Epiphany of Miss Gulch" by Paul Dana, with illustrations by [https://blackdaisies.com/ Mela Pagayonan], looks at what happened to Miss Gulch after Toto escaped from her basket.
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* "The End of the Road" is a poem by E. J. Hagadorn.
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* "The Giant Weasel of Oz" by Nathan M. DeHoff, with illustrations by Darrell Spradlyn, sees the title character decide to collect a roc egg, with several Emerald City celebrities getting involved.
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(Photo courtesy of Bill Beem.)
  
 
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==September 20, 2019: ''The Baum Bugle'' Spring 2019==
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==August 27, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'', Autumn 2021 Issue==
[[File:Bbspring19.jpg|500 px|left]]The Spring 2019 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, has finally been published and is making its way to Club members. This issue was delayed due to editor in chief Sarah K. Crotzer having to deal with a series of unforeseen hospital visits, but a new ''Bugle'' is always welcome whatever the season.
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[[File:Bbautumn21.jpeg|left|500 px]]In what may be a first in the history of the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, the latest issue of ''The Baum Bugle'' has started to appear today in members' mailboxes ''before'' the season listed on the front cover. A tribute to the fantastic creatures of Oz, this issue will be a treat for all Oz fans.
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* The front cover features the pair of Ruby Slippers purchased by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, soon to be on display at [https://www.academymuseum.org/en/exhibitions/making-of-the-wizard-of-oz their museum].
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* The inside front cover features "And Yer Lil' Dog Too!" by [http://www.derekart.com/index.html Derek Yaniger], which has been on display at [https://www.animazing.com/wizard-of-oz-art-1 the Animazing Gallery] in Las Vegas as part of a ''Wizard of Oz'' exhibit.
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* "Letters" presents notes from Oz Club President Jane Albright and ''Bugle'' Editor-in-Chief Sarah K. Krotzer about the latest developments (including Krotzer's hospital visits that delayed this issue for so long).
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** Brittney Johnson becomes [http://www.playbill.com/article/inside-brittney-johnsons-whirlwind-experience-going-on-as-wickeds-first-glinda-of-color Broadway's first African-American Glinda in ''Wicked''].
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** The postponement of the ''Wicked'' movie until December 22, 2021.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493036297/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Road to Oz''], William Stillman and Jay Scarfone's latest book about the famous movie version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', won the Movies and TV award at [https://www.indieexcellence.com/13th-annual-winners the 13th annual National Indie Excellence Book Awards].
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** The first biography of one of The Movie's most popular actors, [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0190639040/thewonderwizardo/ ''Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow'' by Holly van Leuven], is published.
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** To honor their appearance in [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07MHQ5FDY/thewonderwizardo/ ''The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part''], LEGO has finally issued [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07MB84DDL/thewonderwizardo/ minifigs of Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion].
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** Designer Virgil Abloh's [https://hypebae.com/2019/1/virgil-abloh-spring-summer-2019-louis-vuitton-collection-online ''Wizard of Oz''-inspired men's fashions] for the spring/summer 2019 Louis Vitton collection.
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** William F. Brown, who wrote the book for the original Broadway musical version of ''The Wiz'', is remembered upon his passing in "Beyond the Shifting Sands…"
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** A new one-woman show, [https://www.broadwayworld.com/long-island/article/Bay-Street-Theater-Announces-MY-WITCH-The-Stories-Of-Margaret-Hamilton-20190525''My Witch, the Stories of Margaret Hamilton''], starring Jean Tafler.
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** The MeTV show [https://www.metv.com/collectors-call ''Collector's Call''] features the Oz collection of Walter Krueger.
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** The recent auction of previously unknown photos taken on the set of The Movie during production at MGM.
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** A new Oz television series in development at [https://www.legendary.com/ Legendary Entertainment].
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** The new card game [https://homefromoz.com/ ''Home from Oz''].
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** Recently unearthed home movie footage of [https://youtu.be/N2Go2lRr61c the Land of Oz park in North Carolina] from the 1970s.
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** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvvKhIb2hsI A tour of the Land of Oz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas] (from the 1990s).
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** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGU8I5tcAQY The ''Wizard of Oz'' section of the Great Movie Ride] at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studio (alas, no longer a ride there).
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** ''Wizard of Oz'' art exhibits at [https://www.animazing.com/wizard-of-oz-art-1 The Animazing Gallery] in Las Vegas; the [https://esmoa.org/experience/oz/ El Segundo Museum of Art] in California; and an exhibit devoted to the late Barry Moser, including some of his illustrations for ''The Wizard of Oz'' at [https://gallery.bromer.com/searchResults.php?category_id=238&action=browse&orderBy=author The Bromer Gallery] in Boston.
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* Jonathan Shirshekan looks at the history of Hollywood's most famous pair of shoes in part 1 of "Keep Them Ruby: Following the Steps of the Ruby Slippers".
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* Jay Scarfone and William Stillman look back at the caravan used to publicize ''The Wizard of Oz'' on its release in ""Oz on Tour: 1939".
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* The new "Great Book of Records" column sees Scott Cummings reporting on a 1933 event to publicize the new Oz book for 1933, ''Ojo in Oz'', and the new ''Wizard of Oz'' radio show, in "A Tea Party for Oz".
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* "Collector's Corner" sees Bill Thompson writing about a curious item, Reilly and Britton's ''Children's Stories That Never Grow Old'', illustrated by John R. Neill.
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* At long last, Jane Albright wraps up her examination of Oz puppetry in part 2 of "Pulling Strings".
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* In "Oz in the Arts":
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** [https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007l6x ''Friday Night Is Music Night: The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary], hosted by Warwick Davis in London, reviewed by Dave Ward.
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** ''The Wizard of Oz Unplugged'' at the Waukesha Civic Theatre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, reviewed by Laura DeNooyer.
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* Books featured in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1496823370/thewonderwizardo/ ''Oz Behind the Iron Curtain: Aleksandr Volkov and His Magic Land Series'' by Erika Haber], reviewed by Michael Patrick Hearn.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0525622101/thewonderwizardo/ ''Finding Dorothy: A Novel'' by Elizabeth Letts], reviewed by Dee Michel.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991199162/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Lost Tales of Oz'', edited by Joe Bongiorno] and reviewed by Atticus Gannaway
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* In "Advetures in Oz", Christopher Rhoton relays his experience designing for a stage production of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in Chicago, with color photos from the show reproduced on the back cover.
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* The inside back cover reproduces a Reilly and Britton advertisement for ''Children's Stories That Never Grow Old'' from a 1908 edition of ''Publishers' Weekly''.
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Also included with this issue:
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* Issue number four of the revived version of ''The Oz Gazette'', dedicated to younger (or young at heart) Oz fans. Among the items are a contest to draw a new map of Oz; how L. Frank Baum met W. W. Denslow; the Scarecrow reviews [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/042528784X/thewonderwizardo/ ''Fantastic Mr. Fox'' by Roald Dahl]; Glinda explaining why animals in Oz can talk (and why some can't); and an interview with the Cowardly Lion.
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* The craft project is part one of an Emerald City toy theater, with the proscenium arch, box seats, and four Oz characters. (More parts and characters are promised in the remaining two parts, coming in the Autumn and Winter issues.)
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In this issue:
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* The front cover features an illustration of Tik-Tok by Gabriel Gale, from the forthcoming book [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789341018/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Art of Oz''].
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* The inside front cover has an illustration by Mark Manley of the Demon of Electricity from L. Frank Baum's non-Oz book ''The Master Key''.
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* "Letters" sees Oz Club President Jane Albright reflecting on how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Club to reach out in new ways via online events, while ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer talks about how this issue came about and its contributors.
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* Recent news items covered in "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** The discovery of a dress worn by Judy Garland in The Movie, found at the Catholic University of America.
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** The opening of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' [https://www.academymuseum.org/en/ museum], launching with a screening of The Movie with an orchestra performing the score.
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** The continued woes of bringing ''Wicked'' to the screen, along with new productions in South Korea and [https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/wicked-hamburg Germany].
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** [https://www.pbs.org/show/wicked-concert/ ''Wicked in Concert''] on PBS.
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** Plans to expand the Oz Plaza in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
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** A man in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who turned his garden into an Ozzy tribute to his recently deceased wife.
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** "Through the Tube!" found these recent discoveries on YouTube, all devoted to arts and crafts:
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*** [https://youtu.be/7Y_Y4mW0QeY How to make a pop-up Oz scrapbook album.]
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*** [https://youtu.be/XkS-N2EeFNo MGM ''Wizard of Oz'' bookmarks.]
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*** [https://youtu.be/apjlXF8Y0sc Build a Wizard's hot air balloon decoration.]
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* Michael Patrick Hearn gives a preview of the forthcoming book [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789341018/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Art of Oz''] in "A Few Words About Oz".
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* Robert B. Luehrs takes a look at ''The Master Key'' in "Encountering the Demon of Electricity".
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* Dennis Wilson Wise examines how two different authors write about underground dwellers in "Delving Into Gnome Man's Land: Two Traditions in Baum and Tolkien".
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* "Collector's Corner" sees W. Neal Thompson examining one of the first books ever illustrated by W. W. Denslow, ''County Atlas of Lebanon, Pennsylvania''. (Well everyone has to start ''somewhere''!)
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* Christina Maffa looks at the influences on Tik-Tok and Baum's other mechanical characters in "Perfect Machines: Baum's Mechanical Beings and Their Ancient Greek Predecessors".
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* Ruth Berman looks at some of the creatures that inhabit the airways of Oz in "Flights of Fancy in Oz".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Marc Berezin reviews ''Fantastic Return to Oz'', an original sequel to the Russian animated movie ''Fantastic Journey to Oz''. The new movie has so far received ''very'' limited distribution in English-speaking markets.
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* In "The Bugle Review":
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** The new [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1951038029/thewonderwizardo/ Clover Press edition of ''The Royal Book of Oz'' by Ruth Plumly Thompson] with new illustrations by Sara Richard, reviewed by Atticus Gannaway.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/194626024X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', adapted by Susan Hill Long and illustrated by Susan Martinez], reviewed by Angelica Shirley Carpenter.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1946260150/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz'', adapted by Alex Fabrizio and illustrated by Greg Paprocki].
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* "Adventures in Oz" recounts the adventures of puppeteer David Messick as he tries to put on a production of the second Oz book in "My Journey to the Marvelous Land of Oz".
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* The inside back cover reproduces a color plate of Jack and Peter flying on the Iffin from ''Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz''.
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*And the back cover reproduces a map of Oz and its neighboring lands from ''The Art of Oz''.
  
==August 11, 2019: Charles Santore 1935-2019==
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Also sent out with this issue:
[[File:Santore_Oz.jpeg|900 px|center]]Acclaimed illustraton Charles Santore, best known for his reimaginations of classic children's stories, died today from undisclosed causes. He was 84. His teachers in Philadelphia recognized his artistic talents at an early age and encouraged him to pursue a life in art. He started off in commercial art, his works appearing in many advertisements and magazines, including a number of celebrity portraits on the cover of ''TV Guide'' in the 1970s. In 1985, a publisher approached Santore about creating new illustrations for ''Peter Rabbit'', and a new stage of his career opened up. As well as Peter Rabbit, he created new illustrations for ''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Aesop's Fables'', ''The Night Before Christmas'', ''The Velveteen Rabbit'', and an acclaimed edition of [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1604335424/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz''], first published in 1991. His original works are now in many museums, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Brandywine Rivers Museum in Pennsylvania. In 1972, he was awarded the Hamilton King award from the New York Society of Illustrators. He also received a gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers, and an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.
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* The eleventh issue of the second series of ''The Oz Gazette'', the newspaper from Oz aimed at younger readers, which features:
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** After a disappearance at a circus near the Emerald City, readers are urged to keep an eye out for strange creatures, possibly from Oz, in their own neighborhoods.
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** Editor Scarecrow asks readers to write in with their own contributions while expressing his sympathies for all that's happening in our world.
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** Chapter 2 of the serial story, "Toto and the Woozy in the Valley of the Kalidahs!"
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** In "Ask Glinda", lost Club member Katie Jones sends in a record of her latest adventures. (Come on, Glinda, help her!)
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** The ''Gazette'' interviews Prof. H. M. Wogglebug, T. E.
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** And in a "stop press" notice, it seems many things have disappeared from the Emerald City on Halloz'ween night—including Princess Ozma!
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* For a craft project, a portrait of Queen Aquarine from ''The Sea Fairies'' that can flap its tail.
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* A request for writers and researchers for future issues of ''The Baum Bugle''.
  
(Information courtesy of [https://whyy.org/articles/charles-santore-philly-illustrator-of-classic-childrens-books-dies-at-84/ WHYY] and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Santore Wikipedia].)
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''The Baum Bugle'' is the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, and goes out to all members three times each year. For more information about joining the Club and receiving ''The Baum Bugle'', [http://ozclub.org/join-the-club/ take a look right here].
  
 
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==July 27, 2019: The 2019 Winkie Award==
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==August 7, 2021: The 2021 Oz Club Awards==
[[File:Jlbellwinkieaward.jpg|500px|center]]Tonight, OzCon International presented its highest honor, the Winkie Award, to John L. Bell. Bell has helped the convention a lot in recent years by coordinating daytime programming and lining up speakers and events. He is also a tireless Oz researcher and writer who has contributed to both ''The Baum Bugle'' and ''Oziana''. Heartfelt congratulations to a well-deserving recipient!
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This evening, during its second annual To Oz? To Oz! virtual convention, the International Wizard of Oz Club announced the winners of its annual awards.
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* The Fred Otto Prize for Fiction went to J. L. Bell for "Button-Bright and the Professor", with the runner-up prize going to Scott Blanke for "The Royal Joust of Oz".
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* The Warren C. Hollister Prize for Non-Fiction was not awarded, as there were no entries.
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* The Rob Roy MacVeigh Prize for Art went to "Polychrome" by David Valentin, with Sofia Vazquez coming in second with "Langwidere".
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* And the Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, presented to those who have made contributions above and beyond to Oz, the Club, or its goals. The winner for 2021 is Lynn Beltz, former Club vice-president and a general ambassador for Oz and the Club at Oz events all over the country.
  
 
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==June 22, 2019: The 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award==
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[[File:LFBMA 2019.jpg|frame|center|Bill Beem (right) receives the 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from last year's winner, Bill Thompson. (Photo courtesy of Bill Thompson.)]]
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[[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!
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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==June 9, 2019: The 73rd Tony Awards==
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Two actors with longtime associations with Oz received their first [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/73rd_Tony_Awards Tony Awards] tonight, presented by the American Theater Wing for excellence in Broadway productions. Andre De Shields, who originated the title role in ''The Wiz'' in 1975, won the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Hermes in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadestown_(musical) ''Hadestown''].
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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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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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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 the Life 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". Many 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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** [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 you can watch [https://youtu.be/HvVxgs3dYJY right here]!
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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.
  
''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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* 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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** 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.
  
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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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==May 17, 2021: ''Oziana'' 2021: The Fiftieth Anniversary Issue==
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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].
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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 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.
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The previously announced release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of ''Wicked'' turns out to have been premature—''again''. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shuffling release schedules around, the original first-postponed December 22, 2021 release date was given over to ''Sing 2''. So the ''Wicked'' movie is on hold again, but it is still in development, although it has no definitive release date yet. The delay was so long that director Stephen Daldrey left the project on October 20, 2020. On February 2, 2021, Jon M. Chu, director of <i>Crazy Rich Asians</i> and <i>In the Heights</i> was announced as the new director.
  
 
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The latest Oz project to be announced in Hollywood: ''Cheshire Crossing'', the graphic novel by Andy Weir and Sarah Anderson, optioned by Amblin Partners. (See [https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/amblin-michael-de-luca-tackling-martian-author-s-fantasy-graphic-novel-cheshire-crossing-1255011 this report].)
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May 13, 2022: The Baum Bugle Spring 2022 issue

Even though the calendar says today is Friday the thirteenth, it's a lucky day for members of the International Wizard of Oz Club as the latest issue of the Club's journal, The Baum Bugle, has started arriving in members' mailboxes. We'll have more about this issue in the coming days, after our own copy arrives, so keep an eye on this page for more information.


April 26, 2022: Wicked to Be Split Into Two Movies

John Chu, the director of the film adaptation of the Wicked musical, sent out the following notice via Twitter:

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What it boils down to is that the movie adaptation will be released as two separate movies, during the December holiday release seasons of 2023 and 2024.


April 12, 2022: David Moyer, 1929-2022

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David Moyer, long-time Oz fan and recipient of the 2006 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, passed away today at the age of 92. He was active in the Club as far back as the 1970s, and twice served on the Board of Directors. He also edited "Oz in the News" in The Baum Bugle for many years. His career as an Egyptologist made him uniquely qualified to research and share his knowledge of Frank and Maud Baum's 1906 trip to Egypt and their cruise up the Nile. He presented his show at many Oz conventions and other sites. He was also a columnist for KMT: A Modern Journal About Ancient Egypt. Earlier in his life, he also performed, both on stage and as a movie extra, which led to him playing Mombi in The Woggle-Bug and the Sultan of Samandra in The Yellow Knight of Oz at several Oz conventions.

(Information courtesy of the International Wizard of Oz Club and David Maxine. Photo courtesy David Maxine.)



December 29, 2021: The Baum Bugle, Winter 2021 Issue

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The final issue for 2021 of The Baum Bugle, the journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club, is back from the printers and on its way to Club members. In years past, this is the issue for which membership ends, and it's time to renew, but this time…well, read on to find out why this is changing.

In this issue:

Other goodies are also enclosed, in addition to the Bugle:

  • A flyer for many books and other items available in the Oz Club shop.
  • A plea to renew, especially in light of the change in renewal policy.
  • A Scarecrow marionette to color, cut out, and assemble.
  • And in the twelfth issue of the revival of The Oz Gazette, the newsletter for younger Oz fans (no matter what their ages):
    • New York Oz fan Katie Jones, lost and asking for help in the last few issues, finally makes it to the Emerald City!
    • The editor, the Scarecrow, writes about friendship among Oz fans.
    • The story of how Ruth Plumly Thompson succeeded L. Frank Baum as Royal Historian of Oz.
    • An overview of the characters and places Thompson added to the story of Oz.
    • Thompson's poem, "A Christmas Wish".
    • Holiday greetings (?) from the Nome King.
    • Ruth Plumly Thompson's map of Oz.
    • An interview with Sir Hokus of Pokes.
    • The Wogglebug's contest.
    • A winter weather report from the new Gazette meteorologist, Polychrome.

For another look at this issue, the LA Quadling has a video overview.


November 20, 2021: Lynn Beltz 1953-2021

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Lynn Beltz, former Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the International Wizard of Oz Club, passed away suddenly today from natural causes in her condo in St. Louis. She was 68. Reintroduced to Oz when finding tho books in college, she first came to Oz fandom at the Oogaboo Rendezvous events in the Seattle area, but soon became a regular at the Winkie Convention and other events around the country. After organizing games and support at Club conventions and promoting the Club at other events, she became more involved with the running of the Club, including organizing Club publications and donated items, criss-crossing the country to empty and consolidate warehouse storage lockers. Many of the items she recovered ended up in Oz Club auctions, or were given away to help recruit new members. The Club has seen few boosters like her, and she will be missed.

She is survived by her husband, Michael, two sisters and a brother, and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

(Photo courtesy of Bill Beem.)


August 27, 2021: The Baum Bugle, Autumn 2021 Issue

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


In this issue:

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

Also sent out with this issue:

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

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


August 7, 2021: The 2021 Oz Club Awards

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

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

July 17, 2021: The Winkie Award

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

(Photo courtesy Peter Hanff.)



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

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


In this issue:

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

Also included with this issue are:

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

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

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

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

In this issue:

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



Rumor Control

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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