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The full press release, including all twenty-five recordings in the class or 2020, is available at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-21-015/national-recording-registry-adds-rhythm-nation-among-25-new-selections/2021-03-24/. The complete registry, which also includes the original Broadway cast album of ''The Wiz'', is at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/recording-registry/complete-national-recording-registry-listing/.
 
The full press release, including all twenty-five recordings in the class or 2020, is available at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-21-015/national-recording-registry-adds-rhythm-nation-among-25-new-selections/2021-03-24/. The complete registry, which also includes the original Broadway cast album of ''The Wiz'', is at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/recording-registry/complete-national-recording-registry-listing/.
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==February 28, 2021: ''The Baum Bugle'' Winter 2020==
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[[File:bbwinter20.jpg|left]]The Winter 2020 issue of ''The Baum Bugle'', the International Wizard of Oz Club's triannual journal, is now back from the printers and making its way to all Oz Club members for 2020. This issue commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of ''Glinda of Oz'', the final Oz book by L. Frank Baum.
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<br clear=all>In this issue:
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* The front cover reproduces an original Dick Martin watercolor from 1988.
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* The inside front cover is an unused jacket illustration Martin did in 1961.
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* In "Letters", Oz Club President Jane Albright talks about how Oz fans have weathered the coronavirus pandemic and found new ways to gather and express themselves, while ''Bugle'' editor Sarah K. Crotzer previews what's in the issue at hand.
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* In "The Bugle Bulletin":
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** Stephen Daldrey exits as director of the ''Wicked'' movie.
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** ''The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of'' podcast devotes an episode to the Ruby Slippers.
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** Even though it was cancelled, Boomerang had a third season of [https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1 ''Dorothy and the Wizard ofOz''] up its sleeve, shown in 2020.
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** Movie star Richard Gere bought a New York City condo previously owned by Margaret Hamilton.
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** The new comic book ''The O. Z.'' was successfully funded [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theozcomic/the-oz-1/ via Kickstarter].
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** Popmatters.com has [https://www.popmatters.com/andre-de-shields-2020-interview-2648458514.html an interview with Broadway's original Wiz, André de Shields].
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** "Beyond the Shifting Sands" remembers these recently deceased Ozites:
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*** Chris Dulabone, prolific Oz author and publisher.
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*** David L. Greene, one of the charter members of the International Wizard of Oz Club and an important Oz researcher and writer for over fifty years.
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Lurie Alison Lurie], Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose work often invoked her love of Oz.
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*** Harry Naught, whose long illustrating career included Little Golden Books adaptations of ''The Road to Oz'', ''The Emerald City of Oz'', and ''The Tin Woodman of Oz''.
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*** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Schumacher Joel Schumacher], the prolific Hollywood director who also had an early screenwriting credit with the film adaptation of ''The Wiz''.
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*** Myrna Swensen, wife of Movie Munchkin soldier Clarence Swensen who frequently appeared with him at Oz events.
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** "Through the Tube" presents these treasures from YouTube:
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*** [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4129A1534CCC103A The twenty-fifth anniversary of ''The Wizard of Oz on Ice''].
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*** [https://youtu.be/5tgzCR4_Ii4 The 2017 Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset, Pennsylvania] took on an Ozzy theme for the festivities.
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*** [https://youtu.be/g_Inbmd55_k Behind the scenes at ''The Wonderful Winter of Oz'', a 2019 pantomime in Pasadena].
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* "Awards and Honors" recognizes the 2020 winner of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, Gina Wickwar.
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* Michael Patrick Hearn examines ''Glinda of Oz'', the final volume of the Founding Fourteen, in "L. Frank Baum's Farewell to Oz".
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* Robert B. Luehrs examines the relationship between Glinda and Oz in "The Sorceress, the Goddess, and the Matriarchate".
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* Scott Cummings presents several contemporary reviews of ''Glinda of Oz'' in the latest installment of "Oz Under Scrutiny".
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* Peter E. Hanff delves into the Oz Club's archives to examine how John R. Neill created the color plate of Glinda reading her records in ''The Marvelous Land of Oz''. (The original line drawing, before it is colored, is reproduced on the inside back cover, while the back cover is the picture in color, based in part from an original photo proof.)
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* Dina Schiff Massachi looks at the career of the actress who played Glinda in the film version of ''The Wiz'' in "Lena Horne: Learning to Believe".
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* "Labor of Love: An Interview with [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gili_Bar-Hillel Gili Bar-Hillel Semo]" talks to the woman who translates, [https://utz.co.il/ publishes], and sells Oz books in Israel, how she came to also record the audio books, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected what she does.
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* Angelica Shirley Carpenter tries to fill in some of the blanks of the life of L. Frank Baum's wife in "Finding Maud".
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* In "Oz in the Arts", Rosemary Jones reviews a virtual Oz play, "OZ.ORG", presented during the 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. (You can watch an interview with the director and preview of the show [https://youtu.be/V-6ocvq4yis right here].)
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* New Oz books reviewed, or at least mentioned, in "The Bugle Review":
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0593114752/thewonderwizardo/ ''Bedtime Classics: The Wizard of Oz'' board book, illustrated by Carly Gledhill], reviewed by Garrett Kilgore.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451480244/thewonderwizardo/ ''Sky Island: A Trot & Cap'n Bill Adventure'' graphic novel by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee], reviewed by J. L. Bell.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0847860116/thewonderwizardo/ ''Adrian: A Lifetime of Movie Glamour, Art and High Fashion'' by Leonard Stanley], reviewed by Paul Miles Schneider.
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0545746698/thewonderwizardo/ ''Abby in Oz (Whatever After: Special Edition0'' by Sarah Mlynowski].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1099805325/thewonderwizardo/ ''Flying Monkeys Cookbook'' by Aunt Deb].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1733908625/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Good Witch of the South'' by T. C. Bartlett].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1651625751/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Inventor of Oz'' by Kaitlyn Hawker].
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** The Kingdom of Fairytales Wizard of Oz series by Emma Savant and J. A. Armitage: [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997007/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 1: King of Traitors''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997015/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 2: Heir of Fugitives''], [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997023/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 3: Throne of Emeralds''], and [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1989997031/thewonderwizardo/ ''Volume 4: God of Storms''].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/170284417X/thewonderwizardo/ ''A Nightmare in Oz'' by David M. Keyes].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1734109505/thewonderwizardo/ ''No Place Like Home'' by Susan Wackerbarth].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B088LFS413/thewonderwizardo/ ''Orphans of Oz: A Mother's Adventure'' by Marie Micaela].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B08KJYWL4Q/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Poetry Book of Oz'' by L. Frank Baum and Tynker Smith].
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** [https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/larry-springfield-jr/the-shaman-of-oz/paperback/product-1wkw5ene.html?page=1&pageSize=4 ''The Shaman of Oz'' by Larry Springfield, Jr.].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/149659195X/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Silver Spurs of Oz'' by Erica Schultz, illustrated by Omar Lozano].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1574330497/thewonderwizardo/ ''Stolen to Oz: Toto and Miss Jennie in Oz (Without Dorothy0,, by Alan Lindsay].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1620888971/thewonderwizardo/ ''A Taste of Oz'' by Robin Blasberg].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1951600320/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Teachers of Oz: Leading with Wisdom, Heart, Courage, and Spirit'' by Herbie Raad and Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1734574798/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Twin Witches of Oz'' by Amanda D. Wallace].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1732338434/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Menopoz'' by Deborah Monk].
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** [https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/8854417025/thewonderwizardo/ ''The Wizard of Oz Puzzle Book'' by Fabiana Attanasio].
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* And Peter E. Hanff writes about the man who, among other things, invigorated and modernized the Oz Club's journal in "Building a Better ''Bugle'': A Legacy of David L. Greene" as a tribute and obituary.
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Also included with this issue:
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* The ninth issue of ''The Oz Gazette'', the Oz publication for younger Oz fans, which includes:
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** Editor Scarecrow's attempts to create a self-writing, self-publishing newspaper (with less-than-satisfactory results).
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** A look at [https://youtu.be/09iHePAIZFA the earliest existing Oz movie].
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** "Ask Glinda" continues the adventures of Katie Jones on her visit to Oz.
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** "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?" poses another ponderable problem.
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** And an interview with ''The Oz Gazette'' and ''The Baum Bugle'' illustrator Mark Manley.
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* A craft project to create Glinda's skeropythrope, a magical device she used in ''Glinda of Oz''.
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All Oz Club members who receive this issue are advised that this is the last issue for the 2020 membership year, and anyone wishing to continue to receive the ''Bugle'' should send in their membership dues (which [https://shop.ozclub.org/product-category/iwoc-membership/ can now be done online]).
  
 
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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.)



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

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

In this issue:

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



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

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

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


February 28, 2021: The Baum Bugle Winter 2020

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


In this issue:

Also included with this issue:

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

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