John Fricke

John Fricke

John Fricke was an Oz enthusiast from an early age. He began attending Oz conventions in his early teens, and combined a passion for Baum and Oz with enormous admiration for Judy Garland and the MGM film version of The Wizard of Oz.

John earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University, and his writing skill has been a mainstay ever since. He is also a talented singer who has performed in theaters and clubs throughout the country as well as at all three main regional conventions of the Oz Club. John has been a frequent contributor to The Baum Bugle, and served as its editor-in-chief in the 1980s. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Oz Club president.

Among his published books are The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History, Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer, and 100 Years of Oz: A Century of Classic Images from the Wizard of Oz Collection of Willard Carroll. In addition, he has written liner notes, served as a consultant for and narrated Oz and Garland documentaries, and interviewed numerous individuals who were directly connected with the production of the MGM movie.

3 thoughts on “John Fricke

  1. Hello,

    I am wondering if anyone may be able to help me. I am in the process of writing a biography about the enigmatic Oz actor Pat Walshe, who appeared in the 1939 film. He was a dwarf actor and played the minor role of Nikki the flying monkey. Despite such a small role with no dialogue and his name not even mentioned, he is still credited. In fact he is billed before Aunt Em, who has a substantially larger role. Facts about Walshe’s life are few and far between. Through extensive research of old playbills and newspaper clippings I was able to write a short biography which has been added to his Wikipedia page. However I am looking to write a more extensive biography. I am wondering if anyone has any insight or information regarding Walshe and his involvement in Oz. I am particularly interested in contacting John Fricke, as to whether he has any relevant information.

    Thank you kindly,
    Shaun Lati

  2. i too would like to contact john fricke. a family friend was the president of the judy fan club in chicago, she has photos and a newspaper story from the 1950 s meeting the train in chicago with signs greeting judy to the city.she has may items in her collection. she is close to 80 years old. is it possible to pass on john s contact info to her thanks jim

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