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.

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  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

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