The President’s Corner

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2019 will mark both the 80th anniversary of the MGM film, and the 100th anniversary of L. Frank Baum’s death. Consider approaching a local library, museum, historic site, or gallery to see if they’d be interested in hosting a display of your Oz collection. It doesn’t have to be extensive. With the right fit you can […]

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A small group of Oz Club members, Oz fans and friends recently met in Troutdale, Oregon, for an afternoon of Oz fun and games. I was vacationing in Portland, so set my sights on the McMenamins Edgefield for the June 16th event organized by Karyl Carlson.  We gathered in a meeting room Karyl had loaded […]

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Wizard of Oz puppetry turned out to be a topic big enough for its own book. (And if you want to write it, you can have my notes.) Tackling it for The Baum Bugle I quickly discovered the topic was larger than my vision for the article, which was limited to performing puppet shows for children here […]

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When Parker Bros.’ Wonderful Game of Oz was described in the Wizard of Oz Collector’s Treasury as “one of the most visually satisfying Oz products ever published,” I nodded my agreement—vigorously. The game is really striking. Plus, it’s a game—and it’s a map of Oz covered with characters and places from the Oz books. It’s also lovely enough […]

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The Spring 2018 Baum Bugle is on its way to Oz Club members with a new look that is a breath of fresh air for our Club.  If you’ve been a Club member in the past, you’ll likely notice the design changes first, but look for organizational changes, too, as our new editor-in-chief, Sarah Crotzer, updates […]

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This year I have spent far more time than I ever dreamed possible exploring the fascinating world of Oz puppets. The Spring 2018 issue of The Baum Bugle will be Club members’ first exposure to the result; as a preview I’m using my blog to cover one of the aspects of Oz puppetry that won’t […]

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Some years ago, Karen Owens thought we might entice fans to join the Oz Club at Oz festival booths if she had an extra incentive. A big collector of Oz pins, she promptly had an enameled pin made featuring L. Frank Baum with Dorothy, Scarecrow and Tin Woodman. At festivals ever since, those joining the […]

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It’s a small thing, but worth a short blog. The Oz Club has been without an informational flier for quite a while. That changed today when cartons of new ones arrived at my door. Now that our online store has reopened, we needed to add that back into the flier. We also had an address […]

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It’s a Bugle!  The Winter 2017 Baum Bugle is now arriving in member homes. You’ll find 76 pages of Ozziness inside a gorgeous cover that’s a colorization of a black-and-white still from the 1939 MGM classic. Victor Mascaro has done a masterful job of making Dorothy, Scarecrow, Toto and one red apple really pop off […]

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