The President’s Corner

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I’ve been hearing about Ryan Jay’s condo in Milwaukee for a bit more than a year.  He’d describe the Oz colors going on the walls, or the arrangement of Oz art. It all sounded like a magical must-stop. This was my chance.  When we first met, Ryan was a 10-year Oz enthusiast attending his first Oz […]

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Road trip Day 3 started with a detour. Garry Parrett had encouraged me to see the antique mall in Appleton where there was a Glinda figurine I’d likely want. He started listing other things he’d just seen there and I was a goner. Once Glinda was safely in the car—along with a Denslow plate, a […]

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The Land of Oz Museum in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, is jaw-dropping fun. Garry Parrett started his collection with a single collector’s plate and in 30 years it’s easily grown to be one of the largest Oz collections in the country. While most of us with lots of Oz material fill the corners of our homes with […]

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Day Two:  I’m off to Appleton, Wisconsin.  Although the Oz Club pulled loads of material out of Fred Meyer’s storage decades ago, he had wanted some publications on hand to send to his correspondents.  His sister Nancy and her daughter Catherine still have boxes and shelves of Club publications in a storage unit. I’ve known for […]

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Plane time is great time for blogging. Particularly when you’re off on an Oz adventure and haven’t even blogged about the last one yet. That trip took me to the homes of Oz friends in the Chicago/Wisconsin area as two opportunities turned into four, then six. Day One: The Oz collection of Charles Van Wissink […]

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Instead of words about the Oz Club’s convention, held just outside New Orleans in June, I’m opting to serve up a photo gallery. Thanks to Mike Gessel, who takes MUCH better photos than I do! If you have photos from anything I’ve missed that would be fun to share, send them my way and I’ll […]

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The Johnson County (Kansas) Museum served up a wonderful fashion show today. Fifteen various Dorothy costumes were modeled live, each accompanied by a scrap of music associated with that costume.  I gave each outfit context–laced with trivia–from the podium.  The crowd turned into paparazzi, the girls had fun, and I … well, I was in […]

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Guest contributor J. Dianne Dotson takes us to the 2019 San Diego County Fair. This year marked my very first visit to the San Diego County Fair. I ordinarily would not sign up for long traffic lines to go to any fair, anywhere. But nostalgia crept in. I grew up close to the Appalachian Fair in […]

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Best Bill Beem moment ever? Cheering as he accepted the Oz Club’s 2019 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award last weekend in Louisiana. Since meeting Bill at a Club convention in Castle Park, Michigan, in 1981 he has never ceased to amaze me. Often because when the Club really needs help⏤any kind of help⏤he’s the one […]

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