The President’s Corner

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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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Reading copies of Oz books, particularly newer reprints, tend to stack up around me. I can’t pass them up when they’re just a few bucks at an estate sale, bundled in an auction “lot,” or gifted to me by people who don’t know what else to do with them.  Does that happen to you, too? […]

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The exhibit of Charlie Santore’s work currently on display at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia is wonderful! I would encourage any Oz fans who can to see it. I flew out for the weekend to hear Michael Patrick Hearn’s presentation, “Toto, I’ve Got a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, the Pictorial Legacy of Oz.”  He […]

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Wizard of Oz stained glass by Century Studios (IWOC members Bill Campbell and Irwin Terry) is featured in the second Club display at the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. Character panels, a rare wall mirror, bookends, and two character ornaments are included. Most is from my collection, but Robin Olderman’s daughters loaned the Ozma mirror, […]

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Today an Oz treasure arrived to make its new home in my collection. But it wouldn’t have happened without Oz friends. I often explain to people that one of the great benefits I’ve experienced as an Oz Club member is the chance to network with other collectors. My collection absolutely would not be the same if […]

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A good forty-five years ago, long before The Wiz, Wicked, and Straight Outta Oz, the Oz Club’s own Dick Martin announced that the Baum Bugle should cease publication because there simply couldn’t be anything more to write about.  Amusing fellow, our Dick. Not only has more and more been discovered about the early years of […]

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Oz Club members David and Karen Diket are hosting the third annual Oz on the Bayou event for fans Feb. 15-16 in Gray, Louisiana. Timed to follow on the heels of both Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, your New Orleans adventure offers a Thursday/Friday event serving up Oz fun with a Tin Woodman theme. The […]

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