The President’s Corner

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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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This week I have been sending letters to all the Oz Club’s supporters expressing our thanks for their 2017 contributions. As a not-for-profit educational organization, we are responsible for acknowledging donations, and for getting them mailed this month. Those who itemize deductions on their income taxes can use these letters as receipts. So your generosity […]

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Riddle me this, fellow collectors:  What book weighs 60 pounds and has 48 color plates?  Give up?  Bibliographia Baumiana!  OK, so actually it’s just printed on 60-pound stock, but at more than 400 pages this marvelous new book-collector’s guide does have some serious heft.  Described by the authors as covering “every known printing of every [Baum] book submitted […]

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Are you – or do you know – a student who creates Oz art?  Our 2018 Baum Bugle editor-in-chief, Sarah Crotzer, has launched a contest to find fresh, new interpretations of Oz characters.  Her goal is to enliven the pages of future Club publications by incorporating emerging artists’ modern, diverse work with the classic illustrations […]

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