The President’s Corner

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2017 support acknowledgement letters are mailing now.
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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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BibBaum1
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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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Student artists: enter your Oz character designs in our contest.
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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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17holmail
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Get your holiday mailing?  After the year it was so wildly mishandled by a fulfillment center that some members wound up getting their’s in February, I have to ask. You’ll find a letter from me, a holiday card with delightfully Ozzy artwork by Darrell Colt Spradlyn, a flier about OzCon International 2018 where the Club’s […]

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2018 Oz, A Toy Collector's Dream
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It’s always a great day for me to mail the Oz Club calendar.  I’m anxious for people to like it, but it’s also a heavy workload. Happy to do it; glad when it’s done. What’s in a year?  A day?  The birthday of Andre de Shields, the Wiz in “The Wiz” should be celebrated. Ditto […]

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IMG_3871
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My very first blog was about an exhibit I provided on behalf of the Oz Club to the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas.  Imagine how pleased I am to report that my good friend and fellow Oz Club member Blair Frodelius has now set up an exhibit on behalf of the Oz Club at All Things […]

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Oziana2017
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Oziana 2017 has arrived in my mail. What a pleasure!  Reading the new Oz stories written and illustrated by Oz Club members has been an annual tradition for me since I first joined the Club in 1971. That was also the first year we published Oziana.  A high school student, Gary Ralph, edited that first issue. As […]

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WmBeem
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Oz Club email….  Word of new Oz productions, Oz research and Oz products regularly arrive. But tucked in with those predictable notes are others. Notes from descendants of contributors to Oz history, questions about early members, and requests to help identify Oz ephemera come to mind. One recent email made me a new friend (Hi, Cindy!) […]

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Shanice Williams -- a delightful Dorothy!
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The Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas, opened its doors Oct. 7 for a wonderful weekend of Oz.  Perfect weather and family-friendly programming attracted the crowds for a truly unforgettable time. For the second year, author Paul Schneider and I were able to spend two days leading up to the event speaking about Oz in area […]

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