John Fricke is regarded as the preeminent Judy Garland and MGM Wizard of Oz historian, and he has written seven books on those topics. He’s the recipient of Emmy Awards as co-producer of the PBS American Masters and A&E Biography Garland documentaries and was a Grammy Award nominee for his liner notes for the Capitol CD Judy Garland: 25th Anniversary Retrospective.
John has appeared as a programmer and co-host on the Turner Classic Movies network and at their Los Angeles Film Festival. He’s been interviewed on The Today Show, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, The Joan Rivers Show, NPR, and Sirius Satellite Radio, among many other outlets. John has lectured everywhere from MOMA in New York City and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles to the Deauville Film Festival in France and has recorded the commentary tracks for the DVDs of seven Garland movies, including The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Easter Parade. He regularly emcees the four national Oz festivals and has been associated as an Oz spokesman/historian with the Smithsonian Institution, Warner Bros., MGM, Turner Entertainment, the New York Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the Paley Center.
John joined the IWOC at age eleven in 1962 and since has served as Club president, vice-president, and board member as well as editor-in-chief, contributing editor, and staff writer for The Baum Bugle.