The President’s Corner

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This Saturday, May 23, fans can experience a new kind of Oz event from the safety of home. Yaymaker Events invited film critic and Oz historian Ryan Jay to interview Oz celebrities in the first-ever virtual Oz convention. He soon assembled a star-studded cast to take fans behind the stage, screen, and page of some […]

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All over social media, I see Oz fans using Oz fabrics to sew face masks. Friends who are comfortable on camera perform live, sometimes daily. Facebook communities offer questions for members to answer, games to play, and productions to watch in virtual parties. The Club did our bit with daily chapter readings of The Wonderful […]

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Today I emailed our 2019 members a link to the Winter 2019 issue of The Baum Bugle online. We’ve never done anything like this before. We’ve never even emailed all our members before! But we are living in challenging times. No, we are not replacing the printed Bugle with a digital version, but we can’t […]

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Today (March 20) the Oz Club rolls out a series of on-camera readings that take you through The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The chapter-a-day project can be found on the Oz Club’s Youtube channel and on our public Facebook page.  The idea was Dina Massachi’s, who is teaching from home during the coronavirus shutdown. When […]

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This year Americans celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution.  In case you didn’t know, Oz fans have a particular reason to celebrate this centennial. Oz author L. Frank Baum’s wife Maud was the daughter of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a prominent leader in the Suffrage movement. Toward the end of her life, […]

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In 1939 the state publishing house Detgiz in Moscow published a new children’s book. International copyright law was not recognized by the Soviet Union so Volshebnik izumrudnogo goroda (The Wizard of the Emerald City), by mathematics teacher Aleksandr Malentyevich Volkov (1891-1977), appeared under Volkov’s name with no mention of L. Frank Baum.  More than a […]

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The Autumn 2019 issue of the Baum Bugle is bursting with Baum. A celebration of the writer’s legacy, L. Frank Baum “crossed the shifting sands” in 1919. This issue of our Club’s journal looks at different aspects of his legacy 100 years later. From a review of the news stories and obituaries that marked the […]

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Our holiday mailing, sent to member homes in November, included a membership renewal form for 2020.  We’re already off to a great start with nearly a third of our 2019 members welcomed back for 2020. We hope you’ll add your renewal to the momentum and send the form with payment to our assistant membership secretary […]

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If ever there was an exhibit I wish could last forever, it would be the one that brought Oz to El Segundo, California, for the summer of 2019.  Just minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport, the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA), installation showcased original Oz illustration between five original Aiseborn and Copyison murals. […]

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