THE “ALL THINGS OZ” EXCLUSIVE! A PREVIEW OF ILLUSTRATIONS AND TEXT-EXCERPTS FROM THE NEW GABRIEL GALE/JOHN FRICKE BOOK, “THE ART OF OZ”!

One of the introductory special features of Rizzoli’s new and gloriously illustrated book, THE ART OF OZ, is a “royal proclamation extraordinary” from Princess Ozma — and perhaps it best explains the celebratory nature of this new volume from artist Gabriel Gale. In her decree, directly addressed to Gale, Ozma “hereby and happily sanctions the […]

MGM’S “WIZARD”: IT JUST KEEPS ROLLIN ALONG!

by John Fricke One of Chittenango’s most loyal boosters — and OZ-Stravaganza! attendees — sent me an email this past Wednesday, August 25th, that simply said: “Happy WIZARD OF OZ Day!” He, like so many others on social media, was celebrating the fact that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s extraordinary movie of L. Frank Baum’s story, THE WIZARD OF […]

MISCELLANY-OZ! CELEBRATING PAST & RECENT JOYS ALONG THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

By John Fricke In recent months, these All Things Oz blogs have discussed the Ozcot Lodge in Indiana; the Ozcot home of L. Frank Baum in Hollywood; the extraordinary range of virtual guests at last month’s OZStravaganza! in Chittenango, NY; Ms. Margaret Pellegrini — that most beloved of MGMovie Munchkins; the writings of Baum and […]

THE “OTHER” OZCOT – AND THE FIRST OZ CONVENTIONS

By John Fricke A few months ago, this blog celebrated “Ozcot,” the Hollywood, California, home built for themselves by L. Frank Baum (Royal Historian of Oz) and his wife, Maud, in 1910. Other recent blogs about the Baums have referenced that property, as well. But there was another Ozcot – a small summer lodge maintained […]

OZ-STRAVAGANZA! 2021 COMES TO YOU!

By: John Fricke Last year, for the first time in forty-three years, there was no annual Chittenango OZ-Stravaganza! The glorious festival in the birthplace village of L. Frank Baum – “Royal Historian of Oz” – was initially launched in 1978 and, by 2019, had spanned five decades. In the process, OZ-Strav! triumphed over rain, snow, […]

“MISS MARGARET”

By John Fricke About six months ago, the monthly blog here was devoted to Meinhardt Raabe: “My First Munchkin.” The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Coroner” initially came into my Oz life sometime around 1980 and was the third cast member of THE WIZARD OF OZ movie I encountered in person. (I’d met Judy Garland in 1967 and Margaret […]

“OZCOT” – AT HOLLYWOOD IN CALIFORNIA

By: John Fricke If you’ve ever heard anything about L. Frank Baum’s childhood, you’re aware that – as a boy — he lived on a beautiful estate called Rose Lawn, near Syracuse, NY. Its gardens, flowers, lawns, paths, and mansion-like home made for a happy environment; here Frank wrote and printed his own small newspaper, […]