About the Author

 
John Fricke, OZ Historian

John Fricke
OZ Historian

 
 

John Fricke is a notable OZ historian and author of Judy: A Legendary Film Career; The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History; Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer; Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote; 100 Years of Oz; and (with Jonathan Shirshekan) The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic. An Emmy Award-winning producer and Grammy Award nominee, he makes his home in New York City.

 

- Biography courtesy of The Wonderful World of OZ.

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Dec 30, 2016 The Place Where Childhood Memories Come to Life . . . The Place Where Childhood Memories Come to Life . . . Plan a Trip to the Place Where Childhood Memories Come to Life.   If you’re a fan of The Wizard of Oz, you’ll get your thrills in Wamego, KS! As... Dec 16, 2016 THE HISTORY OF HER LIFE IS IN HER SONGS…. CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ THE HISTORY OF HER LIFE IS IN HER SONGS…. CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ Wamego#78 Dec 16, 2016   THE HISTORY OF HER LIFE IS IN HER SONGS…. CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ       [Above: Ruby Rakos (center left) as Judy Garland,... Nov 18, 2016 A Record-Breaking OZTOBERFEST 2016! A Record-Breaking OZTOBERFEST 2016! Wamego #77 Nov 18, 2016 Greetings from Wamego, Kansas -- the Land of The OZ Museum! Long-time readers may remember that a sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-weekly John Fricke “blog” has... Aug 12, 2016 WAMEGO’S OZTOBERFEST (OCT. 1 & 2) OFFERS “THE COWARDLY LION’S DAUGHTER”… Wamego # 76 August 12, 2016 WAMEGO’S OZTOBERFEST (OCT. 1 & 2) OFFERS “THE COWARDLY LION’S DAUGHTER”… PLUS: SPECIAL GUESTS, AN OZ “MURDER MYSTERY,” AND A WIDE RANGE OF BOTH... Jul 08, 2016 THE ROAD(TRIPS) TO OZ – OR: WARMING UP FOR WAMEGO! THE ROAD(TRIPS) TO OZ – OR: WARMING UP FOR WAMEGO! Wamego #75 July 8, 2016 THE ROAD(TRIPS) TO OZ – OR: WARMING UP FOR WAMEGO! [Above left: The new Judy Garland stage musical, CHASING RAINBOWS, recounts the early years and... Jun 24, 2016 THE WIND BEGAN TO SWITCH – OR: WHY SHOULD JIM CANTORE HAVE ALL THE FUN? THE WIND BEGAN TO SWITCH – OR: WHY SHOULD JIM CANTORE HAVE ALL THE FUN? Wamego #74 June 24, 2016 THE WIND BEGAN TO SWITCH – OR: WHY SHOULD JIM CANTORE HAVE ALL THE FUN?   [Above: What is arguably the most famous canvas cone... Jun 03, 2016 MEET ME IN ST. LOU-OZ!: ANOTHER OP’NIN! AN OZZY SHOW! MEET ME IN ST. LOU-OZ!:                                                                                                                                       ANOTHER OP’NIN! AN OZZY SHOW! Wamego #73 June 3, 2016 MEET ME IN ST. LOU-OZ!: ANOTHER OP’NIN! AN OZZY SHOW!   [Above: That vast expanse shows the spread of the stage and a portion of... May 27, 2016 METRO-GOLDWYN-MONKEYS: I COULD GO ON FLYING! METRO-GOLDWYN-MONKEYS: I COULD GO ON FLYING! Wamego #72 May 27, 2016 METRO-GOLDWYN-MONKEYS: I COULD GO ON FLYING!     [Above: Director Victor Fleming (right) stands mid-soundstage on the “Haunted Forest” set at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during filming of... May 06, 2016 DON’T CALL ME SHIRLEY! (CALL ME TIP -- OR OZMA!) DON’T CALL ME SHIRLEY! (CALL ME TIP -- OR OZMA!) Wamego #71 May 6, 2016   DON’T CALL ME SHIRLEY! (CALL ME TIP -- OR OZMA!)  [Above: A quartet of glowing images from NBC-TV’s 1960 production of THE LAND OF... Apr 22, 2016 SCARCELY A HAPPY NEW YEAR (AND ARE WE PAVING A PATIO IN POMONA?) SCARCELY A HAPPY NEW YEAR (AND ARE WE PAVING A PATIO IN POMONA?) Wamego #70 April 22, 2016 SCARCELY A HAPPY NEW YEAR (AND ARE WE PAVING A PATIO IN POMONA?)         [Above left: “That’s all that’s left of The Wicked...

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About the Author

 
John Fricke, OZ Historian

John Fricke
OZ Historian

 
 

John Fricke is a notable OZ historian and author of Judy: A Legendary Film Career; The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History; Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer; Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote; 100 Years of Oz; and (with Jonathan Shirshekan) The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic. An Emmy Award-winning producer and Grammy Award nominee, he makes his home in New York City.

 

- Biography courtesy of The Wonderful World of OZ.

 

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