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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Feb 17, 2017 NORMAN’S DOROTHY – OR: A GARLAND FOR ROCKWELL…. NORMAN’S DOROTHY – OR: A GARLAND FOR ROCKWELL…. Wamego #80 February 17, 2017 [Above:  Some forty-seven years ago, the legendary Norman Rockwell was commissioned by The Singer Company to paint this portrait of Judy Garland and Terry as... Jan 23, 2017 Valentine’s Day Will Never Be Practical Until It Can Be Made Eventful. Valentine’s Day Will Never Be Practical Until It Can Be Made Eventful. Here at OZ, love is most definitely in the air, and we can’t help but think of how lucky we are to live in a world where there is The... Jan 20, 2017 AT LEAST NBC GOT IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME: THE 1933-34 OZ RADIO SHOW! AT LEAST NBC GOT IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME:  THE 1933-34 OZ RADIO SHOW! Wamego #79  Jan 20, 2017   [Above: Original John R. Neill illustrations of the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman were adapted for these Jell-O advertisements and served as promotional tie-ins... 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...

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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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