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 18, 2019 80 YEARS AGO: MAKING MAGIC . . . 80 YEARS LATER: STILL BREAKING RECORDS! 80 YEARS AGO: MAKING MAGIC . . . 80 YEARS LATER: STILL BREAKING RECORDS!   [Above:  Despite the comparatively small amount of surviving MGM Studios paperwork, it seems likely that this photograph was taken exactly eighty years ago this coming week. It marked the... Jan 23, 2019 The Oz calendar for February offers an amazing variety of events! The Oz calendar for February offers an amazing variety of events! All month long the Joliet (Illinois) Public Library's Great Read celebrates The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with events, classes, and exhibits ending with a gala. Details on their website. Feb 1-10 in... Jan 18, 2019 2019: THAT WONDERFUL, OZZY YEAR! 2019: THAT WONDERFUL, OZZY YEAR! [Above: Among other joyous proceedings, 2019 marks yet another milestone for what was recently declared – out of 47,000 titles -- “the most influential film ever made.”]   Are you... Dec 21, 2018 SANTA COMES TO OZ! SANTA COMES TO OZ! [Why is Santa Claus encased in a giant bubble – as the Wizard of Oz himself doffs his hat in acknowledgment? Read all about it below, in this month’s holiday... Nov 30, 2018 Oz Magic for the Holidays Oz Magic for the Holidays   Did you know Santa Claus has Oz connections?  Oz author L. Frank Baum wrote about him in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902), and included Santa among the guests... Nov 16, 2018 ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE . . . OF CURIOZITIES! ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE . . . OF CURIOZITIES! Most importantly, the unvarying, rapt involvement and sheer joy of every audience was proof positive – then and ever since – of the very unique and powerful Magic of Oz! Oct 25, 2018 Fall into Oz fun Fall into Oz fun The 2018 Oz festival season is over, but there are a couple of last-minute events for fans. Oct 19, 2018 HAPPY . . . EVERYTHING! 😊 HAPPY . . . EVERYTHING! 😊 There are a couple of reasons for this month’s diverse -- and all-over-the-map-of-Oz -- dissemination, and the primary one is quite simple: There’s a LOT going on!  Sep 28, 2018 Unique Oz Events for October Unique Oz Events for October This Oct. 6, come fill your day with Oz theme activities, participate in the costume contest, and meet Oz characters, special guest authors and Oz collectors at OZtoberFest. Sep 21, 2018 TOTOS & MONKEYS & OZ – FOR SURE! TOTOS & MONKEYS & OZ – FOR SURE! It’s OZtoberFest Time! -- and Wamego, KS, has pretty much finalized its exciting plans for events covering Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th.

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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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