Oz in the News 6.19.14

53a3388bd72f6.imageWorld record book breaker!  The word is out; the Judy Garland Museum successfully gathered enough people to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz” at this year’s festival celebrating the 75th anniversary of the famous film. The previous record of 446 at Mile Oak Primary School in the UK was smashed last Friday by a count of 1,150 on the lawn of Evergreen Terrace, neighboring the museum.  Sharon Marty-Rasmussen said that she was excited to see so many “Wizard of Oz” costumes come out of storage for the event. The Grand Rapids Players performed a production of “The Wizard of Oz” in 1989 for the 50th anniversary of the film. “It was very heart-warming to see them come out of storage. It’s been a long time since we’ve done ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and we didn’t have any use for them, but I wasn’t willing to part with them,” said Marty-Rasmussen. “It was really fun to pull [the costumes] out and rehash the memories that went with them.”

Yellow brick road travels through Ionia as Wizard of Oz Festival comes to town  A movie for 25 cents? The Ionia Downtown Development Authority is taking the town back in time Friday through Sunday, June 20-22, with the Wizard of Oz Festival to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film “The Wizard of Oz.”  As part of its Summer in the City celebration, Main Street will be transformed into the famous yellow brick road as arts and crafts, antiques, and collectible memorabilia vendors line the street to offer their goods. At 1:30 p.m. Friday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held with special guest Mary Ellen St. Aubin, the wife of the late Parnell St. Aubin, who played a Munchkin soldier in the film, in attendance.

Original movie posters for Dr No, The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca set to go under the hammer  Christie’s are holding an online auction featuring an eclectic array of famous movie posters spanning from 1914 to 2013.
The classic fantasy film The Wizard of Oz poster is expected to fetch £9,000.

Ford UNminivan cruises up Yellow Brick Road to find Wizard of Oz  To promote the car, Morales and Maya Murillo, both video bloggers, are taking a road trip around Kansas. The #UNminivan itself started its journey in Michigan and was driven down to Denver, which is where Morales flew in from California and Murillo from Arizona. The two women started their road trip to Kansas from there. Their first stop was Burlington, and then they headed to Liberal’s Land of Oz. “I think our whole goal for this trip was to pick out the beauty of Kansas and the Yellow Brick Road and make it our own,” Murillo said. “The #UNminivan is really about showing your quirky side and your creativity and originality.” They named the bright red #UNminivan Toto in honor of Liberal and its tribute to “The Wizard of Oz.”

Jersey Jack Pinball Publishes 380-Page Wizard Of Oz Manual OnlineJersey Jack Pinball reports that it has completed a comprehensive Wizard of Oz Operations Manual, and is making it available for download. The full-color manual includes instructions for game setup, testing and adjustment, along with parts information, reference diagrams and schematics, as well as advice on service and troubleshooting the game. The appendices include six pages of four-color game pricing cards, nine styles per page, for three- and five-ball games at 75¢, $1 and free play. Created by the company’s E.E. (Butch) Peel, the manual took nearly two years to compile as the game was being designed. In its final form, the PDF volume contains more than 1,200 hyperlinks for easy navigation through its 380 pages.

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