Oz in the News 6.20.14

emeraldcity_cast1Meet Dorothy and the Oz-some Residents of NBC’s Emerald City  Debuting during the 2014-15 TV season, Emerald opens with Dorothy, a 20-year-old woman desperate for clues to the identity of her biological mother, breaking into a sinister facility somewhere in the Midwest. When her mission is foiled by security, Dorothy steals a K9 police dog and speeds away… into the path of a tornado. Said twister transports her to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy — in other words, the Land of Oz in a way never seen before, a realm where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long. A horse of a different color, indeed.

Oz And Suffrage: The Connection In New York  Thousands of people come to Chittenango every year for this celebration (last week there was an addition 20,000 souls lining the streets), and—this year— it’s where the International Wizard of Oz Club decided to hold its annual meeting. Naturally, I dragged my husband across the United States to join hundreds of fellow travelers for not only a board meeting, a club convention, but also Chittenango’s OzFest where, as Oz Club officials, we got to ride in the parade and were treated like royalty. Seven miles to the west of Chittenango is another small burg: Fayetteville. It, too, is famous for its Oz connections. It is where L. Frank Baum’s mother-in-law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, grew up. Like her son-in-law, Matilda would live to have a great impact on this country.  We also have Matilda to thank for L. Frank’s greatest achievement. After her husband passed away, she spent part of the year living with L. Frank and Maud and their four sons in Aberdeen and then Chicago. It is well documented that she was L. Frank’s staunchest admirer and constantly urged him to publish the stories he told to his sons and other children.

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