Oz in the News 7.27.14


Wizard Of Oz Convention Comes To San Diego  “San Diego is rich in connections to The Wizard of Oz,” says Eric Shanower, Oz illustrator, and writer of the New York Times best-selling series of Oz graphic novels. Shanower will be making an appearance at Winkie Con 50. “L. Frank Baum fell in love with the San Diego area when he first wintered in Coronado in 1904. In one book of his Aunt Jane’s Nieces series he has the girls vacation at the Hotel Del Coronado. In one of his Flying Girl books he celebrates San Diego’s early aviation history. And three of his fantasy novels begin in La Jolla, including one of the Oz books.” To highlight Baum’s Coronado connection, Winkie Con has teamed-up with the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission to develop a week-long Oz festival in Coronado, August 1-7, that will lead up to Winkie Con 50.

Habitat for Humanity sponsors Wizard of Oz-themed event  On Aug. 2, people can model their ruby slippers, create a Munchkinland and see Tin Man look-alikes. This event, “There’s No Place like Home,” is a fundraiser for Cañon City’s Habitat for Humanity. Jenny Vincent, director of CCHFH, said Warner Bros. teamed up with Habitat at a national level to help support the organization and to recognize Wizard of Oz’s 75th anniversary. “The head of marketing at Warner Bros. and I have been emailing … (Warner Bros.) thought it was a great idea and want to see pictures and everything from the event,” Vincent said. “They designed the shirts that we have on order.”

Lions and tigers and… CEOs? ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as leadership guide  The little black Cairn terrier who rose to doggy-fame from MGM’s 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” (which was based on the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum) is arguably the most famous canine in movie history. Toto’s character (played by a female dog, believe it or not) might even be more important than some give him credit for. Kevin Fickenscher, medical executive and now business author, sure thinks so. Fickenscher, in his book Toto’s Reflections: Leadership Lessons from the Wizard of Oz, suggests that the greatest leader in the Land of Oz wasn’t the wizard. And it wasn’t Dorothy or Glinda, either.




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