Oz in the News 5.27.15

4a0e63815a9d5b238527d4fee564db07_originalAmerican Bibliodeck, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Edition  American Bibliodeck, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Edition brings L. Frank Baum’s classic tale of a young girl, road trips, weird friends, scary monsters, and political assassination into your game room. We love playing card games. Our parents love playing card games. Our comic-book-drawing friends love playing card games. It’s time we did something about it. With our new Bibliodeck series, we want to take the same passion and artistry that fueled the ambitious Shadow of Oz Tarot we created last year, and use them to fire something simpler, more affordable, more accessible, and arguably easier to hold. In this edition, your favorite characters from the book appear in each suit: Dorothy and her companions, The Wizard and his allies, and, of course, the Wicked Witch. Full color, with Jokers, this will be a beautiful deck to own, share, and play some really wicked cribbage.

Are Judy Garland’s Stolen Ruby Slippers Shimmering in Mine Pit? Witness search at 40th ‘Wizard of Oz’ Festival June 10-13  Are Judy Garland’s ruby slippers in nearby mine pit following a Museum heist? Witness an underwater search for the iconic red shoes and dozens of events planned for the 40th Annual “Wizard of Oz” Festival June 10-13 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota (not Michigan)!  Scuba divers for the Judy Garland Museum will take a plunge into the Tioga Mine Pit June 11, and June 12 at 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. to explore decade-old rumors a pair of authentic ruby slippers – worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy – were discarded there after a brazen 2005 heist. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Dive Team will go to great depths in its search for the iconic red shoes following a famous theft that remains unsolved. “These rumors have been floating around since it happened,” says Jonny Miner, one of the founders of the popular museum which includes Judy Garland’s childhood home, “and we’re finally putting them to the ultimate test.”

8 Things You May Not Know About “The Wizard of Oz”  L. Frank Baum was 44 when “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was published and by then he’d tried his hand at a variety of jobs. As a young man in upstate New York, he bred prize-winning chickens, published a trade journal about poultry and was as an actor and playwright. One of his plays, “The Maid of Arran,” toured a number of U.S. cities in the early 1880s, with Baum in a leading role. However, following some shady dealings by his bookkeeper, plus a fire that destroyed a theater owned by Baum, he tabled his show-business dreams and went to work as a salesman for a company that made lubricating oil. By the early 1890s, he’d moved to Chicago and was employed as a traveling salesman for a glassware firm. While away from home, he invented stories to tell his four sons, and when his mother-in-law heard some of these tales she encouraged him to try to publish them. The result was Baum’s first children’s book, “Mother Goose in Prose,” which failed to sell well when released in 1897. Meanwhile, Baum had grown tired of life as a traveling salesman and founded a well-received trade magazine about window trimming (he got the idea after observing poorly organized store-window displays during his time on the road). In 1899, he published his second work for children, “Father Goose, His Book.” An unexpected best-seller, it got his literary career rolling and helped generate interest in “Oz,” which he was already working on.

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