Oz in the News 6.14.15

90Internet beckons crime to Land of Oz; Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road  It’s highway robbery in the Land of Oz. Drawn by websites and Facebook pages specializing in spooky, abandoned places, vandals and thieves are stealing artifacts from the old Land of Oz theme park – particularly bricks from its signature Yellow Brick Road. “It’s probably the most sought-after relic we have,” says Cindy Keller, caretaker, keeper and militant defender of the mountain-top attraction that closed 35 years ago. Land of Oz is falling prey to an Internet fad called “urbex” for urban exploration. Adventurers seek out deserted places and post eerie pictures of their expeditions on sites specializing in what is called “ruin porn.”

After 115 Years, The ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Is Still Magical Today, we’re taking a trip to Oz with author Rebecca Loncraine. Her book The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum details the experiences of Oz’s creator in such a way that you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled to another world, much like Dorothy did in that first book of Baum’s.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: ‘Wizard of Oz’ author had varied career  He wrote 13 novels and countless other works, but didn’t always use his real name. In fact, Lyman Frank Baum despised his first name and finally ended up as L. Frank Baum. Baum was born and died in the month of May, born on May 15, 1856, in Chittenango, New York, and died on May 6, 1919. His parents were Benjamin and Cynthia Ann Baum. To tell the truth, he wasn’t always a writer. He’d been an actor, screenwriter, producer, salesman and newspaper editor.

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