Oz in the News 9.13.15

20150955f20b9d9bb83Everything You Need to Know about the Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest On Saturday, they’ll even try to break a Guinness World Record of largest gathering of people dressed as ”Wizard of Oz” characters. (The record stands at 1,093, in case you were wondering). To participate, visitors must be in costume full and recognizable as a character from the original story. Oz visitors will hear from Mary Ellen St. Aubin, wife of Parnell, who played a Munchkin in the original film. Roger S. Baum, great-grandson to the original ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ author L. Frank Baum will also share with the crowd.

Tinley Park serves as backdrop to Oz Fest  5 p.m. Friday, about 350 people had already followed the yellow brick road to Oz Fest. Even with the dark skies and downpours, they realized they weren’t in Kansas anymore — that it was indeed Tinley Park. Dark clouds loomed over the sky as winds blew papers from one of the vendor booths across the open grass. Other vendors ran to help, and people referenced the movie that the fest was named for: “The Wizard of Oz.” “I think there’s a tornado coming,” a woman joked with a smile.

Characters come out for Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival  Organizers of the festival had hoped to break a Guinness World Record for having the largest number of Oz characters gathered in one spot at one time. They needed to break the current record of 1,093 people dressed in costume. They had around 500. The lack of participants, however, was not the main concern in calling off the contest. Rather, it was the muddy mess Mother Nature had left behind in the field characters were to gather that prompted organizers to call it off. “They totally understood,” Odyssey Fun World General Manager Clint Paraday said of the people who came to the festival dressed in costume. “Most are thankful I’m not making them get in the mud.” Paraday said he will make another attempt to break the record at next year’s festival.

Not My Job: We Quiz Frank Oz On L. Frank Baum, Author Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’  Next question – L. Frank Baum was interested in technology. He put in some wonderful futuristic ideas in his books. In fact, he was credited with being at least among the first people to depict what? A – cellphones; B – the George Foreman grill; or C – Dippin’ Dots, the ice cream of the future.

OZ: That’s a tough one.

SAGAL: Isn’t it, though?

OZ: I’m going to go for the ice cream of the future.

SAGAL: (Laughter) No, but it would be great.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And then the scarecrow took out a little container of tiny frozen balls. No, it was cellphones in the “Tik-Tok Of Oz” book.

OZ: Really?

SAGAL: People used little devices to talk to each other. It’s very futuristic.

OZ: Wow.

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