Oz in the News 9.17.15

BEVERLY HILLS , CA - OCTOBER 19: Original munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz," (L-R) Mickey Carroll, Myrna Swenson, Clarence Swenson, Meinhardt Raabe, Karl Slover and Margaret Pellegrini, arrive for a gala screening marking the movie classic's 50th anniversary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theatre October 19, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS , CA – OCTOBER 19: Original munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz,” (L-R) Mickey Carroll, Myrna Swenson, Clarence Swenson, Meinhardt Raabe, Karl Slover and Margaret Pellegrini, arrive for a gala screening marking the movie classic’s 50th anniversary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theatre October 19, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

“There’s No Place Like Bethesda:” Meinhardt Raabe’s Legacy to Disabled Adults  At first blush, The Wizard of Oz and Bethesda Lutheran Communities wouldn’t seem to have much in common.  One is a beloved, classic movie; the other is an organization that supports developmentally disabled adults.  But what they do have in common is Meinhardt Raabe. Raabe was the diminutive actor who – at the time of his death in 2010 – was the last surviving actor from the Wizard of Oz.  And like Bethesda, he was a native of Watertown, Wisconsin.  More recently, his estate donated a million dollars to Bethesda.  And in return, the organization is throwing a Meinhardt Raabe-themed celebration tomorrow.  Mike Thirtle is the President and CEO at Bethesda, and he told the story of the beloved actor and his legacy fighting against discrimination.

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