“The Wizard of Oz” used to be an annual television event The Sunday, April 8, 1973, television listing in the Daily Republic featured a large black and white photo of the main cast along with a story that described scenes from the film including one featuring “fantastic fields with giant flowers which move like humans.” Uh, what? It’s like they asked the one person who had never actually seen the film to describe it. Probably the most famous description for a TV listing was written in 1998 by Rick Polito: “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.” It went viral. Last Sunday night while thinking about writing this column, I turned on the TV and lo and behold “The Wizard of Oz” was showing on TBS.
While I look back fondly on those days of watching the movie as an in-the-moment event, this is 2015 and I now only endure commercials voluntarily during live sporting events. I recorded it on my DVR, watched it later and thoroughly enjoyed it. Afterwards I didn’t skip down the sidewalk singing “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” but part of me wanted to.
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