Oz in the News 5.11.16

1‘Wizard of Oz’ fan event to return after 42 years It’s been more than 40 years since “Wizard of Oz” fans from Louisiana came together to celebrate their love for all things Oz. Dedicated fans from states including Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri will convene Saturday at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma, starting at 10 a.m. for Oz Con South. Various “Wizard of Oz” dolls, books and other memorabilia from Oz movies and stage productions from 1902 to the present will be on display. Houma native David Diket owns the items that will be on display at the library. Diket has been collecting Oz items for many years, not just because of his love for the 1939 musical film adaptation but because of his love for L. Frank Baum’s series of books set in Oz. “Most people know (“Wizard of Oz”) as an MGM movie but there’s so much more to it than Judy Garland,” he said. As a child, Diket and his family certainly watched the Judy Garland-helmed musical. But when his grandma introduced him to Baum’s first Oz books, he really became attached to the world of Oz. “I latched onto it then, and haven’t let go since,” he said. The avid Oz fan also attributes his love for the “Wizard of Oz” to his keen interest in history. “When I was a kid, I was interested in preserving history,” he said. “I’ve always had a knack for preserving old things.” And now, a portion of his over 200-piece Oz collection will take part in the first Oz Con since the mid 70s.

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