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Encyclopedia > The International Wizard of Oz Club

The International Wizard of Oz Club, Inc., was founded in 1957 by Justin G. Schiller, then a thirteen-year-old. The fourteen charter members, some of whom continue to make valuable contributions to the club, were garnered from the mailing list of the late Jack Snow, with whom Schiller and the others had discussed the work of L. Frank Baum. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jack Snow (1907 – July 13, 1956) was a radio writer, as well as a scholar of the works L. Frank Baum. ... Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, and the creator with illustrator W. W. Denslow of one of the most popular books ever written in American childrens literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ...


The organization today has hundreds of members from all over the world, from children learning to read with the Oz books to adults who were around when the books were still being published annually, from ardent Baum purists to those primarily interested in the MGM movie. The Oz books are a series of books, which begin with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and deal with the history of the Land of Oz. ... For the novel, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; For other senses of this title, see The Wizard of Oz. ...


The club's major publication, The Baum Bugle, began with Schiller duplicating issues on his parents' mimeograph machine. It is now published three times a year and has been recognized as a scholarly journal by the Modern Language Association since 1983. It has reached 144 issues as of Winter 2005, and its issues have doubled in size within the past ten years. Academic publishing describes a system of publishing that is necessary in order for academic scholars to review work and make it available for a wider audience. ... The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Fifth Edition The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) is the principal professional association in the United States for scholars of literature and literary criticism. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Oz Club members typically organize three major conventions a year in the United States (Munchkin (east), Winkie (west), and Ozmopolitan (central). There are also smaller gatherings, most frequently South Winkie (known briefly as "Yips" but rejected after one convention under that name), Quadling, and Gillikin or Ozcanabans. The last group met in the banquet hall of a restaurant in Escanaba, Michigan, home of Fred M. Meyer, a founding member who served for decades as the club's secretary. Meyer also mailed out an annual Christmas card to all members each year, often with ideas for new Oz books, until his health put him at emeritus status that lasted to the end of his life. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004. ... Munchkin Country (or Munchkinland in the 1939 film and its imitators) is a region in the fictional Land of Oz in L. Frank Baums Oz books, first described in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ... The Winkie Country is a division of the fictional Land of Oz. ... People who inhabit a mesa in the far southwest corner of the Winkie Country located in the Land of Oz. ... Escanaba [es-kuh-nah-buh] is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the states Upper Peninsula. ... Emeritus (IPA pronunciation: or ) is an adjective that is used in the title of a retired professor, bishop or other professional. ...


Notable members of the club past and present have included Ray Bradbury, Martha Coolidge, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, Margaret Hamilton, Michael Patrick Hearn, Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Bronson Pinchot (who organized conventions in the 1970s), Edward Wagenknecht, and Meinhardt Raabe. Frank Joslyn Baum was appointed the club's first president. Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... Martha Coolidge (born August 17, 1946) is a U.S. film director. ... Margaret Hamilton could also refer to a local politician in the United Kingdom. ... Michael Patrick Hearn is an American literary scholar and one of Americas leading men of letters specializing in childrens literature and its illustration. ... Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915 - November 30, 2000) was an author of childrens books. ... Bronson Pinchot (right) as Balki with Mark Linn-Baker as Larry on Perfect Strangers. ... Edward (Charles) Wagenknecht (March 28, 1900 - May 24, 2004) was a U.S. literary critic and teacher, who specialized in 19th century American literature. ... Meinhardt Raabe (IMDB:nm0704638), (born in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, 1915-09-02) is the oldest surviving Munchkin-actor from The Wizard of Oz. ... Frank Joslyn Baum was a lawyer, soldier, writer, and film producer, though his attempts to continue the legacy of his father brought him lawsuit and estrangement from his family. ...


The club has published many of Baum's rarer books, including Animal Fairy Tales, Aunt Jane's Nieces, and Twinkle and Chubbins. It published two Oz books by Ruth Plumly Thompson and one each by Rachel Cosgrove and the team of Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren Lynn McGraw. In 2000, it put out its first new Oz book not linked to the original series: Gina Wickwar's The Hidden Prince of Oz, with illustrations by Anna-Maria Cool. Ruth Plumly Thompson (1891-1976) was an American writer of childrens stories. ... Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915 - November 30, 2000) was an author of childrens books. ...


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