Big news today, doll lovers! Miss Nancy, Convention Coordinator Extraordinaire, has announced a very special guest at this year’s May Convention in Lombard, IL: Mr. John Fricke, famed Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland Historian.
Mr. Fricke will be giving a seminar (free to all registered attendees – Register NOW and join us!) called
OVER THE RAINBOW!
An Illustrated “Tour” of the Making of MGM’s Wonderful The Wizard of Oz
– Now Celebrating its 75th Anniversary! –
Your guide is John Fricke, the world’s preeminent Oz and Judy Garland historian. His seven books on those topics have sold more than a quarter-million copies. He’s the recipient of two television Emmy Awards as co-producer and co-writer of Garland documentaries for PBS and the A&E cable network, and a Grammy nominee for his liner notes for Capitol’s 25th Anniversary Garland retrospective on CD.
John has served as producer and spokesman for MGM, Turner Entertainment, and Warner Bros. for their Oz and Garland home video projects. In 2002, he co-hosted Judy’s 90th birthday telecasts on Turner Classic Movies with Robert Osborne; just last month, he was a special presenter at the annual TCM film festival in Hollywood. John also appears in the new documentary about The Making of The Wizard of Oz, included in the Oz 75th anniversary DVD sets and now in stores. He delivers the commentary track on that Oz DVD, as well as on seven other Garland DVD releases.
The latest Fricke book, The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic, was published in November, in conjunction with the exhibition of that title at The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. The book contains over three hundred illustrations drawn from more than 50,000 items in the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection — the largest in the world.
But, a pop culture historian put it best — and most simply — a few years ago when he wrote,
“Fricke is to Oz what Baskin is to Robbins.”
John’s presentation for Tonner goes behind-the-camera and behind-the-scenes, showing the amazing (and often bizarre) costume, make-up, and casting process that almost inconceivably led to the motion picture that’s been seen by more people than any other in history.
Ohmygosh – how incredibly fascinating! We cannot wait for convention, and Mr. Fricke is among the many reasons why! It sounds like we’ll see Oz in a whole new way. This guy knows his stuff and if you love the Wizard of Oz as much as we do, you do not want to miss this event! Just follow the yellow brick road…straight to Lombard, IL this coming May!
It has also been revealed that there will be two very special, highly limited Wizard of Oz dolls that you’ll have the opportunity to see and purchase if you’re in attendance…
Convention spots are rapidly disappearing, so do register before it’s too late!
Sounds like you better register to join us, if you haven’t already!