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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

To OZ!

L. Frank Baum
From Hollywood to Broadway and into the hearts of children both young and old...

Today is the birthday of L Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum never graduated school or lived in Kansas. He was father to 4 boys. He worked numerous jobs; including actor, salesman, and raising fancy chickens before writing his uniquely American fairy tale at age 40. His partnership with illustrator, W W Denslow, proved to be a winning combination. 13 more Oz books followed with artwork by John R Neill.

"And if I am to do any good in this world my highest ambition will be to make children happy."