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."