Hello Oz friends,
I am happy to report that the Autumn 2011 issue of The Baum Bugle went to press last week, and we anticipate that issue should being mailed (beginning with first class to contributing members, and then by third class to regular members) sometime towards the end of September or early October. This is the second issue to accompany 2011 Oz Club memberships, so is only mailed to those who have renewed or joined for 2011. Renewal forms were mailed to 2010 members last December and were included as an insert with the Winter issue; memberships also can be renewed online at http://shop.ozclub.org.
The Autumn issue features articles celebrating the centennial of Baum’s “borderland of Oz” novel, The Sea Fairies, and exploring themes in his twelfth Oz book, The Tin Woodman of Oz. Semi-regular features and departments present an interesting short story by Ruth Plumly Thompson, a profile of an Oz museum, vintage publicity materials from the 1939 MGM Oz film, reviews of several new Oz books and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage version of Oz, a report on a memorial for Toto, and remembrances of Oz friends departed.
My thanks go to associate editors Angelica Carpenter, John Fricke, Atticus Gannaway, Peter Hanff, Randy Hercey, Marcus Mébès, and Gina Wickwar for their invaluable assistance and expert advice, and to Shirley Echols and Joel Harris for their work to get the issue out to members. Submissions--large and small--to this issue came from Alan Wise, Alejandro Garcia, Anna-Maria Cool, Blair Frodelius, Carrie Hedges, Cindy Ragni, David Maxine, Dee Michel, Dr. Richard Rutter, Garry Parrett, Jane Albright, Jeanette Roycraft, John Bell, Joseph Bongiorno, Karen Owens, Michael O’Connor, Michael Patrick Hearn, Richard Tuerk, Robert Baum, Ruth Berman, Sharon Ray, Steve Goldstein, and Thea Kliros. Thank you all for your contributions!
Work on the Winter 2011 issue of the Baum Bugle is well underway, with the main feature being a celebration of fifty years of Oz Club conventions (with a stunning cover image from Marcus Mébès!). As always, we always welcome new ideas and contributions for future issues.
With Ozzy cheer,