Friday, September 20th, 2013

L. Frank Baum: Writing on The Walls


L. Frank Baum

“There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” – from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Legend has it that when Baum would wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, he would proceed to write them on the wallpaper – which in turn infuriated his wife Maud who had to keep changing the wallpaper.

Did you know that Baum’s works (59 books, 83 short stories, over 200 poems…) anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work)?  – Per Wiki

Inspiration for this post came from my watching “The Origins of Oz” which can be viewed for free in it’s entirety on the Smithsonian channel.

One more piece of trivia for today: The 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” has been seen more times by more people than any other movie in history. Have you seen it?

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