In honor of Halloween and the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” movie this year, The Star is inviting readers to make Kansas the setting of a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz.” Come in costume to Legends Outlets at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. The record to break: 1,093.
He sold axle grease, fine china and prize-winning chickens, made and lost fortunes and changed the course of children’s literature. For L. Frank Baum, life was almost as much of a whirlwind as the cyclone in his best-seller, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
We’ve churned up a whirlwind of coverage to commemorate “The Wizard of Oz” movie’s 75th anniversary in August: an “Oz” story a day (sometimes two), all month. Click on the links below to be transported over the rainbow.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
It’s too soon to tell whether any of these “Wizard of Oz” TV spinoffs in development will even make it onto the screen, let alone with a working heart, brains and courage. Surely, one of them will hit home, right?
You know that moment when you say you’re from Kansas City and someone in a fedora starts crooning about the “crazy little women there”? It’s even worse on the Kansas side. Dear not-Kansans: We’ve heard all these “jokes” before. And any other “Wizard of Oz” zinger you will ever come up with. Please stop.
Being Dorothy in a place with the word “Kansas” in it conjures up “Oz,” guaranteed, every time. And oh, around the world, too. We contacted Dorothys on both sides of the state line who say that for better or for worse, they never quite escape references to “The Wizard of Oz.”
Judy Garland was a kid with a woman’s voice when she shot “The Wizard of Oz,” and it made the movie what it is. Yet the question lingers: What if Judy had not played Dorothy? Would “Over the Rainbow” loom so large in popular culture? Would it have been written at all?
As part of our celebration of the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” we asked you to send photos of your very own Totos — cairn terriers or dogs named Toto. Miss Gulch/the Wicked Witch would not be pleased: We were overrun by dozens and dozens of adorable little pooches.