18 December 2020

Published December 16, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

BEYOND THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

“Here’s something you might enjoy, Raymond.” Annie handed her young son a book. “The Wizard of Oz. It teaches us that everyone has a brain, a heart and courage.”  

             “I love it, Mama.”

In his teens he discovered the theater. He idolized Fred Stone who originated the role of the scarecrow in the stage version of L. Frank Baum’s classic. Stone’s loose-limbed dance form intrigued Raymond.

            Against his father’s wishes, the courageous youth set his mind on a career in entertainment.

            As the scarecrow, with haphazard style, Ray Bolger danced across the screen in M-G-M’s classic The Wizard of Oz.

66 comments on “18 December 2020

    • Dear Dale,

      I did want to be an artist when I grew up…oh and an actress. 😉 The author part came much later. So I admire people like Mr. Bolger who set his sights on a goal and reached it. Thank you for your affirming comments on and off the grid. ❤

      Shalom and lotsa hoofing hugs,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Bear,

      I watched the movie every year and used to think how wonderful it would be if I could see it whenever I wanted. Years later, I had to rethink that when we recorded it on VHS. My youngest son insisted on watching it every day, or so it seemed. I found myself wanting to banish the Lollipop Guild. 😉 Occasionally, these days, I do pull out the anniversary DVD and give it a go.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I didn’t know that’s what we were supposed to learn from “The Wizard Of Oz.” I thought it was, “Don’t trust the man behind the curtain.” and “Never go to Kansas when it’s windy.”

    I’ve only read the book in recent years. I was amazed by how much they toned-down the movie and that it was supposed to be a book for kids.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      I haven’t actually read the book. Or if I did it’s been so long ago I don’t remember much of it, other than the fact that Dorothy arrived back in Kansas in her stocking feet. Nonetheless, I’ve always loved the movie version. Thanks for breezing by.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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