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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.