Lyman Frank Baum (May 15,1856–May 6, 1919)
Was an American author of children’s books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which was made into the 1939 MGM classic film the “Wizard of Oz”. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works (55 novels in total (plus four “lost” novels), 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works predicted such century-later commonplaces as television, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work).
Baum’s books and the “Wizard of Oz” movie are timeless and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.Chittenango, the birthplace of “Oz”, takes great pride in honoring our native son, L.Frank Baum and in celebrating the classic film the “Wizard of Oz”, as well as “All Things Oz”