John Seebe takes on the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By Tom Jennings

Welcome, welcome, welcome! You are here because you are a devotee of the “Wizard of Oz” and all its variations. You read the book in one sitting, watched the movie so often that you treat the cast as members of the family. Furthermore, you begin each written sentence with a G clef and an "All hail to thee oh Dorothy."

There’s no way you need to learn more about your guilty obsession. No way! Unless you have failed to attend the Humanists at Barefoot Bay’s May presentation or neglected to check in with what’s behind the curtain besides that little man with the big amplified voice featured on the Humanists at Barefoot Bay’s Web site.

(DRUM ROLL, curtain parts) It’s leading Humanist researcher John Seebe, mouse at the ready, gathering all the daringly different historical/hysterical data you do need to know about.

“It's always nice to share discoveries of little hidden secrets, which are appreciated by others,” says John.

History: It all took flight at the Humanists at Barefoot Bay’s May meeting at the South Mainland Library and this attention-grabbing blurb.

Town crier: Before Judy Garland, before Bert Lahr, before Ray Bolger (well, maybe not Lahr), there
was this shockingly raw early 1900s musical version, entitled "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,"
written for an adult audience, full of expletives and explicit references to current politics.
And John Seebe will reveal it, green warts and all.

The event: Enticed by the above announcement of the program for the now historical gathering on May 8, club members and guests were enthralled with the unprecedented, enlightening presentation. Undoubtedly, all left the meeting with a new outlook and appreciation for this timeless classic, looking forward to embracing a new appreciation of "The Wizard of Oz" and diving into the richly rewarding back story that is "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." To assist in that adventure in the light of its political overtones, John provided a "webliography" to enrich the experience.

"Webliography" for:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

1) Political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

2) The Man Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz

3) Coin's Financial School

4) Coinage Act of 1873"[aka:'The Crime of 1873']

5) Free Silver

6) "Cross of Gold speech" by William Jennings Bryant

7) Crime of 1873 & Cross of Gold Speech

8) Bimetallism

9) "The Bimetallic Standard" by François Micheloud

10) Gold standard

11) "Following the Yellow Brick Road: How the United States Adopted the Gold Standard" by Francois R. Velde]

12) "Inside The Great American Bubble Machine" by Matt Taibbi

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