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The man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum

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Lyman Frank Baum Was Born
May 15, 1856

Born on May 15, 1856, in Chittenango, New York (not in Kansas), Lyman Frank Baum wrote the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and created a story about the adventures of a girl from Kansas that has delighted kids and grownups for more than a century. That's right: the book was published in 1900 and was enormously popular from the start. In fact, it was so popular that Baum quit his job as a journalist and wrote thirteen more books about the land of Oz. Do you know how old the movie is?
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