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Just watched the American Experience episode about L. Frank Baum. Not surprisingly it was wonderfully done. I had no previous knowledge of his backstory (such as his connection to castorine oil) nor the impetuses for creating the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He tried to make his way as the seller of fancy roosters, as an actor/theater producer, as a salesman, he started a professional baseball franchise as well as a newspaper in Aberdeen, and he was involved heavily in the suffrage movement just for starters. He was an infinitely interesting character.