John Fricke is widely-regarded as the world’s preeminent Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland historian and is the author of the new book, The Wonderful World of Oz (Down East Books, 2013). For the last year, he has served as a spokesman for Warner Bros. — as host of the Hollywood re-premiere of the film on its 75th anniversary; in publicity for its 3D/IMAX screenings and 3D DVD release, as well as its return-to-vinyl for world “Record Store Day”; and for its merchandising TV special on QVC. Fricke is prominently featured in the new documentary, “The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz” that accompanies the DVD set and also provided the copy for the mini-coffee table book included in the packaging.
He is a two-time Emmy Award winner as co-producer and co-writer of the PBS-TV” American Masters” Judy Garland: By Myself and A&E “Biography” special, Judy: Beyond the Rainbow. Fricke received a Grammy Award “Best Album Notes” nomination for the booklet accompanying the Capitol CD release, Judy Garland: 25th Anniversary Retrospective. Click Here to view some of John’s books