May 15, 2013

L. Frank Baum

Today is the anniversary of L’s birth. Happy birthday, L. Not a lot of folks nowadays know that your mother-in-law, Matilda Gage, was one of the 3 pillars of the 19th century feminist movement along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. As you probably remember, your wife’s name was Maud. Maud and Matilda, M and M. Is that where you got Auntie Em? I was curious, knowing how you loved wordplay and puns and anagrams and such.

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