Back To Oz

This Friday, the much-ballyhooed 3D movie, Oz The Great and Powerful, a prequel to the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” opens across the country. It stars James Franco as Oz. Here’s the video trailer. Which, of course, reminds us that veteran actor Frank Morgan reached the pinnacle of his career when he played … Read more

“Open ‘Houses'” 2012

What a very special Green-Wood weekend! This year, for the 10th year in a row, The Green-Wood Historic Fund took part in openhousenewyork, a celebration of architecture and design in the Big Apple. But this year was different. Last year, for the very first time in Green-Wood’s long history (174 years and counting), we opened … Read more

The Wizard . . . Of Juggling!

I got an envelope in the mail last night. Its contents got me laughing, so I thought I would share them with you. Frank Morgan (1890-1949) is best-remembered today for his performance in the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Morgan, of course, was the Wizard, and played five other roles in the movie. His … Read more

A Busy Sunday

I’ve been leading Halloween-related tours of Green-Wood (featuring spirits, murders, and mayhem) for about 20 years now. It has always been one on the Saturday before Halloween, then one on the Sunday. And, not surprisingly, given the association of cemeteries and Halloween, these are typically our biggest tours of the year. But this year was … Read more

Wizard of Oz: Happy 70th!

Today is the 70th anniversary of the premier of “The Wizard of Oz,” the legendary movie starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Billie Burke. Frank Morgan, the Wizard himself, is interred at Green-Wood. For years, he has been the last stop on my Halloween tours of the … Read more