Friday, October 14, 2011

We're off to See and Download the Wizard

The Wizard of Oz
Live Stage Performance
Plummer Auditorium
Fullerton, CA
Opens Fri. Oct. 14; 8 PM

By Allen Bacon
The Daily Bosco

As The Wizard of Oz begins a two week live run at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton tonight, my thoughts turned to all things Wizard of Oz.

When I was a kid, one of the highlights of my year was when I used to go over to my Grandparents house to watch the Wizard of Oz. It was a special event. The television network...I believe it was NBC... would show it only once a year.

I had watched the movie on my parents black and white television, but it was more special at Grandma and Grandpas. They had a color televison. And as you know, one of the interesting things about the movie is when it transforms from the black and white landscape of tornado-ravaged Kansas to the colorful and magical land of Oz.

And, somehow, the Jiffy Pop tasted better from Grandma's stove. She had a knack for not burning a single kernel. Something I could never quite get the hang of..even with the microwaved popcorn.

And the other thing...Grandma was there to run to whenever the Wicked Witch would make her appearance.

I read last year that Netflix, in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the release of the Wizard of Oz, made the classic movie available as a free download.

I would be the first to applaud the ability to be able to download television programs and movies at will. I wait till the weekend usually and watch my favorite programs that way now. I love Hulu...I can watch a lot of shows on demand that way. But, at the same time, it takes away a bit from the specialness of the event.

With technology as it is...we can watch any program, anytime we want it. I pass cars all the time where the kids are in the back watching cartoons or movies while traveling.

That's cool but that can't beat going to Grandma's house once a year to watch the Wizard of Oz.

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