Wizard of Oz' Author Lyman Frank Baum

on June 12, 2011

Lyman Frank Baum, born in 1856 in Chittenanga in Madison County (pop. 69,441), tried his hand at business, but his lack of success led him to writing. Some speculate that the Wizard of Oz author watched C.C. Coe pilot his balloon at Clinton Square in Syracuse, providing the impetus for a scene in his now classic tome.

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