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Opinion

July 22, 2013

Dave Woods: Online 'Oz' contest draws fans to comment

— Our newsroom on Wednesday posted a challenge to our 14,000-plus social media followers. The task?  Post your favorite quote from the “The Wizard of Oz” and be entered into a random drawing to win 20 pairs of tickets to the Pittsburg Community Theatre’s upcoming production of the Frank L. Baum story.

The show opens Thursday at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

More than 160 of The Joplin Globe’s Facebook fans chimed in.

I didn’t see the tidal wave of response to our call out for their favorite lines from ”Oz” coming.

I love the Judy Garland movie, the stage musical and the many different literary iterations of the classic tale of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Munchkins and Toto, too.

I didn’t realize just how many folks remembered the story of the friends and their treacherous trek down the yellow brick road to see The Wizard and get their requests granted resonated with Globe readers.

When I learned of the Pittsburg production I was excited. I am always searching for ways to reward our readers.

Free premium tickets to the production seemed like a no-brainer to me. Who doesn’t — from time to time —- fantasize about life beyond the rainbow? I do, and apparently, so do our readers.  Here are a few of my favorites posted by our friends of — and in — “Oz.”

Oldies, but goodies

“Follow the yellow brick road”

— Megan Weir

“I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too. Ha ha ha ha.”

— Brenda L. Nally

“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto!”

— Kelly Rachel Bacon Buchanan

“Dorothy: There Is no Place Like Home!”

— Jill Stockstill

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”

— Sheena Addison

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

— Lynn Haar

“If I only had a heart”

— Cheryl Tabor Wheeler

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