My name is John Nickolaus. I'm 39 years old and live in St. Paul Minnesota with my husband of 3 years, Keith Johnson.
I have a HUGE passion for all things OZ. Books, dolls, statues, Christmas ornaments, poster/prints.....you name it. I especially LOVE Oz stage productions, and memorabilia from them are a large part of my collection. I am currently researching and writing an article about the very first stage production of The Wizard of Oz to use the score from the 1939 MGM film. I hope to submit it to the Baum Bugle and hopefully have it published!
I've collected Oz since I was very little, age 4-5 is what sounds right. Seeing the movie for the first time with my mom is literally my oldest memory. I remember sitting on the floor with her, I must have been about 2 years old, and I remember Dorothy leaving Munchkinland and my mom telling me who she was. That's all I remember, but I remember it very clearly....and it's a great memory!
Keith and I recently moved. in fact, was are STILL moving! I love our new little house. it was built in 1950 and has been owned by one family only. It's adorable. We have a lot of stuff, so it's been a tight squeeze, but we are getting through it. I can't wait to get my Oz stuff set up! And, decorate it for Christmas!!!!
Speaking of Christmas, that's my OTHER collection. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!! I have more decorations than I know what to do with. I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving and it usually takes me that entire weekend. I collect Nativity scenes, so I usually have 3-4 of them displayed every year. I can't wait to get started!!!!
Well, I guess that's all for now. More to come later!!!!