May 2, 2007



A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz have been stolen from a museum in Minnesota. The pair, insured for $1m (£560,000), is one of four sets used in the film.

The slippers were taken at the weekend when a thief entered the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids through a window and broke into a display case.

As Dorothy in the 1939 movie, Garland wore the slippers as she clicked her heels and thought to herself: “There’s no place like home.”

Police Chief Leigh Serfling said: “There’s not a whole lot of evidence. We’re hoping that someone in the community has seen something.”

‘Major attraction’

The Judy Garland Museum had the slippers on loan from their owner, a Los Angeles man, for several weeks.

The museum is part of the Children’s Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids, where Garland was born in 1922.

Museum director John Kelsch said the slippers were a “major attraction”.

“It is our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately,” he said.

Another pair of ruby slippers was sold at auction for $666,000 (£412,000) in 2000.


I know what you are thinking, and I am right there with you. Munchkins. It’s got to be one of the Munchkins. You can’t trust Munchkins. Look at the facts. There was only one road in and out of Munchkinland, and what would you call the directions Dorothy got to the freeway? Trustworthy. And it can’t be Toto, because, speaking of freeways, we have it she is buried under the Ventura. So we need to round up all of the usual remaining Munchkins, and your help in locating the following is appreciated;

The current roster of living Munchkin actors, as of December 2005, is Mickey Carroll, Lewis Croft, Ruth Duccini, Jerry Maren, Olga Nardone, Margaret Pelligrini, Meinhardt Raabe, Karl Slover, and Clarence Swenson.

Of course, you should be aware the slippers in L. Frank Baum’s original book were silver, but the shoes were colored red to look better in the Movie. Sorry to throw another Munchkin in this mess.


‘hey, hey, it’s the Munchkins!’


Not here, keep lookin’, heY

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