Michael Gessel has been collecting, writing, and lecturing about Oz for fifty years. In 1977, he organized the first retrospective exhibition of original drawings and books by Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow. He assisted with the 2000 Oz centennial exhibition at the Library of Congress. Gessel served as the editor-in-chief of The Baum Bugle from 1988 to 1992 and received The International Wizard of Oz Club’s L. Frank Baum Memorial Award in 1999. He has been the Club treasurer since 2009.
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