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PAGE 10 POST-GAZEI-I'E, JUNE 30, 2017 ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso The First Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum was already the pioneer of a new literary genre by the time he brought his Oz books to the mov- ies and opened his own film studio. With The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he created the all-American fantasy in 1900. So enamored did American children become with the distinctly European themes of the book (wicked witches, talking lions, and powerful wizards) that Baum spawned a series of books after the first, and to this day, the best known of all set in the land of Oz. Baum, however, was also fascinated by the new me- dium of cinema and thought the screen a perfect arena for his literary creations. Time would prove him right and 1939's The Wizard of Oz is one of cinema's small handful of intergenerational classics, surpassing even the books in popularity. However, Baum had been filming the Oz sto- ries long before then. His first attempt is now lost. The year was 1908 and the Oz books were cher- ished throughout the coun- try. Through the Radio-Play Company of America, Baum produced The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays, a dazzling show mixing early color film, music, and a stage performance by Baum himself interacting with the characters on the screen in much the same style as Winsor McCay and Gertie the Dinosaur. The characters were a hybrid of costumed actors and puppetry and the show was an early special-effects extravaganza. Altogether, it encompassed five books: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, John Dough and the Cherub and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Starting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baum toured the show from September to De- cember of 1908. Itgarnered critical acclaim, but its very virtues, polish, and high pro- duction values made it an expensive venture. As author Mark Evan Swartz observed, = Fairylogue and Radio-Plays epitomized both Baum's end- less creativity and his lack of LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P2157EA Estate of HAROLD SPEERT Date of Death February 26, 2017 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all demons interested in the above cap- tioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Pater K. Speed of Lincoln, MA, Petitioner Nancy S. Slater of Lexington, MA, Petitioner Elizabeth K. Speed of Lexington, MA, a WUi has been admitted to informal probate. Peter K. Speed of Lincoln, MA, Nancy S. Slater of Lexington, MA, Elizabeth K. Speed of Lexington, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Repre- sentative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petiiton the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restdcting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 6/30/17 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P3001EA Estate of LEO T. CODY, SR. Also Known As LEO T. CODY Date of Death March 22, 2017 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Pet~oner Leo 1". Cody, Jr. of BIIlerica, MA, a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Leo T. Cody, Jr. of Billerica, MA, has been informally appointed as the Personal Represen- tative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 6/30/2017 financial acumen." The twenty-three films were shot in Chicago by the Selig Polyscope Company and from there were shipped to Paris where they were hand-colored. Selig Polyscope's project- ing machine was a shaky old thing and Baum knew audi- ences would soon tire of the unsteady images and so he transformed the show from film to 113 slides modeled after illustrations from the books and a fifteen-minute in- termission separat- ing the show into two halves, one devoted to the Oz books and one to the story of John Dough and the Cherub. The show had a decent run in the Midwest, visiting St. Louis, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Chicago. It made its way east toward the end of its run, ultimately fold- ing in New York City. Perhaps because Fairylogue and Radio- Plays was, first and foremost, a promotional gimmick to sell Baum's books, Baum had little need for it after its run and discarded the filmed footage. None of it survives. All that is left of the film are the one hundred and thirteen slides and (most valuable of all) Baum's narration script. Baum went on to film more of his books in the next decade and many of those efforts still survive, but his initial entry into the world of cinema is no longer available to be judged. It must have had some level of interest as a year after it ended its run, the New York Times ran a fuU page article on the show, proving that its impact lived on. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P3066EA Estate of RICHARD ALLAN FLYNN Also Known As RICHARD A. FLYNN Date of Death October 20, 2016 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner John G. Flynn, Jr. of Portland, ME. John G. Flynn, Jr. of Portland, ME, has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 6/30/2017 * News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) ible for a long while now and, Golden ~.ate Looking for after watching him, apparently Golden Tax Hike for good reason. He has writ- I laughed as I watched Gov- ten a book about all the vio- ernor Jerry Brown, at the po- fence America is experiencing dium at the State Capitol lash- today and comparing it to the ing out at opponents of a gas late '60s. The recent shooting tax hike that he says is badly at the baseball field where Re- needed. He wants to bring the publican congressmen were state gas tax up to 58 cents targeted is blamed on the Pl-es- per gallon thinking that the ident's rhetoric. What else is low cost of gasoline would dent new from the Left? consumer opposition. I think At one point during this use- he's badly mistaken'. less TV interview, O'Connell The last time he tried to raise actually stated that the mo- the gas tax, he failed badly. tives of the baseball game Now he is taking a preemptive shooter are still not clear. Not strike by holding motorists re- clear? He had a notebook with sponsible for bridges that fall the names of Republicans on it. down, potholes on our streets, He went to this game to shoot or crumbling infrastructures. or kill members of the GOP. He is sounding like one of those It is pretty clear to me and to fake politicians on Saturday most people what the shooter's Night Live. He can't be serious, motives were. How O'Connell but I think he is. What do pols could apparently lie through in California drink? Whatever her teeth is beyond me. it is, it needs to be banned. Speaking of CrOP Targets End Quote Did you hear about the =The Constitution only gives Democratic strategist Jimmy the people the right to pursue Devine down in New Jersey happiness. You have to catch who, shortly after the baseball it yourself." shooting in Virginia, report- -- Ben Franklin edly posted #HuntRepublicans What is wrong with these liber- als? Have they no shame? THANKSGIVING NOVENA TO ST. JUDE O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all "who invoke your special patronage in time of need, to you [ have recorse from the depths of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present urgent petition. In return, I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Say three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and Glorias. Publication must be promised. St. Jude pray for us all who invoke your aid. Amen. This novena has never been known to fail. 1 have had my request granted. (This Novena should be said on nine consecutive days.) S,D. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P31~EA Estate of SUSAN E. HELFT Date of Death March 8, 2016 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Adjudication of Inteatacy and Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Debbio Lemer of Westport, CT, requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Pe~on. The Petitioner requests that Debbie Lernar of Westport, CT be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in an unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of July 17, 2017, This is NOT a hearing date, but a dead- line by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you objecttothis proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken with- out further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised admin- istration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may peti. tion the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Witness, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: June 19, 2017 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 6/30/2017 The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or e-mail notice to: postgazette @ aol.com Attn: Legal Notices LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court " Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P3127EA Estate of ANNE E. MYERSON Also Known As ANNE MYERSON Date of Death May 20, 2017 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Kelly Anne Roller of-South Hamilton, MA, a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Kelly Anne Roller of South Hamilton, MA, has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 6/30/2017