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Munchkin Dies At Age 93

courtesy of Lauren McShea

A sad day for ” Oz” Fans. One of the last  “Munchkins” from “The Wizard of Oz” film, Karl Slover, died at age 93. My daughter Lauren is a big “Oz” fan and met Mr. Slover (as seen in the photo) this past June at Oz-Stravaganza in Chittenango. Notice the resemblance? (No, not Karl Slover and me, my daughter and me).

My daughter said that Mr. Klover was a very pleasant person, and quite interesting to talk to.

According to AOL News:

“Actor Karl Slover, best known for playing a Munchkin in the 1939 classic ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ passed away Tuesday. He was 93. You can see Slover playing the lead trumpet when the Munchkin mayor arrives in the land of Oz. According to the AP, the actor was born Karl Kosiczky in what is now the Czech Republic. He moved to the United States in his late 20s and joined a circus vaudeville group called the Singer Midgets; the group would later be cast as Munchkins. Over the years, Slover has made appearances at ‘Wizard of Oz’ reunions and fan festivals.”

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