Can't Make It Up

You can’t make this stuff up.



Fiction writers will despair of ever achieving originality if they first consider what is indisputably true.

Consider the Wizard of Oz. Its author, L. Frank Baum, called it a children’s story, pure and simple, but threads dangle from that claim in startling ways.

Some believe it was a populist call to arms, denouncing the monetary and business practices of the late nineteenth century. Baum’s father, Benjamin, owned an oil business, competing with Standard Oil. In fact, both John D. Rockefeller, and his assistant, John D. Archbold, may have worked for the elder Baum (according to some sources). In some theories, this rivalry, which didn’t go well for Baum, stoked young Frank’s secret inspiration for the Wizard of Oz.



L. Frank Baum

Some find even more sinister motives, connecting the Wizard of Oz to the shadowy Illuminati, in which the book becomes a mind control program. In this world, Bob Hope was an MI-6 agent embedding trigger words in American soldiers during his extensive trips abroad. Hope was awarded, presumably by the Illuminati, mind-controlled female slaves, whom he often loaned to Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Richard Nixon, and others.  Whether any of this is true, it is undeniable that people believe it. Others find even more symbols and hidden messages in the story. Any of these plots, if you were thinking of exploiting them, cannot be made more intriguing.



Then, there is the strange case of the Wizard of Oz Theme Park. It was built on land inherited from the estate of John D. Archbold, usually described as the right hand man of John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, with whom L. Frank Baum’s father had a business feud. Is this the spirit of old John D. finally taking over the Wizard of Oz from L. Frank Baum, just as Rockefeller, in the flesh, took over old man Baum's business? Or is it the Wizard returning to the scene of the crime, revisiting its inspiration? Today, the place is in disrepair and faltering, perhaps about to close. Will this mean the end of the Illuminati? You just can’t make this stuff up.