If I Only Had a Brain

A book that has become part of our culture over the years was published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum, an author most of us don’t recognize by name. Yet hearing phrases such as “We’re not in Kansas anymore” or “There’s no place like home” or song titles like “Over the Rainbow” or “If I Only Had a Brain” are enough information for most of us to quickly identify The Wizard of Oz.

Yet, as influential as that book and movie have been, the movie lost out to Gone with the Wind (another movie based on a book) for Best Picture of 1939.

The lesson learned from this, for me, is that when you invest the love and the work to make a book both appealing and compelling, whether it wins the awards or not, it has the potential to have a life longer than yours.

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