Lance's Journal: Wizard of Oz Collection in G.I., Mar. 6, 2017

Believe it or not, the Wizard of Oz was a box office disappointment upon it's initial release in 1939.

But in 1956, the film was reintroduced to a much wider audience, on the CBS network, and as you all know, over the years, it has become one of the best known films in movie history.

Diane miller grew up in St. Edward, Nebraska and like many of us, she was a little spooked by some of the characters in the Wizard of Oz.

She remembers crawling up in her dad's lap when she was frightened.

But, even though the movie was a little scary for young Diane, there was just something about it that she grew to love.

Diane has gathered about as many different varieties of this famous foursomes as one could possibly imagine. From Play-Doh dolls to potato heads, the Kewpie dolls to pewter figurines.

This long-time elementary school teacher says she has always appreciated what the movie stands for.

Two thousand items later, Diane has assembled an incredible collection of wizard of oz memorabilia. From lunch boxes to puzzles to snow globes to glowing Emerald cities.

If you love the Wizard of Oz like Diane does, well, he's some good news for you.

Every year, more than 40,000 Oz lovers head to the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas to attend the Wizard of Oz festival.

This fall's festival will take place on October 7, 2017.