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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 10:48 am

Nobody else connects to the phrase “There is no place like home” more than Del Coronado Realty’s Ruth Ann Fisher. Believe it or not, The Wizard of Oz took hold of the Fisher family while visiting her daughter Cassandra “CJ” Fisher’s, godparents in Kansas of all places. It was during that ironic visit that Cassandra Fisher saw The Wizard of Oz for the very first time and it was a life-changing event to say the least.

It wasn’t long before little Cassandra Fisher was making her family watch it over and over again. The iconic story stuck with her as she grew up and her parents even sent her off to college with a pair of Dorothy’s ruby glass slippers to remind her of home.

Like daughter, like mother—the story stuck with Ruth Ann Fisher as well but for slightly different reasons. Fisher was wrapped up in the morals of the story. Wizard of Oz emphasizes principles such as family, honor, and integrity—principles in which Fisher holds near and dear to her heart and strives to implement constantly in her daily life.

Being a navy family, the Fishers moved 17 times in 22 years and have learned that home isn’t identified completely by a physical building but by family and community. Traveling from city to city and home to home, Fisher finally found out in 1998 that if she clicked her heels together three times, it would finally take her home. What she didn’t know was that home was in the exact city that was rumored to inspire L. Frank Baum’s Emerald City many years ago—Coronado, California.

She also marvels at all of the cute parallels between herself, The Wizard of Oz, and Coronado. First, L. Frank Baum used to live in Star Park Circle. That exact circle inspired the movie’s scene/song “We‘re Off to See the Wizard.” Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow link arms, walk in a circle, and head off in the direction of the Emerald City. So as the rumor goes, you go along Star Park Circle and head straight for the Hotel Del. Secondly, it gets even better since Fisher is affiliated with the Del and, as a realtor, helps people find their homes. Fisher is constantly making people’s dreams come true.

With such a deep connection to the story, when Fisher heard about Coronado’s first ever Oz Con, a celebration of the Wizard of Oz’s 75tht anniversary, she felt moved to be a part of it. Already busy finding ways to give back to the Coronado community, Fisher feels, “if you own your own business, it is your responsibility to give back, “ and sponsoring Oz Con was her best idea yet. “It could not have been a better fit!”

Fisher is excited about every event within the convention but is especially looking forward to watching the Kids Costume Contest and the 3-D screening of The Wizard of Oz. The digitally remastered 3-D screening will take place August 7 at Village Theatre. The film will be introduced by guest speaker Aljean Harmetz, author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz, and followed by a Q & A. No matter how many times she has seen it before, Fisher is delighted to see her family’s favorite movie on the big screen and in a completely new style. For the first time, audience members will be able to feel as they are truly a part of the film as the actors pop out of the screen.

Fisher, surprisingly, is not your typical Dorothy fan. Although, having nothing against the girl, she particularly favors the Lion. Fisher explained that the Lion’s character was trapped by his animalistic stereotype. Being a lion, he had to have a tough and even frightening exterior to prove to others that he was someone to fear. But if you were able to get close enough, it was obvious that there was a timid side. He thought he lacked courage but was “brave when he needed to be the most.” The Lion’s character teaches readers and audiences that it is okay to be vulnerable sometimes but not to doubt yourself. You simply never know what you are capable of.

Although, if you are judging characters strictly within the costume category, she easily gives the trophy to the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys. Without a doubt, she will be looking for some creative and out-of-the-box Costume Contest participants.

With all the excitement, she already cannot wait for next year! When Oz Con comes to town, we can safely say that we can count on Ruth Ann Fisher and Del Coronado Realty to make us feel right at home with the Wizard of Oz in the real  Emerald City.

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