The Postcards team traveled to Grand Rapids to visit the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids in a search for a stolen pair of ruby slippers and other memorabilia made famous the by 1930’s classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” Frances Gumm was Judy Garland’s real name and the locals here have stories to tell about when she lived in Grand Rapids and grew up in the caring embrace of a small town. “Judy often said that she might've been happier in her life if she'd never left Grand Rapids,” said John Kelsch, Executive director of the Museum. “She also said if movies had never happened, she'd still be one of the Gumm Sisters in Grand Rapids. I think home is something she looked for.”
The second segment of the episode finds the Postcards team interviewing Barry Prichard, the grandson of Michael J. Dowling -- the famous newspaper editor, banker, educator and legislator from Olivia who succeeded in having the first bill passed providing state aid for handicapped children back in 1919. How Dowling himself became handicapped after he lost his limbs to extreme frostbite in a bitter winter storm in 1880 is recounted here along with the amazing things he was able to accomplish with a set of artificial limbs and an education. According to Prichard, Dowling was famous for telling people to “believe in themselves” and “be all you can be.” “Nobody is a cripple as long as your mind is clear,” Dowling would say. “From the neck down you're probably worth minimum wage, but from the neck up, your potential is unlimited!”
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