By Allan R. Ellenberger
Today fans of Toto and the Wizard of Oz gathered at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the unveiling and dedication of the Toto Memorial. Cloudy skys turned to sun, however there were no rainbows but only smiling faces and many, many Cairn Terriers to celebrate the day.
Those who had part in the ceremony included Chanell O’Farrill who welcomed everyone on behave of Hollywood Forever; members of the Toto Memorial Committee, J. P. Myers, Steve Goldstein; Mark Dodge from FixNation, and Robert Baum, the great-grandson of The Wizard of Oz creator, L. Frank Baum. After the crowd sang a chorus of “Over the Rainbow,” the unveiling went off with smoothly. Many thanks go to all who participated today and Tyler Cassity, owner of Hollywood Forever who donated the land the memorial stands on. Enjoy the following photos from todays festivities.
Fans and several Cairn Terriers begin to gather for todays ceremony
These Cairns had front row seats for the unveiling
Claire and Robert Baum, great-grandson of author L. Frank Baum
Robert Baum speaks to the crowd before the unveiling
Waiting for the unveiling
The unveiling of the Toto Memorial. From left, Robert Baum, J.P. Myers, Steve Goldstein, Mark Dodge, Tyler Cassity
Welcome home Toto.
(Toto sculpted by Roman Gal and the base was designed by Arsen Oganesyan)
Above and below, the inscriptions on either side of the memorial
The Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California
J.P. Myers and Steve Goldstein, the brains behind the Toto Memorial Marker. Congratulations gentlemen on a job well done.
Olivia Francis with Toto