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Toto finds a home at Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 18th, 2011
2011
Jun 18

 

 

 

 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

 

 

 

 

 

Toto (1933-1945)

 

 

 

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

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21 Responses

  1. michael svoboda Says:

    to a job well done, from a fan in colorado, thank you!!! I hope to see it soon.

  2. Terry Myers Says:

    Outstanding coverage.

  3. Mark Masek Says:

    Nicely done, Allan! Great photos.
    ____________________
    THANKS MARK!

  4. Graceann Macleod Says:

    What a beautiful and appropriate memorial to a beloved part of film history. I love the “yellow brick road” of flowers leading to the monument.

  5. Carol Says:

    Wonderful memorial…I can’t wait to see it on my next trip out!!

  6. Landman Says:

    OUTSTANDING!!!! Toto lives on in our hearts and on the screen. Now, all can pay their respects to this very “special Star”. God bless you Toto, and all who made this memorial possible.

  7. Steve Goldstein Says:

    Thank you, Allan, for the very nice coverage and for your support always. It was great to see you there. And unlike the esteemed CNN, you spelled my name right!
    __________________________
    LOL, I KNOW HOW THAT IS. YOU’RE WELCOME AND IT WAS GREAT TO SEE EVERYONE. HOPEFULLY NEXT TIME WE CAN LUNCH.

  8. Harry Martin Says:

    LOVE the last photo

  9. d.w. Says:

    Great Photos Allan – It was like I was there. The last photo is awesome.

  10. Kathleen Di Scenna Says:

    How befitting for Toto. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    From: The Land of Oz Preservation Company and The Lyman Frank Baum Foundation
    Syracuse, New York

  11. Diane Says:

    Two woofs up!

  12. Anne Says:

    Great coverage on a beautiful memorial dedicated to TOTO. Thank you Allan!!

  13. unclefishbits Says:

    This touched my heart… it’s lovely to see people remember cherished friends and national treasures like this. Well done…

    Here’s my pup, Pavlov. A Cairn too! http://www.edternet.com/unclefishbits/2011/06/16/pavlov-the-cairn-terrier-he-should-be-a-forced-viral-meme-yes/

    I love those pups… sweet, loyal friends. HI ALL CAIRN & TOTO LOVERS!

  14. Debra Bolam Says:

    I am actually watching THE WIZARD OF OZ tonite on TBS TV channel (NOV.5, 2011) and decided to research about TERRY when I came across this website! I think it is wonderful to construct a tribute to the adorable lil’ cairn terrier where the public can view the statue and remember her fondly forever.

  15. MWilson Says:

    Thanks to the organizers for this excellent memorial. I’m very curious: are there any remaining clues about where Terry/Toto might be buried in relation to the Ventura freeway? It would be a worthy project to locate her! -MW

  16. nick Says:

    what did toto die of
    dalinick1@gmail.com

  17. J. Koonce Says:

    Love Cairns. I have had 3, all different personalities but all so sweet and loving. Rest in peace Toto. A great tribute to you.

  18. Anne Says:

    Beautiful photos on a great memorial dedicated to a beloved sweet Toto .RIP Toto. You will forever remain in our fondest memories.

  19. Robert Says:

    As to where Toto was buried along the Ventura Highway, we would need to look at old records to see where Carl Spitz’s ranch was located, and where his pet cemetery was located on the property. There might be family members who remember the ranch as it was before 1958. If the cemetery was ‘bull-dozed’ then the grave is lost.

  20. kaitlin Says:

    I miss and loved Toto(terry).that dog was very special. :-) miss terry so much.

  21. Voxx The Psychic Says:

    I love you Toto! Just watching you in “Bright Eyes” with Shirley Temple. You are so loved! Thank you for all the wonderful memories! ~Voxx~

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