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After 70 years, fans of the classic film 'The Wizard of Oz' may have finally learned the real reason the Wicked Witch was able to conquer the Lollipop Guild: they were sleeping on the job.

At least, that's one explanation that came out of the recent reunion that Newsweek put together for the five surviving munchkins in honor of the movie's anniversary.

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After 70 years, fans of the classic film 'The Wizard of Oz' may have finally learned the real reason the Wicked Witch was able to conquer the Lollipop Guild: they were sleeping on the job.

At least, that's one explanation that came out of the recent reunion that Newsweek put together for the five surviving munchkins in honor of the movie's anniversary, as Lollipop Guild coroner Meinhardt Raabe dozed off in the middle of a conversation that fellow munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini described as "probably the last time we'll be together."


The reunion wasn't a time to mourn, though, but rather to celebrate the legacy of the film and the lives of the actors who provided some of the film's most famous and beloved scenes, which helped change the way the public looked at little people. Reminiscing about the production, the five discussed the generosity of Judy Garland, fears that Scarecrow actor Ray Bolger would injure himself with his stunt work and their discovery that Dorothy's little dog Toto actually got paid more than the munchkins because "he had a better agent."

Of course, it's too bad Meinhardt wasn't awake for all the banter, but that's okay. After providing seven decades of joy to viewers of all ages, we think he's earned his rest.