This website is meant to be a celebration of the 1986 television show The Wizard & everyone connected with it. Since it's conception at the end of
September, 2006, the site has become a collective effort of not only fans, but
also those directly involved in the show.
Special care is being taken to ensure
that all due diligence & respect is shown to all parties involved.
That includes listing credits for everyone in front of & behind the
cameras. It also includes an invitation to all fans, cast & crew
members to take part in the site. That invitation also extends to
you. I have added a note to each picture page
containing any photos which are copyrighted.
The photos appearing in the
Endangered Species section are personal photos belonging to Priscilla &
Marge Weems. Doug Barr sent a personal message, which is included on the
site. Co-Creator & co-producer Michael Berk has graciously donated all of his memorabilia to the site, which is why it
can now be called the official cyber home of The Wizard. Every piece from
Mr. Berk's personal collection is being tagged as The Michael Berk Collection.
Co-creator & co-producer Douglas Schwartz is aware of the site's existence,
as is the family of David Rappaport.
There are a couple of goals for this website. First, as I mentioned above,
to celebrate the show. There may have only been 19 episodes, which were
pre-empted every whipstitch, put on hiatus at one point & bounced from one
evening time slot to another, but this show managed to open
the minds & touch the hearts of everyone who watched it, no matter their age
or location, all over the world. France, South America, New Zealand - wherever
the show aired. I have surfed the net & discovered countless message
boards where people are discussing this show. People who remember the show
so vaguely that they can't remember the title, but it had a positive &
lasting impact on their lives. They remember it as something of a lovely dream.
Since it has been 20 years & memories are so faded, I decided to write each
episode synopsis in the form of an essay/story. To touch on the meanings &
lessons that the cast & crew worked so hard to impart on the audience in
each episode. I do not wish to give away the entire episode or to plagiarize
anyone else's work. I simply watch the episode & then write about what
I watched. It's like being in school again, but, I must admit, it's the
best homework EVER!! The quotes scattered about the site are
a way to pay homage to the writers as well as the actors. It is also hoped
that this will revive some memories, as well.
The information & photos
contained in this site are only to pay homage, not to steal. I have Mr.
Berk's instructions & permission to use every piece of his memorabilia in
any way I can. This site
will never be used to sell any memorabilia or videos. It really is all
about sharing, having fun & showing love & respect.
The second goal is to create a public base camp where we, the fans, can prove to
you how worthy this show is to be released on DVD. Those same message
boards also contain posts of people looking to obtain copies of the show.
Yes, there are people who are making copies of the show, which they recorded
during the broadcasts 20 years ago. Some people have given copies as gifts
or in trade. In trade being either swapping for copies of another unreleased
video or the cost of the blank media & shipping, but not for profit.
I, myself, have copies which were given both as a gift to me & a donation to the
site. I don't have the means to make duplicates of the episodes I have,
nor do I wish to, as I feel my part in this is to stay focused on the end goal -
legitimate distribution of the show by you. Legitimate distribution that will allow families to be able
to watch a family friendly show. This show has helped so many people &
it would be a dream come true to see it help even more.
There are people who do try to sell their copies for profit, &
this is something that the true fans would like to see stopped. The only
way is to have the show legitimately released by you. Even sharing copies
is not going to get the show into the hands of every single fan because there
are far more fans out there than anyone knows about.
As much as I treasure the copies that were given to me, I am looking forward to
the day when I can buy my own legitimate copy off of the store shelves.
All of the fans look forward to that day. To know that the cast & crew
who are still with us, & the estates of those who have passed, are taken
care of properly. This show, & most especially it's star, opened up the world to me. I
cherish any opportunity to take care of them & show them the utmost respect in return.
I am hoping to help inspire other fans to do the same.
I hope that you find this site worthy enough to be considered a true fan
site. I may be doing 99% of the work involved, but it is really a place
that belongs to the show & the fans. I also hope that we will all be able to work together to facilitate the
show's release. Please let either myself or Messers Berk & Schwartz know if you have any questions or concerns.
Chaney - The MGT.