From Facebook today, Typo Magazine and my younger brother, Thad , with thanks:
This intersection sits at the entrance of, Cosby, MO. This may seem like a trifling coincidence until you consider that E.Y. Harburg, the writer of the song, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, had a great aunt who lived in Cosby during his childhood. He visited her every summer, and had many adventures in the fields surrounding his aunt’s farmhouse. Still, you might not be blamed for thinking that it is just happenstance that Cosby sits at the intersection of OZ. However, in the original version of the song, E.Y. Harburg mentions the town by name several times. Producers in Hollywood and later historians were often baffled by the original lyrics, but once it is pointed out where the changes to the song were made, keen listeners can easily detect where the author mentioned his beloved home away from home.
The original section of verse read, “If ever, oh ever, a wiz there was, the Wizard of Oz is one, be Cosby Cosby Cosby Cosby ‘cause... because of the wonderful things he does.”
And now you know the truth.