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What I love about the web is the opportunity to share my thoughts and passions with others. But I also like to hear what others think and to exchange ideas.

On this page, I'll share some of the comments I've received in my Guestbook and via e-mail. In some cases, I also may also respond to the comments. Please get in touch!

Here's a chance for you to contribute.
 
 
 
*October 10, 2007 (Probably the best email I ever got)
 
Dear Mr. Siewert,

Hi. My name is Beth Williams and I met you at the Oz Festival in Chesterton, Indiana last month. This email is long overdue and I'm very sorry for that. I'm 20 years old and I saw the Judy dresses with your parents on the Saturday night and then saw them and took pictures with them on Sunday. I'm not sure if that's a good enough description of me, but, I did meet you. I know you must meet a lot of people at these festivals, so I understand if you're not exactly sure who I am. I really, really wanted to thank you for the magazine that you gave me with Judy on the cover. It is a lovely picture and it means a lot to me. I don't have a huge Judy collection, but it's getting larger, and that magazine is a wonderful piece to add to it. I  also wanted to thank you for taking the time to personally show me all of the dresses and show me the tags with Judy's name in them. I am such a huge fan, and this was truly one of the most memorable experiences that I've had. I cried when I first entered the room where the dresses were because I wasn't expecting them to be at the festival and I never thought I would get to see such amazing memorabilia up close. Thank you for bringing your display to the Chesterton Festival and to other exibits, so that fans can see them. I've loved Judy since the first time that I saw The Wizard of Oz and I used to drive my baby-sitters and friends crazy because I wanted to watch Meet Me in St. Louis or In the Good Old Summertime instead of Disney movies and cartoons. I think I still drive my friends and family crazy because I want to listen to Judy when they want to hear more current music. Oz and Judy have always  been important to me and they always will be. Meeting you, seeing the dresses, and your kindness in giving me the beautiful magazine are things that I will always look back on with
fondness. Thank you so much for your generosity. Most people don't understand why I love Judy or Oz so much, and it was nice to finally meet people who feel the same way. I hope to see your exibit again in the future and I will check your website to see if there are any updates. Thank you once again and it was a pleasure to meet you and talk with you. I hope to do so again some time. Sincerely, Beth Williams
 
Of course I remembered meeting Beth. We had a great time together and I was thrilled to share with her what I did. I loved bringing her behind the ropes and let her touch and see the details of some of the gowns. What a memorable moment it was for BOTH of us. I do hope to see you again, Beth and thank you so very much for your email! It surely made my day. 
 
*February 18, 2008
Hi Michael,

I love what you have done with www.judygarland.com.
It looks great. I can't wait
to see you in June in Grand Rapids.

Keep up the good work!

your friend

Andy Jurss
 
Andy, thanks so much for your kind email. You were an absolute BLAST in Grand Rapids last year (walking on chairs in your ruby slippers!). Can't wait to see you again!
 
*June, 2008 
I just returned from a wonderful weekend at the Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids, MN, where I premiered my new show entitled "A Salute to Judy Garland and Friends." I'm happy to say it was a big success and now I'm really excited about performing the show in London next month.  While I was at the Festival I met a very interesting gentleman named Michael Siewert.  He owns a lot of Judy's original costumes from her movies and travels around the country exhibiting them. You can see his wonderful collection here, but if he's exhibiting anywhere near you, make a point to see them in person and hear Michael tell their stories.
Richard Glazier
 

 
Richard! YOUR show was amazing and I am very flattered by your comments. Thanks so very much!
 
 
*July 1, 2008
Dear Mike, I just wanted to say that it was wonderful to meet you at the Judy Garland Festival. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful Judy collection with everyone,It was such a wonderful gift to give back to all the fans. Thank you so much for letting me try on Judy's fur coat that will be an experience that I will never forget. I hope that we can keep intouch with one and another. If you ever come to the Boston area please feel free to visit my mom and I we would love to see you.
Best Regards.

Mikaela Healy
 
Mikaela, What a sweet email. You are a very lucky girl to have such a great mom who would take you to the Judy Fest AND then to the Boston Pops show!!! LUCKY YOU!!! What a treat to get to know you both!
 
*July 1, 2008
Dearest Michael,
    So sorry I was not able to say goodbye to you on Saturday night. I want to thank you for all the fun and joy that you gave me this weekend. You know I just adore you! Thank you for spending so much time with me, you are just one of the funniest men I have ever known. Your smile just radiates.....well I just have to stop with all these compliments or you might just get a big head......LOL
    Please keep in touch with me so I know where you are and how you are doing and what exciting people and places you are meeting and seeing.
    And if it is the good lords will, I hope we will meet again.......The somewhat "little" old lady from MN. Thank you darling for everything.
Love,
Sharon Stewart
Fruita, Colorado
 
Sharon.... I adore YOU, too....wanna get married? What fun we had!
 
 
*July 15, 2008
  Hey there bad boy,
  It took me awhile to recover from my
trip.  I guess that's what late night partying will do!!  I loved
meeting you and still am in awe at how very generous and giving you
are with all of your Judy costumes.  You were absolutely a hoot to
hang with. I'll never forget the night in your room, it was awesome!!
  Keep in touch and let me know if you're ever going to be in the
Phoenix area.

Lori Terfansky
 
Lori, Lori, Lori.....Too MUCH fun!!! Thanks for your kind words.
 
 
 
*SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
 
I want to mention one of the most amazing things that happened in Valapariso at the Wizard of Oz Festival and that involves Judy Garland costumes from movies. Michael Siewert was absollutely the biggest doll on the planet that has ever lived, as he took me behind the velvet ropes and let me handle Judy's costumes that he had on display. I sat most of the time crying at first, especially the very first touch and once we got talking about how these garments were made I think I taught Michael a thing or too about Haute Couture Construction and about the artistry that goes into making those dresses masterpieces besides memorabilia. He was just full of knowledge about Judy, and so much fun and silliness that it made my first Oz Festival one of the very best experiences of my life. Who would have thought that this simple "gay boy" who was 2 1/2 years old when Judy died and who has lived the last 17 years with AIDS would ever be graced by being in the sheer presence of his biggest idol ever. Michael,  I can not beign to thank you enough from the depths of my heart for doing what you did for me, you may never know how very much it meant to me and will mean to me forever--I'll always love you for it!  Charlie Dale
 
Charlie, How ironic that I thought that it was YOU that made my Oz Fest experience such a blast. Your fun energy and passion for life is contagious. I cannot remember tha last time that I have laughed so much. I am so glad the gowns brought you such happiness. That is my goal and I know that Judy would be glad that she continues to put a smile on someone's face...especially someone as special as you. I thank you for your friendship.