Date: 20th September 2000

Hollywood To Honour Writer Who Gave Academy Awards Their Name

Legendary Hollywood gossip columnist Sidney Skolsky, credited by several authorities with naming the motion picture Academy Award "Oscar," is due to be honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard next year near the new theater where the Oscars will be handed out.

The theater will be part of an entertainment complex, currently under construction, that is also expected to include a resurrection of Schwab's Drugstore, where Skolsky often conducted interviews for his column (making the drugstore famous in the process).

The Schwab's project is being overseen by "concept" restaurant developer Richard Heyman, who was instrumental in persuading the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to recognize Skolsky, who died in 1983, on its "Walk of Fame." Heyman says he plans to install a glass studio in the restaurant of the new Schwab's, where he will produce a syndicated entertainment gossip feature.

Source: Studio Briefing