Sideshow: Snooky book vs. the importance of being Snooki

Karen Monaghan-Arnone and Maureen Monaghan-Faber hold copies of their picture book, "The Adventures of Snooky," which created a trademark snafu for Snooki of MTV's "Jersey Shore."
Karen Monaghan-Arnone and Maureen Monaghan-Faber hold copies of their picture book, "The Adventures of Snooky," which created a trademark snafu for Snooki of MTV's "Jersey Shore." (Peter Mucha)
Posted: August 18, 2010

Jersey Shore's Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) could still win the trademark rights to her nickname for use in books. The sisters who wrote Adventures of Snooky, staking a prior claim, are willing to discuss a deal.

Karen Monaghan-Arnone and Maureen Monaghan-Faber, both graduates of Upper Dublin High, say they hope to use the money to raise funds to fight the kind of cancer that killed their brother, Brian, in 2002. Getting the Snooky children's book into print was one of his deathbed requests.

The Dresher-raised sisters say the name Snooky grew from Snookums, the nickname used for Maureen by her husband.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently shot down Snooki's request to use her moniker for books, but they have approved her to use it at public appearances and to deploy various other Snookisms, including "I Snook the Night" on clothing; "Snookit" on self-tanning spray and other products; and "Snookin for Love" on radio and TV. Her lawyer has yet to comment.

- Peter Mucha

Quotes du jour . . .

Prosecutors Tuesday dropped unlicensed-driving charges against Ice-T in a Manhattan court. "That's what I'm talking about - dismissed!" the Ice-man, 52, exclaimed. The TV cop and wife Coco were stopped by cops as they drove their bulldog Spartacus to the vet.

True Blood creator Alan Ball takes a delicious swipe at Twilight in Rolling Stone. "To me, vampires are sex," says Ball, whose HBO show is beloved for its nudity, sex, and blood. " . . . I don't get a vampire story about abstinence. I'm 53. I don't care about high school students. I find them irritating and uninformed." Now, that is hot.

Really stupid things for sale

People will buy the silliest thing- just because it was handled by a celeb.

Take eBay Item 370416967312. That'd be one of author J.D. Salinger's most intimate personal objects, his, um, "Personally Owned & Used Toilet Commode." It comes with a letter of authentication, but the seat's missing (!?). Price? $1 million.

Lost fans are atwitter with news that auctioneer Profiles in History (www.profilesinhistory.com) will sell props from the show on Saturday and Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif. Items include plane wreckage; Hurley's Camaro; Vincent the dog's collar; and a pilot script signed by cocreators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. Bid by phone, mail, fax, or in person.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "Sideshow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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