[Ads-l] "Oscar" article at the Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 23 06:53:28 UTC 2019

Congratulations to Peter who has crafted a very impressive article
about the origin of the appellation "Oscar" applied to the Academy
Award. His essay includes an extensive list of citations together with
intriguing illustrations. The piece is a boon to the public and to
research colleagues. It also includes valuable material that was
originally identified by Peter.

Envelope Please - Unwrapping Oscar's Origin Stories


On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 12:48 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Fantastic work, Ben. You elegantly packed an enormous amount of
> information into limited number of column inches.
> Garson
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 12:09 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > My latest column is on the origins of "Oscar" as the nickname for the
> > Academy Awards statuette. I drew on some fruitful recent discussion on the
> > list and off, especially from Barry Popik, Fred Shapiro, Garson O'Toole,
> > Peter Reitan, and Stephen Goranson. My space was limited, so I wasn't able
> > to fit all of the various theories and bits of early evidence that have
> > come up, but I tried to hit the key points of recent research. Thanks to
> > all.
> >
> > https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-did-the-academy-award-become-the-oscar-11550852995
> > text on Outline (no paywall): https://outline.com/YEPzU9
> >
> > --bgz
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
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