Jersey Shore's Snooki could still win the trademark rights to her nickname for use in books. The sisters who wrote The Adventures of Snooky, staking a prior claim, are willing to discuss a deal.
But this isn't some shady shakedown. Karen Monaghan-Arnone and Maureen Monaghan-Faber, both graduates of Upper Dublin High, simply hope to raise some money 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 death-bed requests.
Its publication, though, recently caused a trademark snafu for MTV reality star Nicole Pilozzi, when the feds frowned on her request to control rights to her famous nickname for "printer matter, namely, books," citing the sisters' book.
Snooki's other applications seem to be on track - to use "Snooki" at public appearances, "I Snook the Night" on "underwear" and other items of clothing, "Snookit" on self-tanning spray and other products, and "Snookin for Love" with books, radio and TV.
The Dresher-raised sisters see a win-win possibility here.
The book began when a pregnant Maureen, now 48, got bored doing bed rest on doctor's orders. So, with her sister's help, they came up with the story, told in rhyme, of a cat tumbling off a ship.
They had long liked the sea, having spent summers in Strathmere. Maureen lives at the Shore now, in Egg Harbor Township, near Atlantic City - well south of Seaside Heights, where Snooki and crew are filming their second season.
Brian's contribution made the book one of a kind - the only children's picture book with 2-D holograms, said Karen, 49, who still lives in Dresher.
Brian, working at their father's printing company, developed and patented a process for making such holograms, and small, shiny examples are sprinkled among the pages.
He died in August 2002, about eight months after learning he had a rare aggressive type of sarcoma. A leg amputation failed to stem its spread.
His last days were spent at Abington Hospital, where he called his children in "and told them how much he loved them," Karen said.
He also told his sisters to get the Snooky book published. They did in 2004, and eventually raised several thousand dollars was raised for the Sarcoma Foundation of America and other charities in Brian's memory, they said.
The name "Snooky" grew from "Snookums," the nickname used for Maureen by her husband. That sounded like a good name for a cat, but Snooky was easier to rhyme, she said. For example, one stanza has the cat saying, "Hi there, ho there, fish of the sea, my name is Snooky, can you help me?"
Maybe Snooky and Snooki can help each other.
Calls were made to Snooki's attorney, Tara J. Hart-Nova of Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, N.Y., requesting comment.
For more on the book, go to www.snookybook.com.