A year after Hershey Weisman‘s family took ownership in 1976 of the massive World Book and News newsstand on the southeast corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga Blvd. (pictured), a certain aspiring singer moved to New York City and got a job waitressing at Dunkin’ Donuts. Thirty-four years later, says Weisman, she remains his best guarantee of brisk magazine sales.
“Madonna will always and forever be a top seller,” Weisman tells FishbowlLA via email interview. “Put her on the cover of Scientific American and I will sell more copies of that issue than I have sold in 30 years of Scientific American combined. No one even comes close to her ongoing appeal.”
Amazingly, Weisman’s expansive newsstand has been open 24 hours a day ever since his parents took it over from the family that had previously operated it since 1936. Its location in the heart of Johnny Grant‘s old stomping ground has led to various brushes with celebrity.