We bid a fond farewell to Dan Osheyack, a man of eminent style and savvy who leaves us after putting EW on pop culture's center stage

By EW Staff
August 07, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Did you feel the jolt? recently the continents separated, the mountains trembled, and the oceans tumbled here at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY as associate publisher Daniel J. Osheyack resigned to accept a job at PEOPLE, our sister Time Inc. publication. An exaggeration? Well, maybe, but it would be hard to overstate the colossal impact of Osheyack, 46, one of the founding fathers of EW. “From our outset, Dan was in many regards the heart and soul of the magazine,” says EW’s first president, Michael J. Klingensmith, and we heartily concur in that sentiment. As our behind-the-scenes maestro of promotion and public affairs, Dan not only helped make us one of the most widely quoted magazines in the world but also showed us how to do well by doing good. Recognizing the devastation wrought by AIDS in the entertainment world, Osheyack forged alliances between EW and charities like the American Foundation for AIDS Research and AIDS Project Los Angeles—an effort that has assisted in raising millions of dollars to fight the disease. He helped us develop relationships with arts venues like the Sundance Film Festival, long before it was hip to do so. And he was instrumental in creating EW scholarships that now recognize film and TV students at four major American universities. “Every time the entertainment industry turned around, we needed to be there,” Dan explains, “but we also wanted our position to be meaningful.”

That’s not to say Dan is all good works and no play—far from it. In fact, Osheyack can throw a wicked party, and, thanks to him, our annual bash at Elaine’s has become the most coveted Oscar-night ticket in New York. “Dan is the ultimate arranger,” says publisher Michael J. Kelly. “He orchestrates things and makes it happen.” Osheyack even orchestrated a way to soften the shock of his departure, by hiring a crackerjack replacement in vice president of marketing Fred O. Nelson, 33, who arrived here after illustrious stints at TIME, Esquire, and Civilization magazines.

And though we pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve, Osheyack was even further out in front. “Dan was always the person at the magazine who was on the cutting edge, from knowing the newest and hottest restaurant to the right thing to wear,” says Klingensmith. “From time to time he would give away his used ties, which was great because what he was throwing away was more fashionable than anything I had yet to acquire.”

Here’s to you, Dan: While our neckwear collection may suffer, the contributions you made to the mission and meaning of our magazine will never be diminished.