Creator of Mad Libs Dies at 88
When I was a kid, my brother and I got a HUGE kick out of Mad Libs. We would spend hours doing them, and laughing hysterically when we were done. His favorite nouns and verbs to use generally had something to do with body parts or functions, but he was a boy, so I'm not surprised.
I'm sad to announce that Leonard B. Stern, an Emmy-winning writer, producer and director for TV whose search for good adjective one day led him and a colleague to create Mad Libs, died on Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 88.
As a writer, Stern won two Emmy Awards, in 1957 for “The Phil Silvers Show” (a k a “Sergeant Bilko”) and in 1967 for “Get Smart”.
Leonard Bernard Stern was born in Manhattan on Dec. 23, 1922, and studied at New York University.
After a marriage that ended in divorce, he wed Gloria Stroock, an actress. She survives him, as do their children, Michael and Kate Stern; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He will be remembered as an ______________ [adjective] man who provided tons of ___________________ [noun] to many children.