Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Leonard Stern died this week in Los Angeles after battling an unspecified illness for over a year. He was 88. Most of the world probably knows Stern for his work in television on shows like The Honeymooners, Get Smart and The Jackie Gleason Show. But Gen X and Yers undoubtedly know Stern best for creating the word game Mad Libs. We can’t possibly calculate the number of sibling fights Stern helped prevent in the backseat of the cars during long road trips. The number must undoubtedly be in the billions.
Mad Libs was born here in Los Angeles, while Stern was working on The Steve Allen Show. It eventually lead to the creation of the publishing company Price Stern Sloan.
More on Stern’s impressive life and career in the LA Times obit.