Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:24 pm

Leonard Stern: Rest in _________ [noun]

Filed under: Fun,Sad — Lex @ 8:24 pm
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I missed this when it happened, but Leonard Stern, the TV writer/producer who invented the “Mad Libs” series of word-game books, died recently.

The New York Times has a nice piece here on how Stern and his partner, Roger Price, invented the game. They thought they had a money-maker, but book publishers thought it was a game and game makers thought it was a book, so they had to publish the first batch themselves, leading to this, my favorite passage from the story:

So in the late 1950s they published it themselves, storing the first printing — 14,000 copies — in the dining room of Mr. Price’s Manhattan apartment. He ate standing up for the next several months.

Now that’s ____________ [noun].

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