________[adv.] Departed

Leonard B. Stern was a writer on The Honeymooners and executive producer of Get Smart, but he’ll likely be remembered most for his literary creation, the Mad Lib. He and partner Roger Price couldn’t find a publisher for the first Mad Libs, so they paid for the first printings and stored 14,000 of the game in Stern’s dining room. Eventually their determination paid off, of course. Stern’s New York Times obituary is here.

Celebrate this pioneer of American games with a Mad Lib of your own. We’ve got a big selection to choose from. Browse them online or stop in the store.–David E