The New York Times Obituary for the Inventor of Mad Libs, Mad-Libbed
Leonard B. Stern, an Emmy-winning writer, producer and __________[occupation] for television whose _________[adj.] search for an adjective one day led him and a colleague to create ___________ [invention], the game that asks players to fill in ____________ [pl. noun] with designated __________[pl. noun] to yield comically ________[adj.] stories, died on Tuesday at his home in __________[place]. He was ___________[number].
His death, of ____________[disease or illness], was announced by his publicist, ______________[celebrity].
As a writer, Mr. Stern received two Emmy Awards, in 1957 for “The ____________[celebrity] Show” and in 1967 for “__________[TV show],” on which he also served as ________________[occupation].
Mad Libs has attained wide _____________[adj.] success. Now comprising _______[number] volumes, the series has sold more than 150 million copies, according to its publisher, ____________[proper noun].
A children’s game show based on Mad Libs was broadcast on _____________[TV channel] in the late _____[decade].
Mad Libs was conceived in ____[year], when Mr. Stern was writing a script for _____________[TV show]. As he recounted in interviews afterward, he was casting about for a particular word. His friend ____________[celebrity], a humor writer, happened by.
“I need a(n) ____________[noun],” Mr. Stern said.
Mr. Price obligingly supplied two: “___________[noun]” and “____________[noun].”
Mr. Stern laughed out loud. The word was intended to describe the ___________[body part] of ___________[TV character].
With that, Mad Libs sold like ____________[pl. noun].
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