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Mad Libs spurred creativity in students for generations.

Mad Libs creator Leonard B. Stern died this week. Obituary writers seized the opportunity to insert blank spaces and [adverb] [noun] [adjective]s in their homages, to mimic the format of Mr. Stern’s famous creation in cheap pursuit of lulz. Mr. Stern was also a prolific, Emmy-winning television writer who would have come up with more original material.

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Leonard B. Stern

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Scanned vintage Mad Libs cover from the Flickr stream of Dan Goodsell.