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‘Mad Libs’ Publisher Larry Sloan Dies in Los Angeles

Quinn with his Mad Libs
Mad Libs have brought smiles to children’s faces since the 1960s. (Photo courtesy ragesoss/Flickr)

Some people build a career based on a simple idea. Larry Sloan, the publisher of Mad Libs, was one of those men. He died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 89.

The last of the founding publishers at Price Stern Sloan Publishing, Larry Sloan started the firm with Mad Lib creators Leonard Stern and Roger Price in the 1960s, according to an obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

Sloan was renowned for his humor, and he published numerous titles besides the Mad Libs series, including books like How to Be A Jewish Mother (1965) and The VIP Desk Diary, one of his early works.

Still, it is likely that the Mad Libs books will be what Sloan is best remembered for. Since the 1960s, millions of children have laughed out loud over the silly stories where they filled in blanks and read back tales that were wacky fun.

I’ve always enjoyed playing word games like Hangman and Mad Libs on long car trips to while away the hours between destinations. In fact, the books even inspired me to create some of my own games to play with my young niece during a car trip earlier this year. We had the best time cracking ourselves up with these stories.

Do you have some happy Mad Lib stories of your own? We’d love to hear them. Then take our poll below!

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