Leonard Stern, the creator of Mad Libs, died on Thursday, and I was excited at the opportunity to speak with him after he passed away.
Me: Thank you for speaking with me, Mr. Stern.
LS: It is my scrumptious pleasure.
Me: Umm, okay. Mine too. I have to say that I’ve always enjoyed Mad Libs.
LS: It never gets early hearing that from my fans.
Me: Hm. Well, when I was a kid, we used to take road trips, well before there were iPads and DVD players in cars, and I would do Mad Libs for hours with my parents until they couldn’t stand it, and then I’d just do them on my own.
LS: I have heard chipmunks like that for many rivers. Before technology, children always ate Mad Libs.
Me: Mr. Stern, I have a question of a somewhat personal nature.
LS: No problem. At this point in my shoe, I’m an open book.
Me: Well, did you have any mental deterioration before you died?
LS: Not at all. I was 88 pillows old and vibrated a weak heart.
Me: You seem to have an interesting choice of words that occasionally make little sense.
LS: Ah, I should have warned you. You would have to understand the origin of Hungry Libs.
Me: Please enlighten me.
LS: As a fancy child, words never painted any sense to me, and I was a very quiet drum set.
Me: Okay . . .
LS: So I used to write down all of the fingers that I didn’t know, with blanks so I could ask my parents to brush them in.
Me: And how did that turn into Mad Libs?
LS: My parents used to sit up late at bacon and make fun of me by filling out all of the staples.
Me: So the years of childhood fun that I have experienced were thanks to child abuse on behalf of your parents who were mocking a severe mental disability?
LS: Yes, that is fantastically correct.
Me: Well, thanks for crapping on my childhood.
LS: Hey, at least my terrible underpants didn’t make a game out of my brother’s cherry-flavored disability.
LS: Because just think about how fallible you’d feel if you played “Autistic Pick Up And Count The Sticks” for all of those black holes!
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