EXPIRED: 01/27/10 – Barry Blitzer, 80, was an Emmy-winning comedy writer who’s career dated back to the fifties. He easily went back and forth between live action and cartoons but couldn’t quite decide which was easier to write jokes for. (Hint: cartoons don’t talk back!)
For live action, he won an Emmy in 1956 for his work on The Phil Silvers Show, and worked on Get Smart, McHale’s Navy, Gomer Pyle, The Love Boat, Too Close for Comfort and Good Times.
For cartoons, he penned many episodes of the Hanna-Barbera animated series The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Top Cat.
In the 80’s he mixed it up, writing for animated series that were based on live action TV shows. These included Saturday morning kids shows called The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang and Laverne and Shirley in the Army.
Blitzer will be remembered by many for serving the United States Army during the Korean War. But for me, he’ll be remembered for writing my favorite live-action kids’ show, Land of the Lost.