2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Leonard Stern, a prolific writer-producer-director whose credits include “The Honeymooners,” “Get Smart,” and “McMillan and Wife,” died Tuesday. He was 88.
Stern died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his spokesman, Dale Olson.
A native of New York City, Stern found early success in TV writing for Jackie Gleason in “The Honeymooners” as well as the classic 1950s sitcom “The Phil Silvers Show” and “The Steve Allen Show.”
In the 1960s he produced the spy satire “Get Smart,” and in the 1970s wrote, directed and produced “McMillan and Wife,” the lighthearted crime drama starring Rock Hudson.
Film credits included screenplays for the 1952 version of “The Jazz Singer” starring Danny Thomas, as well as a pair of Abbott and Costello comedies. Three decades later, he wrote and directed “Just You and Me, Kid,” starring George Burns and 14-year-old Brooke Shields. In 1985, he wrote the script for the action-thriller “Target,” starring Gene Hackman and directed by Arthur Penn.
Stern was also involved in publishing, including the word game Mad Libs, which he co-created.
During his career he won three Emmy awards, two Golden Globes and a Peabody award.
Stern is survived by his wife of 55 years, actress Gloria Stroock, as well as a son, Michael Stern, a daughter, Kate Stern, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were scheduled Friday at Mt. Sinai.
(This version Corrects age to 88 instead of 87.)
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.