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One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - Oct 4

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - Only $2.97, Was $15.95. Click http://www.chinaberry.com to see today’s specially-discounted item. Today (10/4/11) Only. Price goes back up tomorrow (10/5/11). Limit one per customer. Shop Now!

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - Sept 27

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - Only $2.97, Was $14.95. Click http://www.chinaberry.com to see today’s specially-discounted item. Today (9/27/11) Only. Price goes back up tomorrow (9/28/11). Limit one per customer. Shop Now!

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - August 23

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - Only $6.97, Was $37.99. Click http://www.chinaberry.com to see today’s specially-discounted item. Today (8/23/11) Only. Price goes back up tomorrow (8/24/11). Limit one per customer. Shop Now!

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - August 9

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - Only $4.97, Was $21.95. Click http://www.chinaberry.com to see today’s specially-discounted item. Today (8/9/11) Only. Price goes back up tomorrow (8/10/11). Limit one per customer. Shop Now!

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - August 2

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - Only $2.97, Was $14.99. Click http://www.chinaberry.com to see today’s specially-discounted item. Today (8/2/11) Only. Price goes back up tomorrow (8/3/11). Limit one per customer. Shop Now!

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - July 12

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

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Louise’s Gallery

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Many of you will recognize the artwork on the front of this catalog — a mélange of some of our favorite covers from the days when Chinaberry and Louise Popoff worked together to give you original art on every catalog. We’re celebrating Chinaberry’s 29th birthday by making prints of Louise’s exquisitely detailed covers available on Chinaberry.com (keyword: Louise’s Gallery). Just seeing this collection of artwork after so many years reminded me of how each and every one of us is who we are because of where we’ve been and what we’ve experienced. On a personal level, I roll my eyes when friends give me grief about what a rule-follower I am, but then, they didn’t attend an extremely strict school for 11 years! And although it was no fun at the time, my husband and I were pretty darn poor when the kids were little — a situation demanding resourcefulness which I value and use to this day. That whiplash I got 30 years ago? The result is that over time, I’ve lost most of my sense of taste and smell, but this actually comes in handy sometimes when I just throw a meal together for myself or walk into the kennels first thing in the morning at the dog shelter where I volunteer.

Chinaberry, too, is what it is because of where we’ve been. From the beginning we’ve wanted to offer books and items that would inspire and encourage your families to leave the world a little better off than it would have been without them, and our reputation says we have been true to our mission. We know how we, ourselves, want to be treated as customers, and we take pride in sharing what we learn about each product and then giving you respectful and gracious service. Chinaberry’s roots run deep and we’ve never forgotten where we’ve been or where we’re going. Those of you who remember Louise’s covers will smile while walking down memory lane when you revisit her artwork on our website. And those of you new to it will also understand how these covers are part of what has made Chinaberry Chinaberry.

One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - June 21

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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One-Day Tuesday Mystery Item - June 14

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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Leonard B. Stern, Creator of Mad Libs, Dies at 88

Friday, June 10th, 2011

By MARGALIT FOX, The New York Times

Leonard B. Stern, an Emmy-winning writer, producer and director for television whose frantic search for an adjective one day led him and a colleague to create Mad Libs, the game that asks players to fill in blanks with designated parts of speech to yield comically ________[adj.] stories, died on Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 88.

His death, of heart failure, was announced by his publicist, Dale Olson.

As a writer, Mr. Stern received two Emmy Awards, in 1957 for “The Phil Silvers Show” (a k a “Sergeant Bilko”) and in 1967 for “Get Smart,” on which he also served as executive producer.

Like Mr. Stern, Mad Libs — bound tablets of stories with blanks in strategic places — has a show-business pedigree. First marketed in 1958, it was born by way of “The Honeymooners” and introduced on “The Steve Allen Show.”

Mankind has been playing with language for as long as there has been language, and Mad Libs is assuredly not the first game of its ilk. In 2007, NPR reported on an Edwardian precursor called “Revelations of My Friends.” A slim volume published in London, it contained a set of stories, each masked with an overleaf. Players wrote designated words (“Place,” “Colour,” “Well-known person”) through cutouts in the overleaf, then lifted it to reveal the completed story.

But Mad Libs is undoubtedly the first such game to attain wide commercial success. Now comprising 120 volumes, the series has sold more than 150 million copies, according to its publisher, Price Stern Sloan, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group. Since 2008, more than two million Mad Libs apps, which let the game be played on iPhones and iPads, have been downloaded.

A children’s game show based on Mad Libs was broadcast on the Disney Channel in the late 1990s.

Mad Libs was conceived in 1953, when Mr. Stern was writing a script for “The Honeymooners.” As he recounted in interviews afterward, he was casting about for a particular word. His friend Roger Price, a humor writer, happened by.

“I need an adjective,” Mr. Stern said.

Mr. Price obligingly supplied two: “clumsy” and “naked.”

Mr. Stern laughed out loud. The word was intended to describe the nose of Ralph Kramden’s boss.

The men realized they had a commodity. But no one would touch it: Mad Libs was too gamelike for book publishers and too booklike for game manufacturers. So in the late 1950s they published it themselves, storing the first printing — 14,000 copies — in the dining room of Mr. Price’s Manhattan apartment. He ate standing up for the next several months.

By this time, Mr. Stern was a writer for “The Steve Allen Show.” He persuaded Mr. Allen, who adored wordplay, to use Mad Libs to introduce his guests, with audience members furnishing the missing words.

“Steve would ask the audience for a noun, or an adjective,” Mr. Stern told The Washington Post in 1994. “I’ll never forget: ‘And here’s the scintillating Bob Hope, whose theme song is “Thanks for the Communist.” ’ ”

With that, Mad Libs sold ________[adv.], like hotcakes. A friend, Larry Sloan, joined the partners in the early 1960s to form Price Stern Sloan.

Leonard Bernard Stern was born in Manhattan on Dec. 23, 1922, and studied at New York University.

After an early marriage that ended in divorce, he wed Gloria Stroock, an actress. She survives him, as do their children, Michael and Kate Stern; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Mr. Price died in 1990.

Mr. Stern was a creator or co-creator of several television series, including “I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster,” “Run Buddy Run” and “He & She.”

He also created, directed and wrote for the hit Rock Hudson-Susan Saint James series, “McMillan & ________[noun].”