Prolific sitcom writer Barry Blitzer passed away last week (January 27th) at the age of 80. According to Variety, Blitzer joined the Writers Guild of America, West in 1961 but was writing for television as early as 1955. He was the last surviving member of a group of nine writers who shared a 1956 Emmy Award for Best Comedy Writing. Both Variety and the Internet Movie Database state that they won for an episode titled “You’ll Never Get Rich” but there doesn’t appear to have been an episode with that title, suggesting that the award (and others that year) were for the series as a whole. Blitzer also wrote multiple episodes of McHale’s Navy, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Jetsons and The Flintstones, plus one or two episodes of quite a few shows, such as Barefoot in the Park, I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster, Broadside, Get Smart, Land of the Lost. During the 1980s he worked on a variety of animated programs, including The Flintstone Kids, Laverne & Shirley in the Army and The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang.
The Variety obituary appears to be the only one available online.