Wrote for such shows as 'Get Smart,' 'Flintstones'
Veteran television writer Barry Blitzer, who wrote for classic TV shows such as “Get Smart” and “The Flintstones,” died Jan. 27 in Santa Monica, Calif from complications after abdominal surgery. He was 80.Blitzer shared a Writers Guild nomination in 1968 for “Get Smart,” with co-writer and frequent collaborator Raymond Brenner. He wrote for comedies including “The Love Boat,” “Too Close for Comfort,” “McHale’s Navy” “Good Times” Blitzer also wrote episodes of Hanna Barbera cartoons “The Jetsons,” and “Top Cat,” as well as children’s programs including “Land of the Lost.” He was also the last surviving member of the group of writers who shared a 1956 Best Comedy Writing Emmy for The Phil Silvers Show (for the episode, “You’ll Never Get Rich”). A Writers Guild of America, West member since 1961, Blitzer attended the U. of Georgia and served in the Army during the Korean War. Blitzer participated in many WGA events and was active in campaigning for equal rights for animation writers. He was also a guest lecturer at the U. of Texas in Austin and wrote a longtime humor column for The Palisadean Post. He is survived by his wife, Elsie, a daughter and a sister. Donations may be made to the Writers Guild Foundation.