Master of the Atrocious Pun, The

Nickname of radio and television personality Clifton Fadiman who hosted a number of programs during the 1950s including THIS IS SHOW BUSINESS/CBS/NBC/1949-56, INFORMATION PLEASE/CBS/1952, THE NAME’S THE SAME/ABC/191-55, WHAT’S IN A WORD/CBS/1954, and QUIZ KIDS/CBS/1956. He was also the host of NBC Radio’s “Information Please” from 1938-1952.


Clifton Paul “Kip” Fadiman was a writer, critic, editor and radio/TV quiz show host. For more that 50 years, Fadiman influenced what Americans read serving as a senior judge of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

  • “The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.”
  • “For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelop in which to get themselves filed.”
  • “Cheese – milk’s leap forward to immortality.”

Fadiman was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6284 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Born on May 15, 1904, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Clifton Fadiman died of pancreatic cancer on June 20, 1999 on Sanibel Island, Florida.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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