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Les Roberts

Remember Cash Explosion Double Play? The lottery game show was originally created by mystery writer and Cleveland loyalist Les Roberts. That late-'80s spark of TV creativity planted the seeds of Cleveland in the Chicago native's mind. He eventually moved here in 1990 and began, perhaps subconsciously at first, gathering the characters and images that would later populate his Milan Jacovich series. Jacovich, Roberts' marquee creation, is a local private eye who pounds Stroh's with fervor and sniffs out bad guys around town. It's a thrill to read about Jacovich solving wild crimes in settings like Pepper Pike, Whiskey Island and downtown Cleveland. Roberts also wrote for Candid Camera and The Jackie Gleason Show back in the day, which remain iconic crests of comedy.

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