March 29, 2010 at 03:35 PM EDT

According to Variety, gameshow pioneer Ira Skutch passed away March 16 in Los Angeles of lymphoma. Skutch was 88 when he died. The TV historian began his career as a page at NBC, and subsequently served as a stage manager for shows like Kraft Television Theater and You Are an Artist. Later in his career, Skutch helped create popular game shows like Match Game and Password.

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