LeRoy Howard worked at Parker Brothers game manufacturers in Salem, Massachusetts. He was promoted to the position of editor in 1933 by George Parker's son-in-law, Robert Barton. Howard served as the firm's only game designer and development manager for many years, and advised both Parker and Barton through the purchase and development of the game Monopoly. Howard helped develop other successes such as Clue! and Risk in later years, often relying on fellow Parker employees as play testers.
Howard saved a game prototype in his files. The game "Rickey Raccoon's Picnic Party Game for Children" was never manufactured. Likely made by Howard himself, it is complete as a prototype, with game board, implement box, four colors of printed cards (one for each character in the game) and typed instructions.