Gary David Goldberg Dead at 68
Fans of "Family Ties" and "Spin City" will also undoubtedly be familiar with this three second tag at the end of every episode:
Ubu, in fact, was Goldberg's production company, named after his own dog. Goldberg, who grew up a flower child in the 1960s, and his wife ran a day care center in Berkeley during the 1970s, and you can sense how that experience likely influenced the culture clashes in the "Family Ties." (Fun Fact: The series, "One Day at a Time," was based on the experiences of Whitney Blake, raising her child as a single mother. That child: Meredith Baxter, the star of "Family Ties.")
Goldberg essentially launched the career of Michael J. Fox with "Family Ties," although Fox was not his first choice: That was Matthew Broderick. It took some convincing, in fact, for Goldberg to come around on Fox.
Goldberg was also a writer on "Lou Grant" and the "Bob Newhart Show," as well as writing and directing Dad, a movie starring Ted Danson that has a very profound place in my childhood memories.
Goldberg leaves behind a wife, two daughters (including television writer Shana Goldberg-Meehan), three grandchildren, and years of cherished television episodes.