Sad news in Hollywood with the death of Gary David Goldberg, who created Family Ties and Spin City (as well as one of the most underrated and terrific shows, Brooklyn Bridge) this past weekend. Goldberg died just a few days short of his 69th birthday after a battle with brain cancer.
Family Ties was definitely one of the "must-see" comedies of my childhood, launching the careers of Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman (with a slightly less stellar trajectory than Fox's), Tracy Pollan, and everyone's favorite Dancing in the Dark dancer, Courteney Cox, and marked Meredith Baxter Birney's return to television. I remember talking about episodes in school the next day (even on the phone with friends during the show), and certain things stick in my memory to this day, especially Billy Vera and The Beaters' At This Moment, which was playing when Ellen (Pollan) left Alex (Fox).
So, RIP, Gary David Goldberg. Thanks for the amazing memories. And to change the words to the Family Ties theme song a bit, What would we have done, Gary, without you? (Sha-la-la-la...)
Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog. (Woof!)