http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/gary-david-goldberg-creator-of-family-ties-dies-at-68-1200501069/ Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of the iconic â€œMust-See TVâ€ sitcom â€œFamily Tiesâ€ who also branched out into directing features, died Sunday of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif. He was 68. Introduced in 1982, â€œFamily Tiesâ€ became one of the linchpins of NBCâ€™s successful Thursday-night lineup and made Michael J. Fox â€” who will return to the network in the fall â€” a star. The series ran for seven seasons, earning Goldberg a writing Emmy. He won another during a stint on the â€œMary Tyler Moore Showâ€ spinoff â€œLou Grant.â€ â€œBasically, those parents are me and Diana,â€ Goldberg explained during an interview with the Archive of American Television regarding the genesis of â€œFamily Ties,â€ referring to his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan, and their hippie roots. Goldberg initially resisted the choice of Fox, as did then-NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff, who famously said he couldnâ€™t picture the actorâ€™s face on a lunchbox. A collection of his papers donated to USC shows Tartikoff holding just such a lunchbox, autographed by Fox. Although the series is remembered as a huge hit, the ratings didnâ€™t take off until its third season, when NBC introduced â€œThe Cosby Show.â€ Goldberg later reunited with Fox on â€œSpin City,â€ which proved a modest hit for ABC. But the show closest to his heart might have been â€œBrooklyn Bridge,â€ an autobiographical half-hour for CBS, derived from his own youth growing up under the watchful eye of his grandmother in Brooklyn, where he was born in 1944. The show earned critical acclaim, a Golden Globe and a Humanitas prize but garnered tepid ratings and was canceled by the Eye network after two seasons. All of Goldbergâ€™s shows featured the memorable closing credit for his Ubu Prods., â€œSit, Ubu, sit,â€ named for the producerâ€™s Labrador. It was also the title of his 2008 autobiography. Beyond his work in television, Goldberg directed such features as â€œDad,â€ starring Jack Lemmon; â€œBye Bye Love,â€ with Paul Reiser; and â€œMust Love Dogs.â€ Goldberg launched his writing career in the mid-1970s on â€œThe Bob Newhart Show,â€ working on a series of MTM productions (â€œThe Tony Randall Show,â€ â€œLou Grant,â€ â€œThe Last Resortâ€) before creating â€œFamily Ties,â€ which struck a nerve with its template of counter-culture parents raising a conservative son. Asked in the archive interview what gave him the most pride about his career, Goldberg said, â€œI think itâ€™s the fact that Iâ€™m still really close with almost everyone Iâ€™ve worked with, and a lot of the young writers I started have gone on to great careers. â€¦ Itâ€™s an idea that writers matter.â€ Goldberg was also surrounded by a media family. His wife, Meehan, is a producer, author, professor and advocate who taught in the UCLA and USC communications studies departments, produced documentaries through Ubuâ€™s non-fiction wing, VU, and is co-founder of the Archer School for Girls. They had two daughters: Shaa, a comedy-writer producer who ran â€œFriendsâ€ with her husband/partner, Scott Silvestri; and Cailin, a freelance writer and Huffington Post contributor.