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NEW YORK — Gary David Goldberg — a writer and producer who created warm-hearted television shows, most notably “Family Ties,” a leading comedy of the 1980s that propelled Michael J. Fox to stardom — died Saturday at his home in Montecito, Calif. He was 68.
Mr. Goldberg came to writing relatively late, after a peripatetic young adulthood in the 1960s and early ’70s that involved dropping out of colleges, waiting on tables in Greenwich Village, hitchhiking around the world with the girlfriend who would become his wife, and starting a day-care center with her in Northern California.
The rebellious flower child sensibility that informed these adventures was the spur for “Family Ties,” which captured the culture clash between parents of the hippie generation and children growing up during the Reagan administration.