Gary David Goldberg
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GARY DAVID GOLDBERG, CREATOR OF HIT TELEVISION SHOWS FAMILY TIES, BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND SPIN CITY PENS SIT, UBU, SIT: HOW I WENT FROM BROOKLYN TO HOLLYWOOD WITH THE SAME WOMAN, THE SAME DOG, AND A LOT LESS HAIR  

NEW YORK, NY (February 5, 2008) – Gary David Goldberg, the creator, writer and producer for the television series Brooklyn Bridge, Spin City and the iconic Family Ties will release his autobiography, Sit Ubu, Sit, an extraordinary account of an incredibly successful – and incredibly unexpected – life in show business. 

Sit, Ubu, Sit elevates the typical Hollywood memoir by providing an insider’s view on the industry with a deeply personal story that has been integral to Goldberg’s success.  From basing the parents in Family Ties on himself and his wife - two former flower children struggling to raise successful kids with counter cultural values – to paying homage to his grandmother Jenny in Brooklyn Bridge, Gary has drawn inspiration throughout his career from his own life and the colorful people who helped shape it. 

Gary keeps readers captivated with some of his Hollywood anecdotes.  For example, while casting Family Ties, Goldberg adamantly opposed Michael J. Fox for the role of Alex P. Keaton.  Only after the casting agent’s insistence that Fox re-audition did Goldberg relent – and a star was born.  Michael J. Fox later told Gary that had he not gotten the part in Family Ties, he would have quit show business completely and gone back to Canada. 

Sit, Ubu, Sit is also a love story about his lifelong love affair with his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan, a noted author and feminist, and founder of the Archer School For Girls in Los Angeles. Sit, Ubu, Sit shows readers all that their 40 years of togetherness entails, from hitchhiking around Europe in the 1970s, to bravely facing Diana’s life threatening illness in the last decade. Gary’s humility and warmth make his story deeply relatable, and often extremely funny.    

Goldberg has made women’s and family issues a central part of his life and work, raising two Ivy-League educated daughters, one of whom went on to write and produce the hit television show, Friends.  His commitment to women’s and family issues date back to1985, when Family Ties was at its peak in the ratings and Paramount offered Goldberg a blank sheet of paper and a promise to fulfill whatever he wrote down, to renew his contract.  Gary requested a childcare center on the lot for working parents who were Paramount employees.  Now virtually all studios have them. 

Sit, Ubu, Sit demonstrates that Gary’s career life, while dazzling and dizzying is never as important as his relationship with Diana and their daughters.  What shines through every page of Sit, Ubu, Sit is Gary’s warmth, good humor and gratitude for this forty-year (and counting) partnership with Diana; for the special friendships he’s developed in Hollywood and beyond; for his enduring closeness with his childhood friends; and, ultimately for having been able to make a living doing something he loved so much. 

About Gary David Goldberg:

Gary David Goldberg was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 25, 1944.  After a prolonged and checkered collegiate career, which began at Brandeis University in 1962 and ended at San Diego State in 1975 (with several other schools in between), he moved to Hollywood to try to make it as a writer.  Mr. Goldberg has been the recipient of numerous honors during his career including two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, two Writer’s Guild Awards, six Humanitas Prizes, a Peabody, a Christopher, two Viewers for Quality Television Awards, the Producers Guild Award as Producer of the Year in 1991 and the Writers Guild of America’s Valentine Davies Award for his contributions to the entertainment industry.  In 1992 he was inducted into Broadcasting Magazine Hall of Fame.  He lives in Vermont with his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan, and their five dogs. 

SIT, UBU, SIT: How I Went from Brooklyn to Hollywood with the Same Woman, the Same Dog, and a Lot Less Hair by Gary David Goldberg

On-sale date: February 5, 2008

Harmony Books • ISBN: 978-0-307-39418-7 • $23.95 • 272 pages

www.garydavidgoldberg.com