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Tam Spiva was a TV writer from the last golden age

Tam Spiva was a TV writer from the last golden age

He was born in small-town Louisiana soon after Huey Long departed as governor. His hair looked like cotton and he was raised in a majestic white house right out of “Gone With the Wind.” His name could have come from William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren or some other writer who created literature from Southern culture.

But everyone knew my good friend Hubert Tamblyn Spiva Jr. as Tam.

“Hi, buddy,” he would greet me.

Tam was a flourishing writer of TV series in the ’60s and ’70s — most notably for “The Brady Bunch” — before pulling himself together and turning to serious novels. He’d been ill for some time when he died at 84 in his Pacific Palisades home April 30. The...

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