Moon Muffin

Family nickname of Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) a young, conservative Republican teenager on the sitcom FAMILY TIES/NBC/1982-89.

Alex’s strange nickname (which he hated to hear) was what his parents Elyse (Meredith Baxter Birney) and Steven (Michael Gross) contemplated naming Alex when they were active in the Hippie, Flower-Power, Make Love Not War culture of the late 1960s at Berkeley.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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