In Memorium: Peter Benchley

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Peter Benchley passed away yesterday. He was 65. From <a


href=”http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=1611299″>ABC News:

Benchley, the grandson of humorist Robert Benchley and son of author Nathaniel Benchley, was born in New York City in 1940. He attended the elite Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, then graduated from Harvard University in 1961. He worked at The Washington Post and Newsweek and spent two years as a speechwriter for President Johnson, writing some “difficult” speeches about the Vietnam War, Wendy Benchley said.
A 1974 article in People magazine described Benchley as “Tall, slender and movie-star handsome, with eyes like the deep blue sea.” The author’s interest in sharks was lifelong, beginning with childhood visits to Nantucket Island in Massachusetts and heightening in the mid-1960s when he read about a fisherman catching a 4,550-pound great white shark off Long Island, the setting for his novel.

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While Peter Benchley co-wrote the screenplay for “Jaws,” and authored several other novels, including “The Deep” and “The Island,” Wendy Benchley said he was especially proud of his conservation work. He served on the national council of Environmental Defense, hosted numerous television wildlife programs, gave speeches around the world and wrote articles for National Geographic and other publications.

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