Peter Benchley has passed on and Steven Spielberg has provided us with a quote in honor of this great writer.
"Peter Benchley gave the world a jolt when he found the perfect formula for combining human nature and nature itself -- and JAWS was born. I owe so much to Peter because the success of JAWS gave me artistic freedom in all of my films thereafter. What I will ultimately never forget about Peter was his complete devotion in the post-JAWS era to giving the world a better understanding of the life and evolution of sharks. He made a commitment to reserve the species and help dispel the fear and loathing of them that the
JAWS phenomenon extended."
- Steven Spielberg
Rest in peace Peter.