Born in 1913, and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Peter moved to California when the US Marines deployed him to the Pacific. After the war, Peter raised his family in Southern California. He lived in Thousand Oaks until his death in 1983.
Read Thomas Thompson's remembrance of Peter in the December 1983 issue of The Roundup.
Throughout Peter's career as a writer, he showed his ingenuity at adapting to new mediums and the creativity at writing stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. He began his career with short stories. He wrote articles documenting the Marines in World War II. He became an accomplished novelist with the majority of his work published as novels. And, as television became ever-present in American culture, Peter wrote numerous television scripts.