Biography


May 17, 1913 - September 20, 1983

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Peter was the eldest of six children. His parents, Italian immigrants, gave him the name Pietro Baptisto Germano, which became Peter B. early in his life. As a young man, he worked several jobs, including as a clerk for the local railroad. It was during his employment at the local train station that he met his wife, Muriel Garant. She was an actress and model, who worked in theater in Cape Cod, but took a job at the railroad station in New Bedford, Massachusetts during World War II. Muriel married Peter in February of 1943, just before Peter left to serve in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He had a few short stories published in magazines before his tour of duty.

As a combat correspondent for the Marine Corps., Peter wrote numerous articles that appeared in various newspapers. After the war Peter and Muriel lived in Chicago until he was called to serve in the Korean War in 1950. A few years later, the family settled in Anaheim, California (within walking distance to the newly opened Disneyland). Peter and Muriel raised four children, while Peter began a successful writing career. 

Throughout his career in the military and his work as a writer, Peter went to college to receive two degrees. With only two years of high school, Peter attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island from 1946-1950. After his service in the Korean War, Peter transferred to Chapman College in Orange, California in 1956 and received a B. A. in 1959. In 1968, Peter attended Loyola University, where he earned his M. A. in 1970. From 1971-1973, Peter was a part-time lecturer at Loyola Marymount, where he taught Advanced Writing for Film and Television to graduate students.

With his transition from military to civilian life complete, Peter worked tirelessly on the bulk of his fiction career. He wrote western novels under several pseudonyms, and in the 1950s and 1960s wrote television scripts for several western and science fiction programs. With a steady career, the family moved in 1966 to a new suburban home in Thousand Oaks, California, located north of Los Angeles in Ventura County. By the 1970s, Peter had published a science fiction novel, mystery short stories, and western short stories for the Jim Hatfield series in Texas Rangers. 

Peter collaborated with his wife, Muriel, on several projects. In the 1970s, Peter became the associate editor of The California, the newspaper of the Golden State Mobilehome Owners League. When the editor of the newspaper, Thomas Thompson, retired, Peter and Muriel took over as editors; a position which they held for eight years. During this same time period, with grandchildren visiting often, Peter and Muriel wrote scripts for several animated cartoons televisions series, including The Little Prince. 

A strong supporter of union labor, Peter was a member of the Screen Writers Guild of America, West. He also held memberships to the Western Writers of America, Inc. (which published The Roundup out of the University of Texas at El Paso), the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association.

After a fruitful life and successful career, Peter passed away in 1983. Muriel moved to several Californian cities before living in her last home in Bakersfield, California.  She passed away in December 2004 in Thousand Oaks.  When not writing, Peter hiked the golden hills of California. His ashes were spread in the hills near Thousand Oaks. Muriel's ashes were spread nearby. Memorials for both Peter and Muriel Germano are located in Simi Valley's Assumption Cemetery, the local Catholic cemetery.



Peter Germano (family photo).







Muriel and Peter Germano (family photo).