|Date:||February 16th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)|| |
I have not seen or heard much about Peter Benchley for a while and I was sorry to learn he passed away. The "Jaws" and "The Deep" books were fairly saucy grammar school fare in their day.
I do not get near the ocean much, but ever since the "Jaws" book and film came out I've tended to look out more for potentially harmful marine creatures even when I'm on small inland lakes, ponds or streams.
I think Benchley's popular books and films created more awareness of water safety. If dangerous fish are not a problem, things like bad weather, hazardous currents, entangling plants, unseen junk in the water and powerful swimming pool drains became things more people paid attention to as the result of Benchley's work.