American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Benchley, Robert Charles 1889-1945. American humorist, critic, and actor whose works, including the film How to Sleep (1935) and the book My Ten Years in a Quandary (1936), often pitted an average American against the complexities of modern life.
- n. United States humorist (1889-1945)
“His younger brother, Nat Benchley, is a writer and actor.”
“RUSSELL: I remember passing around worn paperbacks under desks in junior high … Jaws, by I think Peter Benchley, I remember, was particularly popular because of some surprisingly subtle scenes of what we would now call flirtation that were so gravidly erotic they made every boy just about spurt in his jeans.”
“Among its biggest sellers under Mr. Sargent's leadership were "Jaws" by Peter Benchley and "Roots" by Alex Haley.”
“Nobody really paid that much attention to great white sharks until the 1970s, when writer Peter Benchley penned a little ditty called Jaws that Steven Spielberg later transformed into a movie that kept millions of people out of the water for years.”
“Benchley notwithstanding, travel with children has increased more over the last decade than any other type of travel.”
“The fourth annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards recently took place in Washington DC, solidifying it as the only high-profile award dedicated to recognizing excellence in ocean conservation across a wide range of categories including science, policy, media, national stewardship, solutions, youth, exploration and advocacy.”
“The award commemorates a dive in the early 1980s in which Benchley and his crew were offered rides on the back of a giant Manta after one of them removed fishing line that had entangled around one of its 'horns.”
“This apparent gesture of 'thanks' from the giant fish inspired Benchley's book”
“Each winner receives a Benchley Mantas award designed by famed marine artist and sculpture Wyland.”
“The awards, sponsored by the non-profit Blue Frontier Campaign and long-time wife, partner and marine conservationist Wendy Benchley, celebrate exceptional marine conservation efforts that lead to the protection of our oceans, our coasts and the communities that depend on them.”
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