About Peter Shatner

Peter Shatner (born December 09, 1956) Given-up for adoption in 1956 by his Canadian born Actress mother, Katherine Burt (later Kathy McNeil) in New York hospital, Peter was adopted by Time/Life journalist, George Tilden Orick who eventually retired as the writer of ABC television's 20/20 and artist Barbara Lalone Byrne. Barbara Orick named their adopted son Peter Michael Orick.

In 1962, Peter's adoptive parents divorced. George Orick moved to Lagos Nigeria. In 1964, Barbara Orick married John Colles Sloan, a widower who had two children with Ann Read Sloan, Polly Sloan and Russell Robinson Sloan, III. John Sloan adopted Peter Orick in 1965 and his name was changed to Peter Michael Sloan. John and Barbara then gave birth to a son Christopher Colles Sloan.

In 1983, Peter reunited with his journalist father, George Orick when he discovered George had written an article about his experience in Antarctica on an expedition with ABC news.

In 1984 Peter was encouraged by George Orick to find his natural parents. After contacting the adoption agency The Children's Aid Society, Peter was provided with enough identifying information to begin his search.

After months of research at The Lincoln Center Archives, and with generous assistance from Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, the Fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada and his staff Peter traveled to Toronto, Canada, the birthplace of his birth mother. Barbara Hamilton beloved Canadian actress from Toronto and numerous Canadian celebrities joined in the search along with the librarians of The CBC archives. Peter was able to identify his birth mother as Katherine Burt-McNeil.

Over the months that followed through a process of research and verification, Peter was able to identify his birth father as Canadian born William Shatner. Peter was introduced to his father William Shatner on the set of T.J. Hooker at the Burbank Studios in Hollywood.


Therapeutic Community

in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Set in the 70"s, this is the story of a teenager who through a single lie, is thrust into a world of recovering drug addicts. On a whim, Michael tells two female residents of an adolescent drug rehabilitation facility from New York that he too is addicted to "drugs" in spirited effort to escape his mundane existence in rural New Jersey with his over-bearing father.

Country boy goes to the big City and discovers the true meaning of friendship in a multicultural environment where Michael is the minority and the past is left at the threshold of the vestibule and race, gender and orientation are meaningless.

True raw human emotion becomes the dialogue as the residents live together, deal with their most intimate fears and cope with one another and share their innermost secrets that brought them together to this


The Search

The Journey from New York to Africa, Antarctica to Switzerland: from Toronto to Hollywood. Peter Shatner chronicles his search for the truth others took for granted. The basic question, we who are human need to ask is, "Where did I come from?"

Set in the 1980's, Peter Shatner's book "The Search," is an epic that begins with the ordinary life of a man who's answer to that fundamental question, becomes an emotional roller coaster ride that threads the reader through the lives of the most famous and influential people of the time. In a twist of fate, Peter finds that he is the son of the veritable icon of celebrity: William Shatner.

In 1983, Peter reunited with his journalist father, George Orick when he discovered George had written an article about his experience in Antarctica on an expedition with ABC news.

In 1984 Peter was encouraged by George Orick to find his natural parents. After contacting the adoption agency The Children's Aid Society, Peter was provided with enough identifying information to begin his search.

After months of research at The Lincoln Center Archives, and with generous assistance from Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, the Fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada and his staff Peter traveled to Toronto, Canada, the birthplace of his birthmother. Barbara Hamilton beloved Canadian actress from Toronto and numerous Canadian celebrities joined in the search along with the librairians of The CBC archives. Peter was able to identify his birthmother as Katherine Burt-McNeil.

Over the months that followed through a process of research and verification, Peter was able to identify his birthfather as Canadian born William Shatner. Peter was introduced to his father William Shatner on the set of T.J. Hooker at the Burbank Studios in Hollywood.

Peter Shatner has an autobiographical novel about his experience called, "The Search" which is looking for a publisher.

Supporters of the search

Barbara Orick (Sloan), My Mother

My mother Barbara Sloan taught me that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to the goal. When tucking me in at bedtime, when I was very young, she would often play a game with me. She would say, "Let's talk about the things that matter and the things that don't matter." With this simple game, I learned not to "sweat the small stuff."

My mother was a Graduate of Centenary College in then rural Hackettstown, New Jersey and would typically ride to school on her horse most days. She later attended the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City and eventually landed a position at J.P. Stevens in New York as a fashion designer and artist.

I could never repay my mother for all she did for me over the years. I read the book, “The Giving Tree” at her funeral, which adequately described her. Even in the face of terrible adversity, she always kept her cool. She was graceful and poised. And, she was as beautiful, as she was charming, and everyone adored her. She had a sharp wit and a dry sarcastic edge, which most people never caught because it usually went right over their heads. She collected many friends throughout her life. The many visitors and houseguests that graced her dinner table or attended the many parties all through the years of her life, were a testament to her popularity.

My mother was a smoker and in 1982, she developed throat cancer. I have never seen another human being with such tenacity and a will to live. Throughout the chemotherapy, radiation treatments and eight operations, she never complained once. She lost her beautifully poetic voice in the first of many operations and I miss hearing her call my name to this day. She beat cancer after a three-year long struggle. She learned to speak with a Servox, Artificial Larynx and led a very normal life until 1992 when she had a stroke, which even after three months of rehabilitative therapy rendered the right side of her body useless. My mother never gave up on her love for art though, and she taught herself to draw with her left hand and continued her pencil sketches until she died in 2003.

She encouraged me throughout my search for my natural parents and she understood the need to connect with one’s own heritage. Most important of all, she loved me, protected me and nurtured me. She was and will forever be, my Mother.

George Orick, Writer

George was my first adoptive father. He and my mother Barbara Orick fosterd me from age seven months until my adoption 1958. George and Barbara separated and divorced in 1961 after George moved to Lagos Nigeria. George fathered three children with his second wife Emily and eventually moved back to New York to work in television. George had a stint as the agent and manager for the photographer, W. Eugene Smith.

He went to work for ABC News as their head writer. George was also the press writer for Bobby Kennedy, close friend of Pierre Salinger and a documentary writer for the United Nations. George Orick lived on five Continents, visited all seven, and had visited more countries than most people can even name.

He moved the pole on the ice shelf in Antarctica during his tenure as the writer of ABC's 20/20 with Hugh Downs. On that expedition, he - along with Hugh Downs - saved a man's life, who had fallen into a crevasse. George went on to write an article about the experience that was later published in Reader's Digest.

George worked on behalf of the United Nations in Biafra during the Civil War with Nigeria. He wrote the interview for (for Barbara Walters and 20/20) with Tina Turner.

George, who helped create Nightline, was awarded a Peabody as the writer for the January 1980 special, with Ted Koppel interviewing, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.


MBA

The Roses

Whilst I gazed upon the climbing rose bush

admiring the bountiful buds

I anticipated the lavish and copious bloom.

I thought it best

to trim here and there

the twisted, thorny and formidable heart

to improve upon what I saw in nature.

But after a day or two had passed

I noticed the wilting branches

the many buds that now

would never bloom

from the damage I had done.

And I thought it better

that I should have left well enough alone.

-Peter Shatner


A searing tale of strangers who's fortunes are forever changed as they gather together to learn, laugh and love. A hedonistic story about the pursuit of the mind and flesh. Passion, lust, and betrayal rue the day, as the MBA program destroys the past and alters the future forever.

Laura is a brilliant and frustrated housewife who pursues a full time MBA with the intention of furthering her career and fulfilling a lifelong dream, only to find her unhappiness magnified by the freedom enjoyed by her younger classmates. In this, her second childhood, Laura explores the limits of her mind and her marriage.


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