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.
Peter Shatner has an autobiographical novel about his experience called, "The Search" which is looking for a publisher.
Other works by Peter Shatner include:
T.C. which is a novel which takes place in 1972, an inexperienced 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 he is the minority, where the past is left at the threshold of the vestibule and race, gender and sexual 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 Theraputic Community in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.
T.C. the screenplay:
I am currently writing a script for my film T.C. which is based upon a true story about a Therapeutic Community that existed in Hell's Kitchen during the early 1970's located between 9th and 10th avenue on 50th Street. The "house" was run by former graduates of Phoenix House who were formerly convicts and drug addicts. The program was overseen by two esteemed psychiatrists and under the auspices of Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The story centers around the treatment of adolescents ages 12 through 17 - mostly Black and Latino - and follows a naive white 14 year-old teen through the program as he attempts to lie his way in to escape his overbearing father and his own failings. The teens engage in assigned job functions and attend encounter groups - known as "The Game" - three times a week to relieve the pressure and open-up in a way that few human beings are allowed to experience at such a tender age.
The house is run by Executive Director Willie B. who is an African American whose experience as a former heroin addict and 5 years in Attica prison give him perspective and poise. Willie sets an example to the children of T.C. of strength, morality, honesty and deep empathy. His love for the residents of T.C. is unquestioned and he is their rock. Willie rarely raises his voice, he doesn't have to, as he command instant respect. He is the exemplar of grace and coolness.
The cast is an eclectic mix and includes a Jewish body builder who runs the facility as the Executive Director. Every aspect of human experience is explored in this psychodrama from the seventies.
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MBA is a searing novel about 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.