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Peter, Laurence Johnston (16 September 1919–12 January 1990), educator and writer, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Victor Peter, an actor, and Vincenta Steves. Peter grew up amid poverty and described his childhood as “a primitive style of life,” in which survival dictated that everything be “functional” and that the family get the “maximum use of our limited resources.” His home was “just a shack,” and the family cut wood for fuel and grew most of their own food. “It was unthinkable to waste anything” (Boyer, p. A26)....