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Peter Benchley, who served as a speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson, and who was both journalist and conservationist during a long career, died Saturday at age 65. The cause: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive and fatal scarring of the lungs.

He was also known for a little novel that begat a film that managed to keep a lot of people from swimming in the ocean for a long, long time: “Jaws.”
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