1949 – 2000
Who was Peter McWilliams?
Peter Alexander McWilliams was born in Allen Park, Michigan on August 5, 1949. Early on Peter developed a zest for creativity. In 1967, while still in his teens, Peter began publishing his own works of poetry long before the instant Internet. "Come Love With Me & Be My Life" started a series of best-selling poetry books.
In 1971 Peter co-wrote "Surviving the Loss of a Love," with his therapist Melba Colgrove, Ph.D., and Harold Bloomfield, M.D. Now called: "How to Survive the Loss of a Love," this book has sold more than two million copies. Peter also became interested in meditation and co-wrote the New York Times Bestseller, "The TM Book" plus "The Personal Computer Book." Peter's prolific writings also included New York Times bestsellers: "LIFE 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned About Life In School—But Didn't," "DO IT! Let's Get Off Our Buts" and "LOVE 101: To Love Oneself Is the Beginning of a Lifelong Romance" among them. In 1992 he published his first book of lush photography called "Portraits."
Peter was also passionate about personal freedom as long as it would not harm others. In 1993 he wrote "Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country." In 1994, after battling his own depression and successfully conquering it, he co-wrote a book with Harold Bloomfield, M.D., "How to Heal Depression." This was followed by "Hypericum (St. John's Wort) and Depression." These books show how depression can be cured through natural means.
In later years, Peter became an outspoken activist for the use of medicinal marijuana. He was diagnosed with both Cancer and AIDS and found that marijuana was the cure for the nausea he suffered as a side-effect of his medications. Peter embraced the Libertarian Party when he spoke at their convention (please see video below). Sadly, Peter passed away in 2000 after his courageous fight against his dis-eases and after championing the use of medicinal marijuana.
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