Peter Ashlock


Peter Ashlock was born in Berkeley, California to parents who valued culture and education. His father, Rex Ashlock was an artist and teacher of painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the stabilizing influence in his life. His mother, Renee, a native of Berkeley, was a journalist fascinated with metaphysics and the occult. Due to a childhood interest in ancient Egypt, shortly after separating from Rex in 1957, she found a way to visit Egypt for several months with her two children, Margaret age thirteen, and Peter age nine, who she took out of school.

Due to the bullying in public school and tensions between himself and his mother, in 1962 Mrs. Ashlock enrolled him in Shimber Beris. Eventually, due to conflicts with Dr. Burden, in 1963 Peter contrived to be thrown out of Shimber Beris.

After studying animation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1971, he attended the San Francisco Art Institute focusing on animation. He attended graduate school at Yale University where he studied animation under Academy Award winning animator John Hubley.

Due to the appearance of a lengthy newspaper article in 1986 (see menu for newspaper accounts) Peter wanted to record the story of the Burdens and their school in it's entirety. He had first written about his experiences with the school in the nineteen nineties, publishing his memoir on his personal website. However, lacking the ultimate source of information that Daphne represented, this project had to be postponed. The turning point came when Daphne contacted him January of 2010 and agreed to participate in the project.

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