From The Flower Raj Encyclopaedia
Peter Norman Roberts (aka 'Pete the Rat', born UK, c1940 - died Moline, USA, c1997).
- Peter was born in England. His mother was from Germany. He graduated from Oxford University in 1963 & returned to London where he share a flat with Steven Abrams & was friendly with Jasper Newsome, amongst many others. He travelled to India in 1966 & had many adventures, visiting Arthur C Clarke in Colombo, taking in Calcutta & living in Banaras.
From Banaras Peter joined Swami Damodaranand Bharati in North Kerala, where he received instruction & care, especially when his major epilepsy was cured by a long series of Ayurvedic treatments.
Returning to the UK he sold, first clothes under the arches at Portobello Market, and then Pianos from a shop in Kilburn.
He married and moved to the USA, living in Moline, Illinois with his wife & stepson & running retail outlets, believed to be a head shop or two.
He died in Moline c1997, shortly after a last visit to the UK in 1996.
Family / Children
- Married once, believed divorced.
- One stepson.
- Nothing yet.
- Remembrances for Peter Roberts a page of memories.
- Sour Power(.pdf) article by Steve Abrams, IT April 1978.