Were it not for Frank Mundus, the chalkboards on Amity Island might have been a lot quieter.
Mundus was the inspiration for Quint, the fearless shark hunter in Jaws. So said Mundus. Now, as for Peter Benchley...
The late Benchley was the author who wrote the best-selling thriller that Steven Spielberg turned into a blockbuster movie. And, as the New York Times reported this week, Benchley long maintained that the flinty Quint, played by Robert Shaw in the 1975 film, was not based on Mundus.
As for Mundus... Well, he was, as the Times put it, "clearly irked" at Benchley's denial.