Marvin Petal was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1948, with
a degree in journalism. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1952 and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. After
returning to LA, he worked for the LA Herald Examiner, and KTLA television station. He also did post-graduate work at UCLA.
The Twilight Zone episode, "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" was adapted by Rod Serling from Petal’s story "The Depository."
He covered business and economics for McGraw Hill World News for 22 years, writing stories for Business Week and other McGraw
magazines. He was Bureau Chief in London, Tokyo and Los Angeles and he became European editor in 1975. After his retirement
from McGraw Hill, Petal did writing, editorial and public relations work for various publications and businesses He moved
from Santa Monica to Oxnard in 1991 and became active in his local community.
Marvin Petal died on April 17, 2013, in Oxnard at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Diane,
his former wife Ruth, three children, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Youth Court and Municipal Court were dramatized court television series which were produced by Los Angeles TV station KTLA
and Paramount Television in 1959 and 1960. They aired in LA on KTLA during that time. The scripts were written by Marvin Petal
for Hollis Productions. James Tracy was the producer of Youth Court and Larry Menkin was the producer of Municipal Court.
Youth Court was produced in collaboration with multiple departments in Los Angeles County - the Juvenile Court, the Probation
Department, and the California Youth Authority.