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cardvomit

Definitely wasn't Jordan Peterson, he has only become popular recently. Contextually he appears to be referencing a director or playwright - as in JOI alluding to some past influential work. A quick search pulls up director Wolfgang Peterson, maybe the allusion was to the film *Das Boot* which takes place in a submarine, if I remember correctly the descriptions of the *Cage* films were fairly claustrophobic - but I may be remembering a description for a different one of JOI's films.


platykurt

Sidney Peterson https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Peterson


bob_thefish

On page 896, Hal references 'Sleepy' T.P. Peterson (one of the academy kids) as coming into the same viewer room they were in. Hope this helps!


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Three different viable answers here lmao


satinslipperz

as with all things Infinite Jest...


Der_Arschloch

It's absolutely Sidney Peterson, because he is speaking about the *Cage*, which is a 1947 Sidney Peterson film.