Monday, February 1, 2010
The most prodigious savant of all--Kim Peek
Kim Peek, who inspired director Barry Morrow to write the movie "Rainman", was considered the greatest living savant with incredible memory capabilities. He knew about history, music, days of the week on any given date, remembered every book he had ever read, maps to everywhere, memorized phone books, etc.
He died in Dec. He was considered a prodigious savant, 1 of 10. His dad, who is in his 90's, was his constant companion. Kim could not dress himself, or shave or cook.
Here is a NY Times article about him and his death: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/us/27peek.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
Dr. Darold Treffert is the foremost authority on savants. His website gives you all kinds of info and also gives you links to many savants: http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/
This is a documentary about Kim Peek:
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2T45r5G3kA
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJjAbs-3kc8&feature=related
part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Auufbu_ZdDI&feature=channel
part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRPxMDj33S4&feature=channel
part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1aA5osvYgY&feature=channel