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Marilu Henner Remembers Every Day of Her Life (Superior Autobiographical Memory)
CBS News ^ | 12/20/2010 | staff

Posted on 12/20/2010 5:24:01 PM PST by Kid Shelleen

Can you imagine remembering every single day of your life?

That's what actress Marilu Henner says she can do.

On "The Early Show" Monday, Henner -- one of only six people recognized in the world as having a rare gift called superior autobiographical memory -- explained what life is like remembering every day of her life. Henner and others with the same ability were profiled Sunday on "60 Minutes."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: autobiographical; mariluhenner; memories; memory; recall; totalrecall
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1 posted on 12/20/2010 5:24:03 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

Or she just think she does.


2 posted on 12/20/2010 5:26:20 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Some days are meant to be forgotten.


3 posted on 12/20/2010 5:30:10 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Or she just think she does.

No, the people that are recognized as having autobiographical memories are real.

They've been tested, and remember things that can be verified, like events that can be found in newspaper archives.

4 posted on 12/20/2010 5:32:34 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: justlurking
They've been tested, and remember things that can be verified,

I saw that and it was truly amazing what those folks are able to remember........

5 posted on 12/20/2010 5:35:36 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: justlurking

It must be some memory, didn’t she sleep with all her costars?

From the article, she mostly remembered dates of events.


6 posted on 12/20/2010 5:36:55 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Hot Tabasco; justlurking; MIchaelTArchangel; The Comedian

So, you’ve met my wife I see.......


7 posted on 12/20/2010 5:37:49 PM PST by onona (dbada)
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To: Kid Shelleen
How hard is it to remember this:
My Life. I was a hottie on "Taxi." The end.
?

anyways, how about some pics? FR used to have rules about these things.

8 posted on 12/20/2010 5:40:24 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: Kid Shelleen; BillyBoy; Perdogg; Impy; GOPsterinMA

I remember when she was on Bob Costas’ old Later show and he tested her and pulled a date out of his head... the day the astronauts landed on the moon, July 20, 1969, and she said it was the day she lost her virginity... in the shower. Ole Bob wasn’t expecting THAT response.


9 posted on 12/20/2010 5:43:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Wonder if she remembers her real name? - Mary Lucy Denise Pudlowski.


10 posted on 12/20/2010 5:45:33 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Unfortunately, I have an unusual memory as well. I remember everything like it was 5 minutes ago and remember the times things happened but not exact dates like those people last night did. I remember conversations I had with my sister since the age of 3. I remember every wrong and every right done to me since then by family, friends, boyfriends. I remember every teacher of every grade, every friend. I do not do well with memorization from books in education but remember books read for pleasure and can quote them 25 years later. When flying, I remember passengers I flew to a destination and surprise them when they are headed home by telling them the seat they had, the drink they had and even what they were wearing when I saw them a week before. I remember every minute of the surprise party my parents gave me when I turned 5 and what songs were played. (They were into Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Karen Carpenter,)

It is good but bad. Like one of the people said last night, you remember every awful thing that happened to you like it was yesterday. And I do. The pain of illnesses and deaths of relatives and friends, being cheated on or lied to- it never fades. But, on the flip side, the wonderful moments and times in my life stay brand new as well.


11 posted on 12/20/2010 5:48:48 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

I remember Barry Farber telling about his memory. Said he could remember when he walked standing up under the table and didn’t touch it. He couldn’t talk yet but he remembers it all very well. I can’t remember diddley!


12 posted on 12/20/2010 5:52:16 PM PST by GrannyK
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To: Hot Tabasco
A more widespread phenomenon is to remember printed pages, or precise conversations or debates that took place over several days ~ or even years.

You access things pretty much the way Ms. Henner does ~ and as you dig down ~ more like "drift down" through it ~ you see it.

People who write extensive bodies of regulations or laws usually have access to someone who can do this ~ frequently they can do it themselves.

Just like a DVD the scenes pop up that are associated with the rules, etc., and you can look around to see who was there and report back on who said what and what the arguments were.

Henner's thing is more detailed since it's like she has the dates associated with the material. The rule writers link up more with the structural development or etiology of the rule development than with outside references like dates.

Frankly I gave up trying to remember it all when I was about 10 or 11 years of age. Used to reflect on all my memories working my way backward to the age of 4 when there'd be a big skip over to 2 ~ there is no age 3 in my own structure, so I wouldn't make it in any sort of competition with Henner.

The amount of energy expended making the reviews to keep current, and arrange coherent links must be incredible. One of my cousins at 2 removes does something like Henner does ~ but she focuses on marriages and divorces in the United States ~ all of them. She's not terribly well structured beyond that. Bill Clinton had met me about 1973. One day I saw him at the Jerry's Pizza on US 1 in Alexandria (in Fairfax county) as I was driving down the road in my van. I looked over just as he looked at me (while he was stroking the breasts of a hooker he'd gotten pinned up against a black pick up he'd borrowed) and waved like he knew me.

Simply amazing. BTW, that was back in 1992 when the Democrats rented a partially completed office building a few blocks away just over Beacon Hill to use for their Presidential Campaign headquarters.

I am sure Bill remembers that moment as clearly as anything Ms. Henner can remember.

Bill will never be in her class of half a dozen people because much of his material is UNSTRUCTURED, or simply organized relationally to women he's dealt with one way or the other.

13 posted on 12/20/2010 5:55:03 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Amazing.

How do you manage to stay quiet at, say, parties or reunions when people resurrect events that they don’t remember quite correctly?

“No it was fourteen seconds after eight a.m. and I recall a green Ford with a black poodle in the back seat passed us in front of the White Castle on Four-hundred-ninety-second street and....”


14 posted on 12/20/2010 5:56:59 PM PST by dblup
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To: onona

LOL

I heard about this yesterday and that was my first thought.


15 posted on 12/20/2010 5:58:39 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously..... You won't live through it anyway.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
you remember every awful thing that happened to you like it was yesterday.

True but only if you bring them out of the closet of your mind...........We all vividly remember the bad things in our lives, those are engraved permanently but only surface when we think about them. It's not like they remain forefront of every thing we do or remember.

I can remember bad things that happened when I was in the army but only when I think about them. Primarily tho, when I reflect on my Army experiences, the memories that jump to the forefront are the good times I had........

16 posted on 12/20/2010 5:59:51 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I saw them on 60 minutes (her and 4 others) The biggest plus was never losing an arguement due to that memory..lol


17 posted on 12/20/2010 6:00:23 PM PST by fml
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
During the Nam I avoided all the death reports ~ until one day it was reported to me that my best friend had been killed flying out of Marble Mountain.

I spent time over the years trying to find some of the guys who knew him in the Marines, and after 30 years I found the CO of the flight.

He remembered every second of that day, every name, every broken bone, ever bullet hole, every bullet fragment, every everything like it was happening live. Best of all he remembered my best friend exactly as I remembered him.

Gooey Gomez, a friend to many Freepers for many years, was on that flight.

That moment of contact still brings tears to my eyes in seconds ~ and that's going on right now.

This is both a good thing and a terrible burden.

18 posted on 12/20/2010 6:02:33 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

For what it is worth story is Clinton can remember phone numbers, addresses, faces and other things from decades ago. Me I got to see you about six times before the name gets connected with the face.


19 posted on 12/20/2010 6:04:06 PM PST by nomorelurker
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To: nomorelurker

I can de-link the names as I walk away, but remember the faces forever, and even the conversations.


20 posted on 12/20/2010 6:07:40 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Kid Shelleen
HA! She's a kook. (But a cute one.)

Mary Lucy Denise Pudlowsk

21 posted on 12/20/2010 6:08:04 PM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Autobiographical human memory is real ... I have seen other interviews with tests conducted... There is also a whole range of memory capability that I call ‘visual cataloging’... My own memory - while not even close to matching Marilu Henner’s even amazes me at times... And I grew up with it...

My particular brand of memory is very visual, triggered by events and situations... But when it happens an amazing amount of detail spills out... Similar to what Henner said - conversations are very often remembered exactly, what was worn by me and others at that meeting, angle and position of stance, documents - such as notations on the side margin, angle of writing, color of ink, location in a pile of documents - the list is endless...

But what astounds me personally is how long back my memory goes — to about 15 months old (which I have documented to my satisfaction) then again at 18 months old... and on and on... These memories are not just vague blurred scenes but played out like a sharp video...

I have had to learn to turn if off and/or not use it ... Such a ‘talent’ is not conducive to personal relationships... It is like having a perfect atomic clock on your wrist - most people don’t care down to the millisecond and don’t want to know...

My sales staff back in the 90’s hated sales meetings - without notes I could rattle off every detail of what every salesman was supposed to be doing over the past several weeks (contacts, follow ups and such - who - what - when - where - why, etc. And they couldn’t do this even with written notes... huge gaps in what they could recall - even with pages of notes.

The story could go on and on... One time in a civil suit - I went on and on in excruciating detail about the events and facts being disputed - non stop with points accentuated like bullets on a typed page. The jury just stared - silently not even whispering to each other ... then within an hour ruled in my favor...

There is good and bad in all this - but on balance - not all that helpful - because other humans are involved who can’t remember the details and often think I am just BSing. But not.


22 posted on 12/20/2010 6:09:26 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: nomorelurker
BTW, Billzo supposedly never needed a rolladex or schedule book. But he misrepresents the past frequently, and mostly following a pattern ~ he gets it backward ~ which is what rule writers can do (you have to to figure out where they screwed up and what they actually did to make things the way they are today).

I don't know if it's conscious with him that he's working backwards but he mixes up cause and effect!

23 posted on 12/20/2010 6:10:05 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: dblup

How do you manage to stay quiet at, say, parties or reunions when people resurrect events that they don’t remember quite correctly?

“No it was fourteen seconds after eight a.m. and I recall a green Ford with a black poodle in the back seat passed us in front of the White Castle on Four-hundred-ninety-second street and....”

************************

It often turns out to be a BIG PAIN - you learn to keep your mouth shut ... or just gloss over it... there are not many rewards in having a cataloging visual memory... Personally there is - but socially it is problematic ...


24 posted on 12/20/2010 6:14:32 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: Kid Shelleen

Will someone PLEASE remember where the hell Obama put his original birth certificate?


25 posted on 12/20/2010 6:17:24 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: justlurking

I forgot what I was going to write.


26 posted on 12/20/2010 6:18:55 PM PST by Lance Romance
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She’s a anti-milk vegan fanatical freak.


27 posted on 12/20/2010 6:24:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: smokingfrog; Lazamataz

Either she was remembering her time with Lazamataz or they needed to turn down the air conditioning.


28 posted on 12/20/2010 6:26:16 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: GrannyK

I even remember being potty trained at 3 years old. I also remember throwing my bottle out of the crib for the last time probably around sometime when I was 2-ish and my mother chastising my older sister for still wanting her bottle.(She is 352 days older than me. We’re Catholic.)
And I do remember having to pull myself way up to the counter to see what was on it. So I was smaller than what, 36 inches?
My sister had the same memory but after using a certain birth control she had what I think were some mini strokes and has lost her long term memory. She now refers to mine knowing how clear and exact it is.
Funny thing though, she and I also share the same thoughts. I live in Georgia and she is in Seattle. We have bought the same clothes, books, checks, CDs sometimes on the same day. We have called each other and gotten busy signals despite having call waiting as we are calling each other at the exact same second. One night, after I got out of the shower, I took the lid off my Q-tip holder and was going to reach for one but dropped the lid and almost started crying. I put my hands over my ears and backed out of the room trying not to wail. I didn’t understand it but found out the next day that my sister had punctured her eardrum with a Q-tip the day before. 3500 miles away.


29 posted on 12/20/2010 6:33:22 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Kid Shelleen

Okay. The first day, no, my vacation, what I did on my summer vacation, the first day on my vacation, I woke up.
Then, I went downtown to look for a job.
Then I hung out in front of the drugstore.
The second day on my summer vacation, I woke up.
Then I went downtown to look for a job.
Then I hung out in front of the drugstore.
The third day on my summer vacation, I woke up...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

30 posted on 12/20/2010 6:41:15 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

she may remember every day of her life right now but can she remember her past lives? lol


31 posted on 12/20/2010 6:42:59 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT ( JC Webster's fav words: "the boiling pits of sewage" roflmao)
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To: dblup

Sometimes it really sucks. My husband is used to it and now knows not to question anything I say. I think he is disappointed that I didn’t go further in life. I am also a speed reader and can inhale a book a day+. My father has the same memory and I turn to him if I am ever troubled. He has a gift of sifting throught the chaff and getting to the wheat in an hour conversation and summing it up in one sentence and giving the absolute solution.
My thoughts are random and I talk like that sometimes. I really have to work to control it and usually keep my mouth shut. My brain works nonstop, even when I sleep and I am unable to nap as my brain stays revved up. I have been called the Rain Man but didn’t take it in any way as a compliment. This is the first time I have talked about it. The show last night almost made me cry because I have always felt like a freak. My memory is not as good as theirs as I don’t have the exact month and date in my mind but absolutely remember every event.


32 posted on 12/20/2010 6:45:58 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: dblup

No it was fourteen seconds after eight a.m. and I recall a green Ford with a black poodle in the back seat passed us in front of the White Castle on Four-hundred-ninety-second street and....”

That was the poodle who ate 6 doubles with cheese and an order of clam strips for breakfast.. It was a grand torino and the driver was a woman in a wool cap. It said NY Giants on the cap and she was all pissed off because her tickets to the Giant bs Eagle game didn’t come through. I believe it was November 19, 1978.

My bet is that was her memory after Sunday’s game.


33 posted on 12/20/2010 6:47:05 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
Seriously, I wonder if she remembers when everything was red, then dark, then red again, then dark, and there were things growing on the big thing and you could put 'em in your mouth ~ hmm.

Past lives, if any, are pushed a billion billion years in back of that red/dark stuff so if you remembered any of it it's gotta' be just a highlight or something.

34 posted on 12/20/2010 6:47:48 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

:*(

I am so very sorry.


35 posted on 12/20/2010 6:48:11 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
Wow that's intense.

You sound like a Twilight Zone episode.

Try more whiskey. Makes the painful memories go away. And, the other memories, whatever they were. Also, the less-dedicated family members...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

36 posted on 12/20/2010 6:48:42 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: The Comedian
didn't you get a job keeping people from hanging out at the drugstore ?
37 posted on 12/20/2010 6:49:34 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Does anyone remember watching “as the world turns?”


38 posted on 12/20/2010 6:53:14 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: The Comedian

Then, I got a job... keeping people from hanging out in front of the drugstore.


39 posted on 12/20/2010 6:57:14 PM PST by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Oh my, I have heard of these experiences between twins...but nothing like this. My brother is 2 yrs. older than me & I often jog his memory about our childhood. Sometimes I don’t know if I remember it or just have been told about it so many times that I think I remember it. He has had a stroke & left side is bad but his mind is still sharp as a tack, thank goodness.


40 posted on 12/20/2010 7:40:07 PM PST by GrannyK
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To: muawiyah

yeah like remembering when she was born-surely she should remember that with such a superior memory


41 posted on 12/20/2010 7:44:37 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT ( JC Webster's fav words: "the boiling pits of sewage" roflmao)
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To: ICCtheWay
what is the difference between a photographic memory and and a superior autobiographical memory ?
42 posted on 12/20/2010 7:51:58 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: GrannyK

Well, you and I are in the same boat....maybe age is part of the problem...but there are young granny’s also...:O) goat granny.....GG


43 posted on 12/20/2010 7:57:25 PM PST by goat granny (Great dad's are a blessing to son's but more so to daughters...)
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To: dblup
“No it was fourteen seconds after eight a.m. and I recall a green Ford with a black poodle in the back seat passed us in front of the White Castle on Four-hundred-ninety-second street and....”

My wife scares me sometimes when we're traveling. We'll go through some podunk town that we went through YEARS ago, and to me it was like the first time I've ever been there - and she'll say "Oh look, those people have repainted their house blue" - or, "They've moved the mailbox to the other side of the driveway." Maybe she's yanking my chain but she's been right before.

44 posted on 12/20/2010 8:03:50 PM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I watched this on 60 Minutes last night...amazing people.


45 posted on 12/20/2010 8:07:58 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

“Can you imagine remembering every single day of your life?”

Yes, I can imagine it - and it would surely be hell on Earth.


46 posted on 12/20/2010 8:14:29 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Kid Shelleen

Both are probably similar definitions - perhaps according to depth of memory ... I believe the term photographic is a older term that is not near as well descriptive as autobiographic...

I prefer the term visual cataloging memory or some derivation there of...

I believe there are people with a snap shot type of photographic memory - who may over a grocery check out counter glance at your checkbook as you are writing a check and instantly memorize everything on the check... I can’t do that unless I concentrate on it intensely ... and big holes are likely to occur even if I tried... But there are some (I believe) who can do it without much effort....


47 posted on 12/20/2010 8:34:55 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Kid Shelleen; BillyBoy; Perdogg; Impy

Marilu Henner...a hottie.
And she likes watersports, NICE!!!


48 posted on 12/20/2010 8:47:03 PM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: dblup

I remember a lot like she does,not exact dates but can remeber everything I am told and know when I am being lied to.Have dropped many friends over the years for that.It’s a blessing and a curse all at once.


49 posted on 12/20/2010 9:34:14 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: dblup

I remember a lot like she does,not exact dates but can remeber everything I am told and know when I am being lied to.Have dropped many friends over the years for that.It’s a blessing and a curse all at once.


50 posted on 12/20/2010 9:34:31 PM PST by chris_bdba
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