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Man who inspired the character in ‘Rain Man' has died
KSL-TV ^ | 12/21/09 | KSL

Posted on 12/21/2009 2:30:33 PM PST by Andyman

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah man who inspired Dustin Hoffman's character in the movie "Rain Man" has died.

Kim Peek, 58, collapsed at his home in Salt Lake City on Saturday from what his dad says was a massive heart attack.

Kim couldn't do simple things like turning on a light or dressing himself because the membrane that allows the right and left hemisphere to talk to each other was missing.

Kim was a unique megasavant. He was able to recall most everything he read or heard -- from zip codes to historical events -- and he could do it in seconds.

In an unprecedented study in 2004, NASA scientists began studying Kim's brain, hoping to find out why his recall continued to get better, even though he was aging.

In blog sites now appearing from around the country, people are saying "there never will be another person quite like Kim. His talents were unique and spectacular. And the love and bond between he and his dad Fran was inspirational."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: disorders; hollywood; psychology; rainman

1 posted on 12/21/2009 2:30:34 PM PST by Andyman
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To: Andyman

RIP


2 posted on 12/21/2009 2:31:47 PM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Andyman

Sorry to hear it.


3 posted on 12/21/2009 2:36:15 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night! (remember the reason for the season))
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To: Andyman

Kim was INCREDIBLE. A lovely person. This is a great loss to us all.


4 posted on 12/21/2009 2:36:29 PM PST by redhead (Redhead: That's me: Shovel ready, with the bullseye already on my back.)
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To: Andyman
R.I.P.

Kim was an amazing human being.

Video Tribute to Kim Peek

5 posted on 12/21/2009 2:37:13 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Andyman

6 posted on 12/21/2009 2:39:00 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Andyman

Saw him one time at my undergrad institution, when he was touring. Amazing savant abilities!


7 posted on 12/21/2009 2:41:16 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Conservatives unite behind conservative Republicans in the primaries!)
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To: Andyman

Saw him one time at my undergrad institution, when he was touring. Amazing savant abilities!


8 posted on 12/21/2009 2:41:16 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Conservatives unite behind conservative Republicans in the primaries!)
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To: Andyman

“KMart sucks!”


9 posted on 12/21/2009 2:46:00 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Bon mots
R.I.P. Mr. Peek.

Damn, the comments there are appaling, very sad to know there are people like that.

10 posted on 12/21/2009 2:50:41 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Harry Reid - Pimp of the US Senate)
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To: Bon mots
R.I.P. Mr. Peek.

Damn, the comments there are appalling, very sad to know there are people like that.

11 posted on 12/21/2009 2:51:01 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Harry Reid - Pimp of the US Senate)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Damn, the comments there are appalling, very sad to know there are people like that.

Youtube is very popular with zoo monkeys. Pay no attention to the imbeciles. Mostly just Obama voters... nothing to worry about until election day.

12 posted on 12/21/2009 2:55:25 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Andyman

“Uh oh, fifteen minutes to Judge Wapner.”


13 posted on 12/21/2009 2:56:44 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Socialism is hip until somebody loses a paycheck)
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To: Andyman

Fascinating man. Prayers for his father who will miss him terribly.


14 posted on 12/21/2009 3:01:18 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Bon mots
Youtube is very popular with zoo monkeys.

It's even worse than the DUmp, and that's not an easy accomplishment, wow.

15 posted on 12/21/2009 3:01:41 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Harry Reid - Pimp of the US Senate)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
You were saying ...

Damn, the comments there are appalling, very sad to know there are people like that.

Wow! It's amazing! What did that guy do to deserve that? Some people are apparently filled with hate.

A sample of one guy...


Kim Peek, you will not be missed, and may you rot in hell, you fat, ugly, disgusting retard.

Everyone that liked this motherf**ker should join his dead rotting *ss and blow their head off.

You douchebags make me sick. This was a f**kin' retard. Whop de f**king doo!

You should all be ashamed of yourselves.


[ Editied with " ** " on certain words, that I'm sure you can figure out... ]

16 posted on 12/21/2009 3:02:55 PM PST by Star Traveler (At Christmas - remember to keep "Christ" in the One-World Government that we look forward to)
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To: Star Traveler

Very sad, isn’t it?

Merry Christmas, S.T.


17 posted on 12/21/2009 3:11:36 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Harry Reid - Pimp of the US Senate)
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To: Star Traveler

Like I said, zoo monkeys and Obama voters.

Not worth repeating or getting upset as that is what the wretched little trolls love the most.


18 posted on 12/21/2009 3:11:55 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Las Vegas Ron

You too... :-)


19 posted on 12/21/2009 3:12:21 PM PST by Star Traveler (At Christmas - remember to keep "Christ" in the One-World Government that we look forward to)
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To: Andyman

People with autism and people with Ph.D.s seem to have in common that extraordinary intelligence in one way seems almost always to require extreme deficiencies and dysfunction in others.


20 posted on 12/21/2009 3:19:59 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: Andyman

“Very sparkly”

(RIP)


21 posted on 12/21/2009 3:38:47 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (If you need a < / sarc> tag, you're not paying attention.)
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To: Andyman

I wonder if his brain is being donated for research. It sounds like it could be uniquely revealing.


22 posted on 12/21/2009 3:39:19 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Comparative Advantage

Quantas.


23 posted on 12/21/2009 3:46:23 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: Bon mots
Kim was an amazing human being.

Wow, he truly was........

I think what we are witnessing in these savants is a crack in the window of evolution that is allowing us a glimpse into the future of the potential of the human brain.

24 posted on 12/21/2009 3:48:54 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: Andyman

Ummm..., I’m looking at that series of videos on Kim, and his dad said that they first noticed Kim’s abilities when he was two years old and he pulled the encyclopedia off the bottom shelf of the bookcase. He read eight volumes and memorized it... !!

I went, “Huh?!” Like... who taught a two-year old to read in the first place and then he memorizes 8 volumes of the encyclopedia... hoo-boy!


25 posted on 12/21/2009 3:49:12 PM PST by Star Traveler (At Christmas - remember to keep "Christ" in the One-World Government that we look forward to)
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To: redhead

While Kim was incredible and a jewel, the true hero of this story is his father, who never once wavered in his love and care for his son.

Through thick and thin, for 58 years, he stood by his boy and did everything necessary to allow Kim to live the life that God had planned for him.


26 posted on 12/21/2009 3:49:48 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Andyman

What a wonderful human being. RIP, Kim. And may God Richly Bless your father.


27 posted on 12/21/2009 3:57:57 PM PST by LiberConservative (Global Warming/'Climate Change": Biggest Scam in History)
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To: El Gato

Thanks for the photo


28 posted on 12/21/2009 4:00:31 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Hot Tabasco
Yep.
There is a professor that can produce that in people for a short time.

Temporary Savant

29 posted on 12/21/2009 4:06:33 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots
There is a professor that can produce that in people for a short time.

What's with the prof. wearing the gangsta hat sideways? Is he Borg hiding the circuits in the back of his head? Interesting video but a creepy prof........

30 posted on 12/21/2009 4:21:45 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: Star Traveler

“Vengeance is mine!” sayeth the Lord.

The hateful trolls who made those coments will get their just due!


31 posted on 12/21/2009 6:01:46 PM PST by Joe Marine 76 ("Are you talking to me?")
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To: Joe Marine 76

sorry... “comments”


32 posted on 12/21/2009 6:02:43 PM PST by Joe Marine 76 ("Are you talking to me?")
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To: Ronin
"While Kim was incredible and a jewel, the true hero of this story is his father, who never once wavered in his love and care for his son.

Through thick and thin, for 58 years, he stood by his boy and did everything necessary to allow Kim to live the life that God had planned for him.

Oh, my, YES. I used to worry for Kim, and how he would manage without his faithful father. God has taken care of that, and now, Fran can prepare for his own journey. What a beautiful pair of lives. :o(

33 posted on 12/21/2009 6:03:36 PM PST by redhead (Redhead: That's me: Shovel ready, with the bullseye already on my back.)
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To: Andyman
Here is a five-part YouTube playlist about the life of Kim Peek (opens in new window):

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C8CF2635D90E60D0

Silly

34 posted on 12/21/2009 6:08:05 PM PST by Silly ("Okay, I'm getting just a little sick of this bereaved chicken-widow crap!")
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To: Andyman

Book marking for later


35 posted on 12/21/2009 6:18:32 PM PST by TinCan
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

My older brother had a type of autism..he is similar to the “Rain Man”. Tell him what your birthday is..date month and year and he will tell you what day your were born, he has a thing for maps and numbers, he will tell you what athlete wore what uniform in what game and from what yard line or how far from the hoop or how many bases were stolen, you name it. He was tested and has “ superior intelligence”. He is socially inept, hyper, loud etc and a sweet guy. I am lucky he is my brother.


36 posted on 12/21/2009 8:23:49 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Andyman

RIP.


37 posted on 12/21/2009 9:17:05 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Hot Tabasco
What's with the prof. wearing the gangsta hat sideways? Is he Borg hiding the circuits in the back of his head? Interesting video but a creepy prof........

Yeah, Young Frankenstein-ish, no?

I guess he thought it made him look cool, and it perhaps it hides his bald spot very nicely, like where he burned off all of his hair while experimenting on his own brain with microwaves...


38 posted on 12/22/2009 1:30:24 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Andyman
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39 posted on 12/22/2009 2:05:05 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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