|Posted by Malcolm McGregor on January 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM|
I, Jennie, feel extremely fortunate to have met one of life's many wonders and it has to be said that when I met Kim Meek I, like everyone else that came into contact with him, was completely blown away by his vast knowledge.
The only word for this extraordinary man is 'Awesome'. I feel privileged to have met him and to have played a small part in the Rain Man film. God Bless You Kim Peek, for you were and always will be an inspiration to many many people and also God Bless your father for his ability to see what others in so called higher professions could not. You will always be remembered and admired.
Kim Peek may have been the world's most famous savant. Dustin Hoffman portrayed a character based on Peek in the 1988 film Rain Man, which triggered hundreds of news stories and documentaries about the man with "islands of remarkable abilities in a sea of disabilities," as scientists described him.
According to his father, Peek suffered a heart attack Saturday at his home in Murray, Utah. He was 58. Kim Peek couldn't operate a light switch or button his shirt. But his memory was so vast and deep and exact, he was compared to a computer. In fact, some called him "Kim-puter."
"He had a bottomless memory," recalls Daniel Christensen, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah's Neuropsychiatric Institute. During the past 20 years, Christensen examined, tested and travelled with Peek.