March 3, 2004 — Kim Peek, the mega savant, who inspired the movie “Rain Man”, will be coming to the Utah Museum of Natural History in conjunction with the Memory Exhibit, currently on display from the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Peek will speak on Friday, March 5 at 2:00 pm and again on Saturday, March 6 at 1:00 pm. Regular museum admission applies for both events, $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids. U of U students, faculty and staff get in free with a current school I.D.
Kim Peek was the inspiration for Barry Morrow’s Academy Award winning movie, “Rain Man.” Not autistic (as was Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal), Kim is a unique mega savant. He is a warm, loving, social person who has total recall capabilities (photographic mind) and vast knowledge of numerous subjects. His fetal brain damage has affected some of his motor sensors, but his brain gives him remarkable and awesome intellectual abilities.
Since March 1989, when the 1988 movie “Rain Man” received its four Oscars, Kim has interacted with over 2,150,000 people. Some 1,000,000-plus have been students. His message: Recognize and respect differences in others and treat them, as you want them to treat you. This will give us the kind of world we want for all of us. Share. Care. Be your best!
If you have been with Kim, then you know the immensity and diversity of his knowledge bank and his recall capabilities. If you haven’t heard Kim answer almost any question about nearly any subject, then his one-of-a-kind brain will amaze you.
Subjects Kim will discuss: World History; U.S. History; Current Events; Professional Football; Basketball, Baseball, Boxing; Horse Racing; most College Sports, Personalities and Team Activities; Classical Music & Composers; Operas; Literature & Authors; Shakespeare; The Space Program; Geography; Rulers of Countries; The Bible; Religions; Calendar Dates, Movies & Academy Winners; TV Stations; Area Codes; Zip Codes and Telephone Systems.
The public is invited to come and ask Kim questions. He will provide immediate answers without the aid of books or notes. Kim encourages people to bring the answers, so you can double-check his responses.