RIP Kim Peek AKA Rain Man

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  1. Ofc.Phan

    Ofc.Phan formerly retro23phan

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    Father: Utah man who inspired 'Rain Man' dies (AP)


    Source: AP 1 hour, 11 minutes ago

    Buzz up!
    SALT LAKE CITY - The man who inspired the title character in the Oscar-winning movie "Rain Man" has died.

    Kim Peek was 58. His father, Fran, says Peek had a major heart attack Saturday morning and was pronounced dead at a hospital in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray.

    Peek was a savant with a remarkable memory and inspired writer Barry Morrow when he wrote "Rain Man," the 1988 movie that won four Academy Awards.

    Fran Peek said his son met Morrow at a convention in the early 1980s and the writer was taken with Peek's knack for retaining everything he heard. Morrow wrote the script, and the movie went on to win Oscars for best film and best actor for Dustin Hoffman, whose repetitive rants about being an excellent driver and the "People's Court" about to start were a hit with moviegoers.

    Although the character was technically fictional, Fran Peek said his son was every bit as amazing as Hoffman's portrayal of him. And Kim's true character showed when he toured the world, helping dispel misconceptions about mental disabilities.

    "It was just unbelievable, all the things that he knew," Fran Peek said Monday. "He traveled 5,500 miles short of 3 million air miles and talked to nearly 60 million people - half have been students."

    In his later years, Peek was classified as a "mega-savant" who was a genius in about 15 different subjects, from history and literature and geography to numbers, sports, music and dates. But his motor skills were limited; he couldn't perform some simple tasks like dressing himself.

    NASA scientists had been studying Peek, hoping that technology used to study the effects of space travel on the brain would help explain his mental capabilities.

    Fran Peek says the funeral will be next Tuesday in Taylorsville. Details were pending.
     
  2. that dude173

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    [​IMG] RIP.
     
  3. daproblem53

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    damn mad people dying lately =/....RIP
     
  4. Ofc.Phan

    Ofc.Phan formerly retro23phan

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    his story helped me in two classes this semester. both classes i wrote papers on savant syndrome.
     
  5. illmatic34

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    Yet another famous person dying...R.I.P.
     
  6. neighb0rh00d

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    WTH.
     
  7. coolnificent

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    Famous? Really?

    R.I.P. anyway [​IMG]
     
  8. ooiron manoo

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    Really, because people have been dying everyday for a very long time....

    RIP to this man I knew very little about, sounds like he lived a full life despite his situation.
     
  9. pj and bompton

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    they say celebrities die in 3's...there's #3...
     
  10. across 110th st

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    so he was a genius but not a genius?
     
  11. pdm 87

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    I had the privilege of speaking with him and his dad on a number of different occasions. Best one was when I asked him to tell me Lincoln's GettysburgAddress, he replied with "97 Taneytown Road Gettysburg Pennsylvania, 17325... but he was only there for one day."

    One of the funniest things i've ever heard.
     
  12. purple face

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    I wonder if he'll buy his casket from K-Mart? [​IMG]
     
  13. calikix88

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    R.I.P.
     
  14. sixfoot nathan

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    yeah, like everyday [​IMG]
     
  15. layla

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    RIP
     
  16. nash

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    weak
     
  17. georgehimself

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    Hot water burn baby...
     
  18. jasoner27

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    WOW.....RIP to this man. his pops must be hurting
     
  19. syrnerd

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    R.I.P. The way his dad took care of him was the true meaning of a father's love.
     
  20. datrealballa12

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    RIP ..That man was 1 of a kind
     
  21. mht214

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    Yes.



    RIP
     
  22. mateen cleaves

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    RIP [​IMG]
     
  23. flyjr22

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    he was a Intellectual genius that lacked basic skills
     
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  25. wanksta23

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    damn [​IMG]

    RIP...great documentary on him on wshh