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 on 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 and took £100million at the box office.
Fran Peek said his son met Morrow 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. Although the character was technically fictional, Fran Peek said his son was every bit as amazing as Hoffman’s portrayal of him.
After his birth in 1951, Peek’s parents were advised to place him in an institution for the mentally disabled. They refused and he was brought up alongside his brother and sister in Utah. 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 simple tasks such as dressing himself. National Public Radio’s Howard Berkes reported for the American broadcaster from Salt Lake City about the 58-year-old. He said: ‘Peek had severe mental handicaps but reportedly remembered everything he read and heard. He had difficulty with simple things like turning on lights or dressing himself, but his memory was legendary. Give him a date and he’d describe its events. Name a place and he’d name the zip code.’
According to Peek’s father, Fran, he was able to memorise things from the age of 16-20 months.
He read books, memorized them, and then placed them upside down on the shelf to show that he had finished reading them, a practice he maintained. He read a book in about an hour, and remembered almost everything he had read, memorising vast amounts of information in subjects ranging from history, literature, geography and numbers to sports, music and dates. His reading technique consisted of reading the left page with his left eye and the right page with his right eye and in this way he could read two pages at time with a rate of about 8-10 seconds per page. He could recall the content of some 12,000 books from memory.
In psychological testing, Peek scored below average with an IQ of 73.
‘Rain Man made Peek so famous he travelled the globe, displaying his talents as the real “Rain Man”,’ he added. Nasa studied him because his memory got better as he aged. But in the end, his memory was sharp but his heart gave out.
at the age of 58 – 58 évesen
title character – címszerepl?
Oscar-winning movie – Oscar-díjas film
heart attack – szívroham
to pronounce – (ki)nyilvánít
savant – tudós
hadicap – hátrány
remarkable – jelent?s
script – forgatókönyv
every bit – minden részlet
mentally disabled – szellemileg visszamaradott
mega-savant – szuper-tudós
zip code – irányítószám
with the rate of sg – valaminek az arányában
to maintain – fenntart
to give out – felmondja a szolgálatot
Actress Daryl Hannah was said to have been diagnosed as ‘borderline autistic’ at the age of three, but she has a successful career as an actress. She is probably best known for her role in the movies Splash and the Kill Bill series. Andy Kaufman (died 1984) was well-known for having a very strange and outlandish sense of humor. He is another actor thought to have had autism. Two very well known artists, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol may have had autism. Perhaps some of the most well-known people to have this condition were born before an actual diagnosis could be made. Examples are Sir Isaac Newton (mathematician), Wolfgang Mozart (composer/musician), Charles Darwin (naturalist/scientist), and Michelangelo (painter/sculptor/architect/poet).
Hogyan fordítanád le a következ? mondatokat?
a, But his motor skills were limited; he couldn’t perform simple tasks such as dressing himself.
b, Although the character was technically fictional, Fran Peek said his son was every bit as amazing as Hoffman’s portrayal of him.
c, Peek had severe mental handicaps but reportedly remembered everything he read and heard.