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Friday, January 7, 2011

Marilu Henner of "Taxi" Fame -- Follow Friday

Why would I want to follow the actress, Marilu Henner? If you are a news junkie, you already know, but if not, let me explain. Ms. Henner has a condition, I want. It is called Superior Autobiographical Memory, or hyperthymesia. Marilu has appeared recently on "60 Minutes" and just the other day on "The Today Show" and spoke about her rare condition. Although, has spoken of it in the past, those two recent shows were the first times I'd heard of it. I don't know a whole lot about her, other than watching her on "Taxi" and "The Apprentice" of which she didn't win, and a few movies. There are a lot of photos of her through Google images, I'm certain most of you will recognize her.


Can you imagine what it would be like, as a genealogist, to remember everything your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or any other member of the family ever told you about their lives? Does she even know what genealogy is? Here, I couldn't even remember how to spell her name, or what I needed at the grocery store.


I wonder if she has traced her lineage to see if anybody else in her tree had the same condition.  Could it be heredity? I don't know, but she did mention that her son also has the ability to recall what happened on such and such a date. Imagine that you would never be wrong with dates, events, and who said what. I could live with that.



10 comments:

imagespast said...

I’ve awarded you the Ancestor Approved award (which Jennie awarded to me) for your blog that I really enjoy reading - thank you. You can read about the award in this post http://imagespast.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/ancestor-approved-award and you can also copy the Ancestor Approved graphic. Look forward to your further blogs :-) Happy New Year! Jo

Susan Petersen said...

I recently read this about Marilu Henner. A couple years ago (no, I don't know the date!) one of the news magazines like 60 Minutes interviewed someone who has this condition. She seemed to think it was a curse rather than a blessing because so much of her thoughts were focused on this ability. I think it would be great if the person had the ability to turn it on and off at will.

Betty said...

I was always a big fan of Marilu Henner on "Taxi", but I did not know about her hyperthymesia. Can't imagine what it would be like to have such a condition! I think it would be overwhelming!! Talk about information overload!!!

Carol said...

Very interesting. A curse and a blessing. Wow!

A rootdigger said...

i think you'd have to know what date it is that day. I could go days without knowing what exact date it was. So recalling an event would be tough. Maybe those with that condition have to know all the details from first arising out of bed. Iwould need lots of vacations from it. Makes me think of Monk. Funny what people are born with these days.

Greta Koehl said...

I had heard of this condition, but I had no idea she had it. Very interesting!

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you all for the comments about Marilu Henner.

And Jo, thank you very much for the Ancestor Approved Award. I appreciate it (I'll respond to your link.)

Mavis said...

Very interesting. I knew who Marilu was but haven't really kept up with her since the days of Taxi. I think this gift would be both a curse and a blessing.

Michelle Goodrum said...

Fascinating. As a genealogist what a wonderful condition to have. Although, if there were days or events in your life you would rather forget about, I could see where it would be a curse.

Barbara Poole said...

Mavis and Michelle, I guess we don't have to deal with it, but the memory could come in handy at times!