Kim Peek, Inspiration for the movie, 'Rain Man'

Mr. Peek was not autistic — not all savants are autistic and not all autistics are savants — but he was born with severe brain abnormalities that impaired his physical coordination and made ordinary reasoning difficult.

He could not dress himself or brush his teeth without help.

He found metaphoric language incomprehensible and conceptualization baffling.

By the time Kim Peek passed away in 2009, he had perfectly memorized 12,000 books.

One reason he was able to put away so many books is that he could read them two pages at once, one page with each eye.

It is claimed Peek had an eidetic memory, or photographic memory, reportedly being able to recall 98 percent of everything he ever experienced in perfect detail.

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