Last night, entertainment reporter Katie McGee of CBS2 News in New York sat down with actress Marilu Henner to talk about a highly unusual medical condition. Henner apparently has what is called a Highly Superior Auto-Biographical Memory, or H-SAM. The “Taxi” actress is one of only about a dozen people in the United States with this gift/curse which allows her to remember every day with an insane level of detail.
“You say April 3, 1992 and all of a sudden the whole week starts presenting itself to me,” Henner tells McGee in the interview. “That was a Friday and I was in New York, actually. Early that week, on Monday the 30th, I had won $1,760 at a winner-take-all Academy Awards pool. It was a clean sweep of the Oscars, ‘Silence Of The Lambs’, Jodie Foster.”
In the interview, Henner explains a strange fact: it’s not that you lose and/or forget memories, it’s more like you misplace them.