What is it - to remember all my life

What is it - to remember all my life

Brad Williams, mnemonist, 56 years old:

"On any given day, I can tell you of the last 53 years, where he was, that passed in the news and what it was the day of the week. And since the age of four. I have no technique, and I do not rely on mnemonic. To answer the question, what happened ten years ago, just as easy for me as to remember what I had for breakfast.

As a child I did not understand that in this unusual - to remember everything that happens in life. I thought all that they can. The first time I connected the date and the memories in his fourth birthday. And since then, if I wanted to remember what day it was or that event, I mentally imagined the calendar this year, and leafed through his imagination. I had developed a child - to two years already knew how to read - but no programs for gifted children did not exist, and I was in a very ordinary school.

After university I worked as a news presenter on the radio, and an absolute memory is very useful to me in when it came to interviews and the collection of materials. And in Trivial Pursuit (in the Russian version of the game "happy event" -. Esquire) I will be hard to beat.

Five years ago, my brother Eric learned that the University of California professor of neurobiology James McGough is conducting a study of mechanisms of memory. After many tests, I was recognized as the first person in the world with high precision autobiographical memory syndrome - Hyperthymesia. Since Hyperthymesia with another 20 people have been found, but as they say, I work better in "extraction system": I do better than others, it turns right to get from the archive. But the feeling that the brain is full of information, I have not. I have learned to keep the information accurate. When I think of something sad, I'm doing the same as everyone else - try to escape. And I do not think that memory prevents me to do it, or that I feel more acutely than others. I remember the day when there was the grandfather - April 29, 1968 - and the sadness that I felt on the eve of his death, when we come to him in the hospital. But I also remember that the premiere of the musical "Hair" on Broadway was held on the same day, and these memories arise in my head at the same time. I can easily remember any ordinary day. Many people remember what they did on September 11, and for me every day - 11 September. 23 years ago my brother and I were driving in the car and a word game, I still remember them: fish, watermelon, tooth drum ... Call me any date, say, December 26, 1962, and I will tell what happened in that day. We were at my grandfather's farm, and I still feel as cold feet tiled floor and I remember the smell of burning wood in the kiln. Now I even have its own transmission on the radio titled "Who is Brad", during which listeners can call and ask me about any day.

Ever since people learned of my ability, they often ask, what happened on the day of their birth. Sometimes he does not particularly stands out, and I'm telling you all sorts of interesting facts about the previous or next day. Sometimes, people get annoyed. They think I'm too noshus with his memory. I try not to enter into controversy because there are always going to have rights, but it does not add to the popularity. And when people make mistakes in the facts, I'm in no hurry to correct them. Not that I know everything. I'm invincible, if we are talking about facts that have a direct relation to me, or the events that I learned of the news. But I'm pretty easy to catch if you ask for something that does not interest me.

Now, when I was declared the man with the abilities I worry that memory has become not what it used to be. Maybe it's age. Or maybe I just spilled? It's a shame to turn from Mr. Google in a person who does not remember anything.

Despite the amazing memory I often lose my keys. To find them, I can not, but, unlike the others, I can remember exactly what day it happened. "