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Kim Peek has passed on

Posted Dec 21 2009 5:50pm

I was literally just about to write a post referencing Kim Peek when I found this story on the news: Father says Kim Peek, Utah man who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s ‘Rain Man’ character, dies at 58.

Kim Peek was a savant. He was the inspiration for the character Dustin Hoffman played in the movie “Rain Man”. This movie was and likely still is what many outside the autism communities think of when the hear the word “autism”. Interestingly, Mr. Peek was not autistic as such, but had a condition called “Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum” or ACC.

I tried to contact Mr. Peek earlier in the year for an interview on LBRB.

Here are some videos about the man.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mr. Peek. I was actually worried that Mr. Peek’s father may have passed on. Kim Peek was very dependent on his father.

I wish Fran Peek well in getting past the loss of a child he obviously loved and who brought him joy. Episode 5 in the above series shows some of the relationship between father and son.

“My father and I share the same shadow” —Kim Peek

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