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Thread #26793   Message #327356
Posted By: Jim Dixon
25-Oct-00 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Trouble remembering names?
Subject: RE: Trouble remembering names?
Yeah, remembering names has always been a problem for me, too. Oddly enough, other kinds of knowledge stick in my memory amazingly well. I'll bet I could still diagram a sentence exactly the way my 5th grade teacher taught me - although I can't remember her name, and I'm not even sure it was 5th grade!

I don't even bother trying to remember phone numbers. Right now, there are only 3 phone numbers I know without looking them up: My home number, my work number, and my mother's home number, which happens to be the same as when I lived there 45 years ago!

It's funny when my wife and I watch a movie together. I will often recognize an actor that I have seen before, and I can visualize the scene he was in, the character he played, and maybe even some of the dialogue, but I can't remember the actor's name or the name of the movie. My wife, on the other hand, often doesn't recognize the actor, but if I succeed in describing the movie in enough detail, she can usually come up with the title and sometimes the actor's name! Then she'll say, "Really? Are you sure it's the same guy?" Then we look it up in a reference book (My favorite is Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever 2000.) and it usually proves I'm right.

By the way, I collect reference books, and lately it seems I use them more for refreshing my memory instead of looking up new things.

I prefer to watch movies at home on video instead of in a theater, because, for one thing, I can take notes! There are some movies, especially mysteries, that I would never understand if I didn't keep a list of the characters' names.

I have been known to rent movies without realizing (until I get them home and my wife sees them) that I have seen them before.

I take notes when I read a novel, too. Every time a new character is introduced, I write his name in the end papers along with the page number. Then if I get confused later, I can look him up.

The fact that I have often neglected to do this probably accounts for the fact that there are many novels I have started and never finished. Especially if I start a novel and put it aside for a few days, on picking it up again I find myself hopelessly confused about who the characters are.

The multi-part Masterpiece Theater stories give me trouble, too.