There are only about a dozen people in the world with a condition called highly superior autobiographical memory, which allows them to recall nearly every moment of their lives.
This April, one of them will be in Fort Wayne.
She also happens to be an accomplished actress – she’s a five-time Golden Globe nominee and starred in the classic sitcom Taxi – a best-selling author, a comedienne, a women’s health activist and wife and mother.
Marilu Henner will be the keynote speaker April 25 for IPFW’s Tapestry 2014: A Day for You.
The annual fundraiser is designed to give women a day to take time off, learn something new and raise money for scholarship recipients.
And getting someone like Henner to make an appearance in Fort Wayne is no easy task for the event organizers.
It’s one of the hardest things we do all year, said Kathleen Jackson, Tapestry project manager.
At the end of each year’s event, Jackson said, organizers will ask attendees for suggestions on who should speak next year.
At past events, actresses Patricia Heaton and Molly Ringwald have been the speakers.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s someone we cannot afford, Jackson said of the suggestions. Speakers are expensive, and sometimes it takes a lot to get them to Fort Wayne.
But once organizers zeroed in on Henner, whose name came up among suggestions after this year’s event, she was excited to come, Jackson said.
Aside from Henner’s acting career, she’s written books on living a healthy lifestyle and has testified before Congress about women’s health.
She’s also recently appeared on The Apprentice television show and has written a book about her memory.
In an interview with AARP magazine this year, the 61-year-old said that if you pointed to a pair of shoes in her closet, she could tell you the day she purchased them.
Give her a year, and she can tell you what day of the week her birthday fell on, she said in the interview.
I’ve had this memory since I was 5-years-old, she told AARP. But I’ve exercised it through the years. So it’s got a very strong nature, but it’s also something I nurture. There are only about a dozen known cases worldwide.
Jackson hopes that Henner’s warm and funny personality will bring people through the doors for the event, which will be at Memorial Coliseum and costs $65 per person for open seating or $700 for a reserved table of 10.
She fits our demographic perfectly, Jackson said. She’s a comedienne, a health guru and a wife and mother. We think she’ll be entertaining.