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Special Segment (Intelligence/Communication) #561124

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 10, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Chicago, Illinois: Bill Schechner) Retarded child Eddie Bonafie featured. Eddie shown beautifully playing piano. Child noted suffering from disorder called savant syndrome. Bonafie noted barely able to see, can count only to ten and not able to read much. Child's musical genius noted obvious; scenes shown. Teacher Nancy Newman shown playing passage once and Bonafie plays it perfectly. [NEWMAN -praises Eddie's talent.] Bonafie family noted moving to US from Puerto Rico unaware of talent. [MOTHER - (thru translator) describes discovery of musical nature and how believes God granted him way to express himself.] [BONAFIE - answers reporter's question through music.] Intelligence noted therefore existing without words. [Dr. Leon MILLER - comments on how Bonafie thinks about his music.] [BONAFIE - reads about cats.] Boy shown playfully taking sheet music from teacher's hand. [BONAFIE - says he's being silly.] Experts quoted with regard to savant victims. Child shown playing song.

Brokaw, Tom;
Schechner, Bill

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