In Praise of Memory
I did a radio show for a number of years in the early 90's with a news broadcaster named Dan Chabot. He had an encyclopedic memory of dates and trivia, maintaining a mammoth pile of news clippings and notations in an elaborate filing system back at his house. He was also a recovered alcoholic who had the total days of his sobriety at the tip of his tongue along with a laundry list of that particular day's historical items of note. I loved the guy, and enjoyed some of my most fulfilling moments behind the microphone on the radio with him on the other side of the glass in the tiny news booth just beyond my reach. We had fun, and shared a love of interesting anecdotes and really bad jokes.