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Eric Williams
Eric Williams is a screenwriter whose credits include Mad City, Lip Service and other wonderful, criminally unmade scripts. He is the writer/director of Unforgettable, the award-winning documentary about his brother Brad, one of the few people in the world being studied for highly superior autobiographical memory. For more information on the film, visit

Blog Entries by Eric Williams

Historical Mashups: Visuals From a Year of "Triviazoids"

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 2:37 PM

With a December 31 entry marking Edison's introduction of the incandescent street lamp, in addition to the birthdays of Gandhi (well, Ben Kingsley) and Hannibal Lecter (actually, Anthony Hopkins), my brother Brad has completed a full year of Triviazoids, his trivia blog in which he finds curious and...

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"The Best Imitation" of Ben Folds

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 11:52 AM

The closest I've ever come to being a Deadhead was for Ben Folds.

Listening in awe to one track after another at a CD-listening station at Tower Records, I was instantly hooked by his blatantly misnamed power trio, Ben Folds Five, and their 1995 self-titled debut album, a...

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The Snap-Cracklin' Pop of the Wellingtons

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 5:06 PM

In his boisterous directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!", Tom Hanks's record-executive character Mr. White makes the following request of the songwriter for the one-hit Wonders (nee Oneders):

"I want something peppy, something happy, something up-tempo. I want something snappy."

Mr. White would have loved the Wellingtons.

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10 Signs of Absurdity

(26) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 2:39 PM

On the Internet, we are so inundated with the slipshod, the slapdash, the barely -- or never -- proofed, that errors, silliness or the just-plain-odd seem to confront us with every refreshed webpage. But for something nutty or peculiar to make it all the way to completion as a finished...

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Pop-Culture Spin-Offs I'd Like to See

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 12:08 PM

These days, it seems that a movie can't get made unless it has first been a comic book, a board game, a toy or a breakfast cereal. (Seriously, what's holding up that buddy-cop movie where streetwise Sugar Bear and by-the-book Cap'n Crunch pursue the Cocoa Puffs cuckoo bird?) And you're...

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Rick Baron Remembered (Boy, Did He Ever)

(37) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 8:37 AM


The "fab five" of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, as profiled on "60 Minutes" -- Bob Petrella, Brad Williams, Rick Baron, Marilu Henner, Louise Owen. PHOTO: Nan Collett

According to Wikipedia, notable people who have died on July 15 through the years include...

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What Have You Won for Me Lately?

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 3:14 PM

"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story." -- Orson Welles

This Sunday, millions of people will witness exactly the same event. Approximately half will find this event exhilarating and life-affirming. The other half will find this event horribly depressing and unfair,...

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F***ing up the Charts: on F-Words and Music

(8) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 11:49 AM

You may have heard the song, "F**k You", by Gnarls Barkley vocalist Cee Lo Green. It swept across the internet way back in August, which in viral-video terms makes it a golden oldie. When I first learned that a song with that title was creating a buzz online, my initial...

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The Unforgettable Adventures of "The Human Google"

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 3:10 PM

Four years ago this month, the Huffington Post changed my life. And my brother's.

In March, 2006, I spotted a link on the main page of HuffPost that led me to an ABC News article headlined:

Woman With Perfect Memory Baffles Scientists
Patient Remembers Every...

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Spinning Donuts In The Parking Lot Of Life

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 2:49 PM

More years ago than I care to admit, I spent a frigid Christmas Eve packing nearly everything I owned into a used brown Chevette hatchback in preparation for a move to Los Angeles. I had just graduated from the University of Wisconsin on the coldest day my skin has ever...

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The Bizarro Decade

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 11:58 AM

“May you live in interesting times.” – Anonymous

“On second thought…” – Me

Growing up, I sometimes regretted that I had missed out on the “Swingin’ Sixties,” with all of that decade's societal upheavals and explosions of creative freedom.  Sure, you had a divisive and costly war, and I could...

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Annotated Steele

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2009 | 11:37 AM

I caught a little of Michael Steele's speech on CNN today as he addressed the Republican National Committee State Chairmen, setting the party on its new course. When I had the chance to read through the full text, a few thoughts struck me. And before I get accused of...

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Nattering Nabobs of Negativism '09

(50) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 9:59 AM

The Republicans seem to be taking "opposition party" as their sole defining characteristic as they flounder for their place in the new political landscape. Considering how much they bitched when they controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress, it's not surprising that their current situation would leave them...

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Santa Claus Asks Congress For Bailout

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2008 | 11:10 AM

(Washington) Internationally known philanthropist Santa Claus made a surprise appearance before Congress today to request a massive loan to keep his workshop open, asserting that, without an immediate infusion of cash, "This may be the year without a Christmas."

Mr. Claus, age unknown, offered...

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Red Ink/Black Ink

(6) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 1:06 PM

Last week, General Motors announced second-quarter losses of $15.5 billion. For the same period, Exxon Mobil reported the best quarterly profit EVER for a corporation: $11.68 billion.

Since it's clear that the real money is in oil rather than automobiles, isn't the obvious solution for General Motors to merge with...

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The War on Christmas in July

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2008 | 5:05 PM

On a recent visit to my mother's house in Wisconsin, a single day's mail included a dozen entreaties for money. Many were from worthy charities -- cancer research, the heart fund, injured vets, CARE -- but ones to which she had already generously donated this year. Two envelopes were from...

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Mike Huckabee: The Dope From Hope

(17) Comments | Posted January 3, 2008 | 9:26 AM

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has made oodles of gaffes in recent days, but here's one more blunder for Iowa's caucasians to ponder before they caucus:

CNN: Presidential candidates relaunch Letterman and Leno shows

The return of TV's late-night funnymen after a two-month strike hiatus turned into a bizarre mix...
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What Was A TV Network, Uncle Eric?

(11) Comments | Posted December 30, 2007 | 8:08 PM

I spent Christmas week in a world without network television, during which I saw a vision of the Ghost of Entertainment Future which ought to scare the bejesus out of the writers and the producers enough to get them back to the bargaining table.

As my family...

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No Industry For Old Men

(4) Comments | Posted December 13, 2007 | 9:43 AM

As the Writers Guild strike has ground to its current impasse, I have started to see the negotiators from the AMPTP as the boardroom equivalent of Anton Chigurh, the implacable, single-minded killer brought to indelible life by Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men. The producers might have allowed...

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My Brother's Unforgettable Memory

(12) Comments | Posted December 11, 2007 | 11:17 AM

What if you could remember, in detail, nearly every day of your life?

My brother Brad can.

Mention the date May 15, 1972, and Brad will tell you it was the day Governor George Wallace was shot by an attempted assassin. It was also the second night...

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