Saturday, U.S.A. Memory Championship
- Con Edison will once again host the U.S.A. Memory Championship. The 2007 event
takes place Saturday, March 10, in the auditorium at 4 Irving Place, from 8:40
a.m. to 5 p.m. Spectators are welcome.
We need a few more judges. Please let me know if you'd like to volunteer.
People from all over the country will rack their brains competing for the
title of U.S.A. Memory Champion. Depending on the event, the contestants will
have 5 to 15 minutes to memorize a 1,000-digit number; 500 words in sequence;
99 names and faces; an unpublished, unrhymed poem; or the sequence of cards in
a shuffled deck. More details are at http://www.usamemorychampionship.com/
The event will be televised on April 17th by high-definition cable channel
HDNET. Last year's winner Joshua Foer signed a $1.2 million dollar book deal
with Penguin Press for his story. Paramount Pictures has acquired the screen
"The youngest of the fabulous Foer brothers has concluded his first book
According to industry sources, Penguin Press, a division of Penguin
Group (USA), beat out five other publishers with a $1.2 million bid on
Monday to become the publisher of Moonwalking with Einstein: A Journey
into Memory and Mind by Joshua Foer."
"Moonwalking profiles the subculture of "memory athletes" who compete in
national and international meets. A freelance science writer, Mr. Foer
has written about the mnemonic strategies the contestants use, and even
entered the USA National Memory Championship earlier this year, winning
top prize. "
"Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to the Joshua Foer book
Moonwalking With Einstein in a preemptive deal and will develop it as a
potential directing vehicle for Nacho Libre and School of Rock
screenwriter Mike White, according to Variety."
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