Joey Taylor has learned a lot in his seven years. In many ways, Joey is a typical first grader. He spends some of his spare time building Legos or watching Wipeout. But unlike many of his peers, Joey has been fascinated with dates of past events, both personal and historic. At the age of four he became enamored with Donald O’Connor’s magnificent performance of “Make ’Em Laugh” in the classic 1952 movie Singin’ in the Rain. After watching it incessantly, Joey went online and checked out Mr. O’Connor’s biography on Wikipedia. Three years later, Joey can still tell you when Mr. O’Connor was born, when he died, how he died, and when the movie was released.
"When Joey was five, he was intrigued with the planets and the solar system,” recalls John, his dad. “Last year after researching the history of skyscrapers around the world, he memorized the dates they were constructed and how tall each one was. After that he created his whole family tree on ancestry.com.”
After building a large family tree on ancestry.com, Joey switched his attention to U.S. Presidents. He has now memorized more facts and trivia concerning facts about presidents than most of us learn in a lifetime.
What makes this so interesting is that Joey Taylor's parents claim that he did this on his own. His parents reportedly helped very little, other than making the materials available. Joey built the family tree, studied presidents, memorized facts about old movies, and studied skyscrapers, all without adult assistance.
He was recently featured on the Today Show with Amy Robach, the show’s anchor.
You can read more about Joey Taylor at http://www.lakemarylife.com/author/samantha/ (scroll down about three-fourths the way to the bottom of the page) as well as at http://goo.gl/1U7Uy and in an NBC video at http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/46438956#46438956 or click on the image below: