How many of you remember the movie "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray. It's the story of a cantankerous news reporter sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover Punxstawny Phil the groundhog to report on whether the little woodchuck would see it's shadow or not signaling either a short or long winter depending upon what "he" see's. Well in the movie Murray's character, Phil Connors is forced to relive groundhog day over and over in order to "get it right", vis a vie treating people the way one wants to be treated.
Well there is a woman in England who is experiencing a real life "groundhog day" movie in her daily life. Michelle Philpots, 47, is stuck in the year 1994. Philpots, 47, has her memory wiped clean each day — sometimes each minute — by anterograde amnesia, brought on by head injuries she suffered in two vehicle crashes more than 20 years ago. She wakes up every morning believing it is 1994, the last year from which she can conjure up memories.
Thus, for the Englishwoman, John Major is still prime mininster, Ace of Base tops the music charts, and "Forrest Gump" is the movie that everyone is flocking to see. And while such amnesia has been played to humorous effect in movies like "Groundhog Day" and "First 50 Dates" it can be sad and sometimes devastating for Philpots who recently sat down with NBC's Matt Lauer to discuss her amnesia.
Usually doing a sit-down interview with Matt Lauer live in front of millions of viewers would be unforgettable. But while appearing on TODAY Monday, guest Michelle Philpots forgot Lauer’s name before their talk was even finished.