07.11.19 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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In 1905, Sigmund Freud coined the term “childhood amnesia.” It describes the inability of adults to recall our earliest memories, a phenomenon that psychologists continue to research today.

One study found that few adults can remember anything that happened in our lives before the age of three—go on, try it—and determined that memories begin fading at age seven. Research has also shown that emotions play a role in storing our memories and that at a certain age our experiences become more meaningful to us, leading to stronger recall.

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Chris McCarrell leads ‘The Lightning Thief’ national tour

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Chris McCarrell knew he wasn’t done playing the titular lead he originated in “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” when the popular Off-Broadway production came to a close in 2017.

“My dream growing up was to get with a show at its ground level and truly watch it become what it needed to become,” the openly LGBTQ, 28 year-old performer says. “I just couldn’t sit at home while I knew people were seeing ‘The Lightning Thief’ and I wasn’t there. When I was offered the tour, I knew that if anyone was going to carry this character to the next step of the show, it had to be me.”

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