REMARKABLE AND GIFTED CHILDREN ARE THE SUBJECTS
OF "CHILD PRODIGIES," A "60 MINUTES" SPECIAL JULY 1 ON CBS
One girl wants to play against men in the most competitive golf tournament in the world. She's that good. A boy genius wants to cure diseases, bring peace to the world and design space stations. Don't bet against him. A boy who could be the next Beethoven has already composed more than half the number of symphonies the great composer wrote. A Beethoven symphony took months or years to write; this boy wrote one in a few hours. They're all under 15 and among the most remarkable and gifted children 60 MINUTES has ever encountered. And they and others will be featured on "Child Prodigies," a 60 MINUTES special to be broadcast Friday July 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Michelle Wie was 14 when she became the youngest person to compete against men on the PGA Tour. And why not? With a drive as long as the pros and the confidence to go with it, it's no wonder she tells Steve Kroft her goal is to play in the world-famous Master's Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course, where women can't even be members.
Nine-year-old Greg Smith has an IQ in the top one-quarter to one-half percent of IQs in the entire world and can't wait to get out of school so he can pursue his lofty goals. What does he tell Ed Bradley he wants to do after curing diseases, bringing about peace and populating space? He wants to go to the White House and continue pursuing his goals as president.
Jay Greenberg's 13-year-old mind unconsciously creates music at lightning speed and he keeps up with it by writing pieces and entire symphonies at a rate that puts him in the top few composing prodigies ever. He amazes Scott Pelley and his teachers at the world- famous Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
Other prodigies include people with Williams Syndrome, a special group of individuals Morley Safer will never forget.