Happens in the old car world as well. I'm the Secretary of my local old car club, so HAVE to remember everyone's names, but I've found when talking to other members about a third party, I need to remember their vehicle, so not 'John Smith' but 'John with the blue 65' Holden'. The other commonality is that established and longer term member
couples are known as 'Fred and Ginger'. No need for surname or car brand.
Another good trick I remember, to add to the one posted up thread, when I've forgotten someone's name, I introduce a third person whose name I DO remember, and as they respond I'm reminded of the name I'd forgotten. So, "Hey, have you guys met before? This is Fred with the Model-A Ford." [The forgotten person responds:] "Oh, hello, I'm Graham, and this is Donna, ours is the '72 Corvette".
[Thinks to myself: ahh, that's right, Graham and Donna Winkelboom, '72 Corvette, Rodeo Drive, Craptown...]
officer can remember people's Membership
numbers. We all hate him though, so it doesn't matter. He's the 'fun police' who decides whether or not a car is 'eligible' for our local heritage motoring scheme - lower rego costs, included insurances etc. He's know as 'that bastard Gavin', or just 'Gavin' if you're being polite. No one ever asks, "Who's Gavin?"