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# 128 Talker on The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch
With great respect given here, with condolences to the Pausch family,
‘what a way to go’. That I could leave words and lessons of this nature for my family, would please me greatly. Alas though, my tribute will only pale in comparison to those of Mr Pausch.
My blog posts relate to numerous events, blending certain experiences, and truth as I know it, into a readable story, that will to some degree, let the family know of my thinking processes and how experienced.
‘Last Lecture’ professor dies at 47
The Last Lecture: 5 Evergreen Lessons
Randy Pausch and the
family he left behind
Click here to watch his extraordinary video
It seems the closer one is to death, the more genuine one becomes. And the more courageous one is to speak his truth – and nothing but the truth.
This was certainly the case with Randy Pausch, diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September of 2006, who died July 25th at his home in Virginia.
Randy Pausch was computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon
His September 2007 “last lecture” became Internet sensation, best-seller
Pausch’s lecture celebrated living the life he always dreamed.
Randy Pausch is a married father of three, a very popular professor at
Carnegie Mellon University—and he is dying. He is suffering from
pancreatic cancer, which he says has returned after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Doctors say he has only a few months to live.
In September 2007, Randy gave a final lecture to his students at Carnegie Mellon that has since been downloaded more than a million times on the Internet. “There’s an academic tradition called the ‘Last Lecture.’
Hypothetically, if you knew you were going to die and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students?” Randy says. “Well, for me, there’s an elephant in the room. And the elephant in the room, for me, it wasn’t hypothetical.”
Despite the lecture’s wide popularity, Randy says he really only intended his words for his three small children. “I think it’s great that so many people have benefited from this lecture, but the truth of the matter is that I didn’t really even give it to the 400 people at Carnegie Mellon who came.
I only wrote this lecture for three people, and when they’re older, they’ll watch it,” he says.