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Remembering Randy Pausch – for the first time

Posted by sanityinjection on July 25, 2008

I must admit that until today I had no idea who Randy Pausch was. Apparently I should have been paying better attention, because Pausch’s book, The Last Lecture, is currently atop the best-seller list for nonfiction.

Pausch died today of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47. Reading about his life and work, I was struck by the fact that this man, whose lifespan was cut unnaturally short, seems to have lived more fully than some people would in 100 years. One doesn’t normally conjure up a computer science professor as the image of a cool guy with a well-rounded life. But how many of us can say, as Pausch did, that we have fulfilled almost all of our childhood dreams? How many of us face the challenges in our lives with cheerfulness and a positive outlook? How many of us turn our own adversity into something that helps others?

I don’t know if Pausch was rich, and until the last year of his life, neither was he famous. But based on the little I have learned, there is no question in my mind that Randy Pausch was a success, in every possible way.

This is worth a few moments of your time to read:


One Response to “Remembering Randy Pausch – for the first time”

  1. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his three beautiful children who were the inspiration for the lecture.

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