Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm Saddened...

Randy Pausch, the man behind the infamous Last Lecture, passed on this morning. From the website...

At Carnegie Mellon, he was a professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design, and was recognized as a pioneer of virtual reality research. On campus, he became known for his flamboyance and showmanship as a teacher and mentor.

The speech last fall was part of a series Carnegie Mellon called "The Last Lecture," where professors were asked to think about what matters to them most and give a hypothetical final talk. The name of the lecture series was changed to "Journeys" before Pausch spoke, something he joked about in his lecture.

"I thought, damn, I finally nailed the venue and they renamed it," he said.
He told the packed auditorium he fulfilled almost all his childhood dreams — being in zero gravity, writing an article in the World Book Encyclopedia and working with the Walt Disney Co.

The one that eluded him? Playing in the National Football League.

Full text of the article can be found at:

If you haven't watched The Last Lecture you simply must! I saw this on Oprah and it was amazing!

Rest in Peace Dr. Pausch and know that you have moved many a person...

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