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7.25.2008

"The Last Lecture" Is Over


On September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that is devouring his pancreas and that will claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.

He died last night.

I had heard of the book and his speeches over the last couple of months, but I haven't gotten around to reading/listening to them. But on vacation I read a blurb about him in Time's "100 Most Influential People" issue.This line made me tear up:
After showing the walls of his childhood bedroom covered with his drawings of rocket ships and math equations, he tells his audience, "If your kids want to paint their bedrooms, as a favor to me, let 'em do it."
I read that quote several times that day as I sat next to a pool, sunglasses on. I pretended to be wiping sweat from my face as I really was drying my eyes. And I think I'm going to tear up again.

30 comments:

mzchief said...

Randy Pausch more than proved that the attitude with which a person lives their life is what determines the quality of their life.

Anonymous said...

Realization of mortality surely brings a certain clarity to what is really important.

It is Pausch's courage in using his situation for good that will measure him "one of the good ones"

rov said...

Can you believe that Christmas is just 5 months from today!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Heaven recieved a mighty jolt when this man reached his heavenly home!! Awesome for all he did in the last months of his life. May GOD BLESS his WIFE AND CHILDREN....

Anonymous said...

some people are better off dead, some are not..which are you ?

Anonymous said...

In the lines of the CW song when it says "when you get the chance to sit it out or dance--I hope you dance", he was an example of someone who "danced". One of the best things you can do as a parent is to encourage your children to "dance" rather than "sit it out", when it comes to life's wholesome activities and challenges. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you just try, as opposed to quiting without even trying. He was a great inspiration to us all, and this world will miss him.

Anonymous said...

ALERT..CONSERVATIVES MOVED FROM PROTECTED TO ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST..MORE TO FOLLOW...

Anonymous said...

December 21 2012 is just around the cosmic corner.

Anonymous said...

What a guy!! If more people, me included, lived their lives like he lived his last days this world would be a much better place. I believe I'll start today. Thanks for the post Barry.

Anonymous said...

for the love of god man..try to get ahold of yourself..it's time to be a man, women and little children are allowed to cry..but not us, we must be strong for our families..and all the hott chicks!!!

Anonymous said...

Did Mzchief just write a comment with out bolding any terms? wow...

Anonymous said...

do chicks like to see a guy cry??

Anonymous said...

oh my god !!! BHO has just proclaimed to the french people that we are now calling them french fries again..is he trying to start some shit with the french, or what???

Anonymous said...

God is concerned with how you live your life before you find out your race is nearly run. Everyone believes in God after they find out they have a brain tumor. How about before?

Anonymous said...

May God bless his family.

Anonymous said...

If you have not read his book "The Last Lecture" please do so, what a great man. God Bless His Family.

Anonymous said...

11:45

Maybe, just maybe, we should be thankful for the time Pausch lived "in the light"

His testimony is enlightening to me and others. Maybe we can't catch/match your infallability, superiority but we make do with getting as close as possible.

Anonymous said...

Great story. I read the book and it made me have a new outlook on life. Pray for his kids and his family.

Also, lift all other people in this world with the terrible disease. It claims so many lives each year.

Thanks Barry for adding this to your blog.

Anonymous said...

I thank you too Barry. Saw this amazing man on Oprah's show. He was truly an inspiration.

"The purpose of life is not just to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make a difference that you lived at all".

I don't know who wrote that, but it is reflective of Pausch's life.

Anonymous said...

Two good men in less than 2 weeks -Tony Snow and Randy Pausch. In this world today we can ill afford to loose the good ones.

Anonymous said...

11:45, Do you think the thief on the Cross had the same opinion as yourself? I am glad to know there is someone out here who can tell me what God wants. Who are you to say, "Everyone believes in God after they find out they have a brain tumor"? That's a pretty crappy comment, a little judgemental don't you think? How do you know God didn't cause the brain tumor just to get the person to believe in him and except him because that is the only way the person would. I believe your comments cut the Lord a little short and you might need to be a little more selective. Those types of comments are exactly what drives people away from Church.

Anonymous said...

I think 11:45 has it right. Today's society says to be as materialistic as possible...and then a life changing event causes them to "find Jesus". I'm glad for these people who finally see the example Christ gave. However, If you have read the bible and know what it is you are supposed to do as a christian, why wait until you know the end is coming? The bible says to be a christian right now....be an example now if you know what is right. My guess it is too late to decide to "find Jesus" on your death bed after a long life leading people astray. If you don't like that idea....do as much as you can now....before you are laying on your death bed.
Well said 11:45.

Anonymous said...

2:27

"how do you know God didn't cause the brain tumor, etc......."

Explain your comment to a parent whose child has just been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

And then explain "judgemental" to us.

mark twain in drag said...

Loose is a condition in which something is not tight. Lose is to misplace or be defeated.

I think this is the most common error in the English language today. It was almost non-existent twenty years ago.

There is no hope for humanity.

Anonymous said...

4:02
Go change your dress.

Anonymous said...

2:27..........................
How can someone simultaneously believe and except god?


hint: ACCEPT

Anonymous said...

4:26, except is the correct word. 2:27 is pointing out that people will believe god does some things, and then except him from doing others.

June FN Cleaver said...

11:45 obviously hasn't read the book. Period.

Anonymous said...

i get it. i cried like a baby too. it struck a chord with me and i'm in the process of changing the way i live. god bless his family.

Anonymous said...

2:17...........................

A useful place to begin life-changing habits would be the shift key. It would greatly assist us half blind--3/4 drunk citizens.

There is no hope for humanity.