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Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture

Posted on July 23, 2011

I listened to the audio book “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch for the second time. I felt that this time it was more meaningful. However, I will not go into any further detail of what meaning I derived from this book. I feel that this book will touch different people in different ways. So, I decided to go away from my format of 3 Do’s and instead give out as much detail about Randy Pausch as I can so as to generate enough interest to read this unique book.

Bio From Wikipedia

Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular  YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.  (read more here)

YouTube Video: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The video below is one hour and 16 minutes long and if you do not have that much time then there are other shorter videos that I have listed out below. However, I highly encourage you to watch at least some portion of the actual speech which was the starting point.

Shorter Version of the Last Lecture on Oprah Winfrey Show.

This is a shorter version only 4 minutes long but I still prefer the longer one because the message comes clear.

Randy Pausch Dies: Good Morning America news report

I had to add this video because some of you may be thinking that how can a person who has gone through chemo, radiation and surgery still look so healthy.

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