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Randy Pausch July 2012

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Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture

  1. Famous for a book called "Really Achieving your Childhood Dreams"
  2. Gave "last lecture" at Carnegie Hall in front of 400 person audience
  3. Lost battle with Pancreatic on July 5th, 2008
  4. Inspired many people to "celebrate the dreams we all strive to make into reality

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.

Randy's lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities. Sadly, Randy lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all, for generations to come.

This the link to Randy Pausch's home page and CMU
Born October 23, 1960
Last Lecture September 18, 2007
Died July 25, 2008

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