Friday, September 21, 2007

Randy Pausch

Charles Gibson's "Person of the Week."

Jen and Randy at our house
Randy, Liam and Don

Don and Randy ETC graduation 05'
This week, 46 year old Randy Pausch said goodbye to his students at Carnegie Mellon University with one last lecture called "How to Live Your Childhood Dreams," on his life's journey and the lessons he's learned. Randy is not just another story on Good Morning America or even on the local news here in Pittsburgh. He is a man I worked for, a Professor of Liam's and a friend of the family. Randy is dying of Pancreatic cancer and in his words only has "3 to 6 months of quality life". We met Randy about 5 years ago when Liam and I went to a Building Virtual Worlds show. Liam was hooked and applied to get his masters under Randy at the Entertainment and Technology Center or ETC. Randy even came to our home for Liam's graduation party and earlier that year we saw the flying Flying Karamazov Brothers with he and his wife Jaye. Liam got to know Randy as a professional over the course of two years as a graduate student and then as faculty member. Randy has three small children all under the age of 6. Dillon his oldest and Rose are the same age and his youngest is only 9 months older then Lily. I believe Randy is a good man for a few simple reasons. He gave my husband a future doing something he loves, teaching and he was a kind boss, but the thing I admire most about Randy is that you always know where you stand with him. He maybe blunt and harsh at times but you knew he was honest. He will be greatly missed at Carnegie Mellon. I wish Jaye and the children the best that life has to offer. Please click on the above underlined link and watch his inspiring lecture. It will be worth your time!


e4 said...

Wow. Thank you for sharing this...

Sara Gold said...

Some lessons from Randy Pausch’s last lecture that especially moved me:

1. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.
2. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
3. Never lose the child-like wonder.
4. If we do something which is pioneering, we will get arrows in the back. But at the end of the day, a whole lot of people will have a whole lot of fun.
5. Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
6. If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, and the dreams will come to you.

Check out the tribute quiz on the lecture at : you can add your own questions at the end of the quiz.

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