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The Last Lecture-Dr. Randy Pausch

Updated on October 10, 2009

I saw Randy Pausch's Last Lecture on You Tube, about a year ago. I would strongly recommend for anyone with a teenager in the household to watch this and share it with their teenage child.

I have this bookmarked, and revisit it when I find I'm in need of inspiration. I wish I saw this when I was about twenty years younger. This man and his message has a life-changing force. You and your teenager won't regret spending a few minutes for this inspiring message. The message is subtitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", and, come to think of it, I would recommend this video to everyone!

Randy Pausch was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 23, 1960, and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Brown University in May 1982, and received his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in August, 1988. While completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Pausch was employed at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center; also Adobe Systems.

Someof Dr. Pausch's achievements in his lifetime are listed as follows:

  • Co-founder of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center
  • Virtual Reality Research with Disney Imagineers
  • Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering
  • Virtual Worlds course at Carnegie Mellon, which he constructed and taught for 10 years
  • The Alice software project
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
  • Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow
  • Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education

His life and work are filled with honors for his contributions in eduction, computer technology, and virtual reality.

Dr. Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent many unsuccessful attempts to treat this cancer, including surgical procedures and chemotherapy, prior to the filmed lecture. He had about 10 months to live at the time of this lecture, and had been given an estimate of "three to five months of continuing good health".

Dr. Pausch worked in many important life messages in his final lecture. His talk was modelled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked, "What wisdom would you try to impart if you knew it was your last chance?"

Randy made one quip, because they had recently renamed this series, "Journeys", instead of the "Last Lecture" series--"I thought I finally nailed this venue and they renamed it!" and received a roar of applause and laughter from the audience.

Dr. Pausch died on July 25, 2008, in a hospice in Chesapeake, Virginia (USA) surrounded by loving family and friends.

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    • DIYweddingplanner profile image

      DIYweddingplanner 

      7 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      I folowed his story up until his death and was deeply moved over The Last Lecture. Thanks for posting this...I wish everyone could hear it and see it.

    • Bilalnr profile image

      Bilalnr 

      7 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      Thanks for the touching Hub Paradise7!!!!

      I have also created a hub on Randy....

      do check it...Thanks...

      Keep sharing Paradise7!!!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I think so, too, Stacie L.

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      8 years ago

      I wonder how anyone would behave if they knew when their time was up?

      He was dedicated to his beliefs and lived and died with great dignity

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for the comments. About ten million people saw this before, or so the You Tube counter says. This is another person I don't want to forget too soon, and I think it helps to look at it, whether it's a revisit or new over time.

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      Catherine R 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I did see this before but you have reminded me of it and I will show it to my eldest son. Very inspirational. Thanks so much!

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I've seen this before as well. He was such an inspiration, and help me to see that each and every minute of our lives is important, and that we should live it that way. Instead of wasting our time and energy over pettiness, and things that will only pull us down, we should focus on the positive and simply learn to be happy - even with the simiplest things.

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      advisor4qb 

      8 years ago from On New Footing

      Good show!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      You're welcome, creative one and KCC. I think it's such a great show.

    • KCC Big Country profile image

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      I have seen this before, but I'm glad to get the reminder to be able to watch again. Thanks, Paradise.

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      Benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago

      Thank for such an informative and touching hub. Thnakd for sharing. creativeone59

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