Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture author dies at 47
Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University and he described his most proud professional moment as creating a free computer programming tool for children called Alice
However he will be remembered by most for the uplifting talk that he gave for his children, one that he let the rest of the world hear. His lecture wasn’t about the pancreatic cancer that was taking his life, but about his own childhood dreams and how to help his children and others achieve their own goals in life.
The lecture was never meant to be more than a home movie for his children to watch later in life to get to know their own father, and he only delivered it in public so his children could see their dad at work, in his own in environment
Dr. Pausch said that his wife persuaded him to write The Last Lecture into book form, but that he was worried it would take too much time away from the children. He rode his bike daily to keep up his strength so he spoke with his co-writer during these rides and the co-writer transcribed the books contents over 53 one-hour bike ride phone calls.
Randy Pausch died today, July 25th, 2008. at his home in Virgina.