Randy Pausch: Dying Speech
inspired thousands of people with his dying speech
Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer, a terminal illness, in September of 2006. He gave an upbeat lecture entitled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood ” 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.
In his famous speech, Pausch showed a list of his childhood dreams, and explained how he achieved each of them. His dreams were: being in zero gravity, playing in the , being the author of a World Book Encyclopedia article, meeting and being Captain Kirk, being “one of the guys who won the big stuffed animals in the amusement park”, and becoming a Disney Imagineer.
He was given 3 months of life, he lived 3 more years.