Thursday, April 10, 2008



THE LAST LECTURE

I seldom watch TV, and I NEVER just sit down, turn it on and start flipping. But I did last night, and of course, say it with me, THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS! I tuned in just in time to see Diane Sawyer's interview with Randy Pausch. OMG. I am telling you, that man is INSPIRATIONAL! And how about that wife of his? Wow. (And her haircut could NOT be any cuter.) And how about when he said Hollywood will never be able to make a movie of his life, because there isn't an actor alive beautiful enough to play his wife. Huh? How about that?

Randy was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, computer science. His class size swelled from the 50 registered, to the 150 that actually attended, as students brought in their friends and PARENTS to hear him speak. Evidently in the spring of each year Carnegie Mellon has a speaker give "The Last Lecture" of the year, and Randy was this speaker. Ironically, he had recently learned he had terminal cancer, and indeed, this lecture would be his last.

I don't want to spoil the rest, you've gotta just watch the lecture yourself. It's worth. Every. Minute. I've already 1-Clicked the book and can't wait to read it.

To be inspired, click here.

9 comments:

courtneywrites said...

Carrie, I watched this too. I rarely watch the news magazine shows, so I just feel so lucky to have seen it.

I am blown away by Randy Pausch. I just ordered his book. I was giddy this morning thinking about my own book, because it was a childhood dream. What a teacher!

riversgrace said...

I recorded it and can't wait to watch. Transformation is hitting basic TV. Amazing.

Kim said...

I randomly happened upon this last night too, while folding laundry! TT was traveling. I was riveted, laughing, bawling, it was ridiculous! SO powerful! I LOVED his wife's mantra "Is it helpful." I've already stolen it.

So, OF COURSE, there was his face on your blog today! As always, you rock CP.

Terry Whitaker said...

Although I DO watch tv every night, Law and Order was a rerun so I HAPPENED on it as well. Incredible.

Deb said...

I've seen it before, it's lovely. He's still alive, been battling pancreatic cancer for two years now which is amazing.

He is an inspiration.

Amber said...

Yes. I linked to this lecture on my blog, after following a link on another blog, awhile ago. I was so moved to see this special about him, and once again just so inspired! What ONE person can do to help other people, JUST by being here. So. Amazing.

ox :)

lo said...

have watched ths over and over
what an amazing beng....
L

La La said...

I saw this when he delivered the speech months ago and I taped it last night. You can also download from iTunesU from CMU. He was given 6 months to live. He's in month 7.

Wow.

I downloaded on iTunes today to play it for students projected on the big screen.

Jenny said...

Saw that video. I loved the part about the soda and the car.