Tuesday November 27, 2007
crowd of 850 students and faculty showed up Tuesday at UVa's Old Cabell
Hall to hear what could be Randy Pausch's last lecture on grounds; they
took away a strong message.
actually thought about, just about the fact of what an inspiration it
is that someone with as little time left is able to put this much
effort into making the most of his time," said Fourth-Year Emily Lorand.
tends to give these talks that...the talk that keeps on giving to the
people who see it," added Pausch's friend, UVa Computer Science
professor Gabriel Robins.
who in August was told by doctors that pancreatic cancer would end his
life in 3-6 months, was a professor at UVa from 1988-1997 before
eventually leaving for Pittsburgh's Carnegie-Mellon University.
of his story and his captivating talks on time management, he's been
profiled on the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as ABC's World News Tonight.
talk about the context of 'I'm a guy who has a very small amount of
time left' and I open and close the talk with that," Pausch explained.
"But for the most part the talk is a very pragmatic way to give other
people the gift of getting more time into their life."
But Pausch's motives are not completely selfless.
He's a father of three children, ages five, three and one, who will soon have to say goodbye to their dad.
not going to live...long enough to tell them a lot of this stuff in
person," Pausch said, "and so I have this sort of challenge of 'how do
I put parts of me in a bottle so that they have a sense of who I was
and what I stood for and how much I loved them.'"
never know it by looking at him, just how sick Pausch is. He got his
prognosis back in mid-August, which means if his doctors are right,
Tuesday's lecture likely was one of his very last.
To watch that lecture in its entirety, visit the link below: