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TrekToday July 27 2008 04:45 AM

Randy Pausch Passes
<font color=yellow>Randy Pausch</font>, a Carnegie-Mellon professor whose "The Last Lecture" inspired millions, passed away on Friday at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia.<p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF="">Carnegie-Mellon University</A>, after being told he had only months to live, Pausch delivered what has become know as "The Last Lecture." In it, he discussed achieving one's childhood dreams. Pausch recounted his own efforts to achieve his own dreams, which ranged from wanting to become a professional football player, to experiencing zero gravity. <p>The lecture became a hit online, showing up on YouTube. Pausch appeared on ABC's <i>Good Morning America</i> and the <i>CBS Evening News</i>. A book version of the lecture, co-written by <font color=yellow>Jeff Zaslow</font> of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> and an alumnus of Carnegie-Mellon himself, was released earlier this year and became a best-seller.<p>One of the persons inspired by Pausch was <i>Star Trek XI's</i> <font color=yellow>J.J. Abrams</font>, who emailed Pausch, a <i>Star Trek</i> fan, and offered him a cameo in <i>Star Trek XI</i>, as recounted on Pausch's <A class="link" HREF="">website</A>. "This is, by far, the coolest thing (okay, #2 behind the palliative chemo working,) wrote Pausch last autumn after receiving the email. "J.J. Abrams (Hollywood producer/director who did the TV series 'Lost,' the movie 'Mission Impossible III' and a bunch of other stuff) emailed me, out of the blue." Although Pausch thought it was a gag at first, when he realized that it was a genuine offer from Abrams, he hightailed it out to L.A. where he was soon fitted in a <i>Star Trek</i> uniform. "I got a custom-made Star Trek uniform and my own station on the bridge, where I had lots of buttons and controls," wrote Pausch. "I even got a LINE!!!!"<p>Pausch was forty-seven. He is survived by his wife, Jai, and three children: Chloe, Dylan and Logan. <p>To read more, head to the article located <A class="link" HREF="">here</A>. Pausch's blog is located <A class="link" HREF="">here</A>.<center></center>

Pioneer July 27 2008 11:54 AM

Re: Randy Pausch Passes
Rest In Peace, Randy. Only the good die young.

Dar70 July 27 2008 10:46 PM

Re: Randy Pausch Passes
This guy was amazing and inspirational. Rest in peace.

ArthurKing July 28 2008 03:48 AM

Re: Randy Pausch Passes
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer that you can get. Although we're trained not to say it in so many words, it's a true death sentence for 95% of the people who are diagnosed. There's just not much that can be done although the amount of baseline R&D being poured into the area gives me hope ... for all this talk about advancements in the treatment of various cancers, my best proxy for when the field is REALLY making advances is when we see a 5-year survival rate in excess of 50%; 10-year out in excess of 25%. Right now ... the rates are stunningly low. I'm not even sure if reliable figures exist for 10-year because people just don't make it; 5-year has to be in the single digits. I digress. My prayers are with his family.

Dr. Chandra July 28 2008 05:25 PM

Re: Randy Pausch Passes
I watched his "The Last Lecture" on YouTube this morning. When my time comes (and if I see it coming), I hope to be able to meet the end with half the dignity he has shown.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Pausch. Prayers for your family.

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