The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture

Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture

I have taught at the college level for nearly two decades and have loved the experience of teaching. In addition, I have spent almost that much time listening to professors lecturing while going to college, graduate school, and post-graduate school. Never have I given nor heard a more moving and honest lecture in all those years than the one given by Dr. Randy Pausch as his Last Lecture. I have watched that video many times.

Mike Schmitt, who is a friend of mine, gave me the link to that video. Part of the reason was that he saw some similarities between Pausch and me.

One of the similarities that I discovered while watching Pausch's Last Lecture was that we have both danced with death. He had pancreatic cancer, and I had prostate cancer. However, while my cancer was treated and I am fine, he was not as fortunate. Nevertheless, Pausch was a man who truly understood life, because he understood that he would die within several months of his lecture.

If you have not danced with death and learned the lesson of truly living, please set aside the time to watch this video. It will change your life. Trust me.

There are several additional similarities between us. The critically important one is that both of us love our children. However, I also have three grandchildren. Sadly, his children were too young to remember him before he died. Another comparison is that Pausch and I both grew up in Presbyterian families. Finally, we both lived in Pittsburgh and loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. This photo is of Pausch after he caught a pass during a Steelers practice.

Pausch practicing as a wide receiver

Pausch practicing as a wide receiver




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