Inspiring People - Randy Pausch
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Inspiring People You May Not Know About - Randy Pausch
This series is not a cache and dash. It involves learning and getting to know each inspiring person. Sometimes this can take a few minutes, sometimes an hour. But it is worth it as it introduces you to people that perhaps you may not have heard of, or people who you may not know anything about.
Randy Pausch was a university lecturer at the University Of Virginia and later CMU. Among other things one of the leading figures in the development of Virtual Reality.
Randy was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in late 2006. In August 2007 he was given 3-6 months of good health left. A month later he gave a lecture, as part of the College’s “Last Lecture” program where professors would give their hypothetical last lecture. Unfortunately and ironically it was his last lecture. It was entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”.
After the lecture it became a massive hit on the internet. Disney bought the rights to the book for $6.7million dollars. He was interviewed on all the major US networks and even received a letter from George Bush. He got a role as an extra in the Star Trek movie, and was named Pittsburgher of the year 2008. He also gave a abridged version of the speech on the Oprah Winfrey show, he spoke in front of congress and appeared in Time magazine. He ran an online diary of his progress and all the things that were happening to him once he found out he had cancer. START AT THE BOTTOM:
Notably the only childhood dream he didn’t achieve was to play in the NFL. Being a Pittsburgh native he was a die hard Steelers fan. When Mike Tomlin the Steelers HC found out about Randy he invited him down to a practice session. Randy got his shirt signed by his favourite players and caught passes from one of the top NFL players Hines Ward.
After the practice he spent time with the Steelers 5 Super Bowl trophies won in 42 years before talking to the team owner Art Rooney. At the end of the conversation Randy Pausch said:
"I'll make you guys a promise. You get into that Super Bowl; I'll live to see it."
Randy Pausch died in July 2008. Each Steelers player was given a copy of his inspiring book. 6 months later the Steelers won the Super Bowl.
Watch Randy's last lecture on Youtube and answer the following questions. Replace the answers with the corresponding letters.
How many tumours did Randy have in his liver? (AB)
What year did Tommy tell Randy Pausch he had a dream to work on Star Wars? (19C3)
How many kids has Randy got? (D)
What day in July 2008 did Randy lose his battle with Pancreatic cancer? (EF)
How many head fakes are there? (G)
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