Last Fall Dr. Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. When Dr. Pausch received his diagnosis he retired to spend time with his family, but before retiring, he decided to give one last lecture to faculty and students at Carnegie Mellon University. The lecture really was intended for his children, aged 6, 4 and 2. In the lecture he offered a father’s advice to children who would go through puberty, adolescence, early adulthood and the rest of their lives without their dad. Dr. Pausch’s lecture has been viewed 10 million times online. He has been profiled in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He recently published a book about his lecture that was translated into seven languages. And, April 9th he was interviewed by Diane Sawyer. We often think of technology as something that brings us closer together geographically. But Dr. Pausch’s lecture demonstrates that technology also can bring us closer together spiritually, emotionally and experientially.
If you haven’t seen the video, watch it now. And, maybe share Dr. Pausch’s gift to his children with your children or a friend.