The Last Lecture By Randy Pausch
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Randy Pausch, 47, Dies; His ‘Last Lecture’ Inspired Many to Live With Wonder - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com

Randy Pausch, 47, Dies; His ‘Last Lecture’ Inspired Many to Live With Wonder - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com | The Last Lecture By Randy Pausch | Scoop.it
Dr. Pausch was the Carnegie Mellon University professor whose “last lecture” made him a Lou-Gehrig-like symbol of the beauty and briefness of life.
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In this article from the New York Times they talk about how Randy Pausch lived 5 months longer then the doctor said but just died. It goes on to say how his speech and book impacted so many people in so many different ways. He had mail from people how they were going to inspire there kids to express themselves like his parents allowed him in his room . Also about how people weren't going to dwell on bad things in life. It continued by talking about all the wonderful inspirtation Randy gave to everyone that was about following childhood dreams and how he accomplished all that. Lastly, the author talks about Randy's life and what he did and the kind of person he was. A person with a positive outlook on life who loved his family. He gave practicle advice to everyone .He lived a life he should be proud of.

 

This source connects to the book becasue we find out more after the book that he lived 5 months longer then he was suppose to and more about him. The article continued to talk about the way he impacted people and what he got to do after the speech. He wrote his book "The Last Lecture" becasue someone in the audience Jeffrey Zaslow wanted to help him write it. As Randy said in the book he worked with Jeff countless hours to get the book just right. And it turned out amazing hitting each slide he had and explaining it briefly but in a way that was so inspiring. 

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Marisa Helf's comment, May 28, 2013 10:02 AM
Great article, really good connection!
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Notes Left Behind

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Elena Desserich dreamed of becoming a teacher. Although her time on this earth was far too short to fulfill her dream, she left behind an...
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It is an inspiring and heart-wrenching story. Keith and Brooke Desserich write from the heart about their love for their beautiful daughter Elena and how much they have learned about life from her. The journal was started by them for their younger daughter Gracie after Elena was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and was given a prognosis of 135 days, so that Gracie could have a remembrance of her big sister. The journal chronicles Elena's radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but it aslo chronicles the journey of Elena and her parents over Elena's last days of her short but beautiful life.


This book is similar to The Last Lecture in the sense of cancer taking away another persons life . It is also similar because just like Randy giving a last speech for his kids so when they grow up they will have a part of him, the parents of Elena and Gracie make a journal of Elena so that when Gracie grows up she will know about her sister and have a remeberance of her. 

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Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture reprised

Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture reprised
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This is a video of  Randy on Oprah giving a summary of the main points in his speech. He presents certain slides and parts of his speech for the audience and Oprah to show the main of being a kid and how lucky he was and also his dreams. For example, he talks about one of his slides where he wanted to be on the disney imagineer team. He had tied multiple times submitting resumes but got rejected twice then the third time he made it. He talks about what an expirence it was to work there and how it fulfilled his childhood dreams. He wants all of the viewers to want and to learn to follow those childhood dreams and try it out before you die.

The speech connects to the book becasue it is Randy Paush presenting what he was talking about in the book . Telling about childhood dreams and childhood. Things he want to as a child and how he accoplished them. For example in his book he has a chapter called the Parent Lottery where he talks about growing up and how his parents supported him.

 

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The Last Lecture

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"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." — Randy Pausch A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Le...
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Randy Pausch is offered to be a part of a program called The Last Lecture where professors give a final lecture when they are close to retirement . He accepts not knowing that it will truley be his last lecture. His wife doesn't love the idea of this becasue he only has months to live due to a  diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer and especially becasue it is on her birthday ... the last one she will get to spend with him. She eventually gives in and Randy decides to do the speech so his three kids can look back and learn form him. He decides to have the speech be about childhood dreams. Hows you should never give up on your childhood dreams and how he didnt and he accoplished many. By this he also teaches us to over come obstcales. Each chapter in the book is one of his slides from the speech and he summarizes it in a way that you get everything you should from the one slide. This is a very up lifting book about a man who is so optimistic even with someting so tragic in his life. 

 

In the book there are themes of never giving up. Not giving up on your dreams to always stay positive. Also that you can over come anything big and small. For example, when he talks about his career in football and how his coach pushed them all. He left them things to learn.

 

I personally really enjoyed this book. It was sad and I cried a little, it was not written sadly. It was uplifting and even humorous at parts. I would recommend this book to everyone, it is inspiring and a good read. I learned from this book to not give up and that you can over come obstcales no matter how big or small. That you should try and follow your dreams even if someone said you can't do it. If there is a will theres a way. I feel so motivated to follow my dreams even if I dont know what my dreams are to still find them then follow them. This book has an amazing message and you will for sure not want to put the book down.

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Marisa Helf's comment, May 28, 2013 10:05 AM
Really good reccomendation, I completely agree!
Gergana Petrova's comment, May 28, 2013 10:25 AM
This seems like such a good book. I like the message you chose to write about because it makes the book seem that much more interesting.