Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose “last lecture” about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, has died. He was 47.
I had been following his update page. There hadn’t been an update in a while, though I see someone posted yesterday.
I was a little shocked to read this headline this morning. After I listened to The Last Lecture, he seemed so dynamic, so larger-than-life, that I somehow thought he was going to beat it.
I was at DisneyWorld five years ago and went to DisneyQuest, the uber-arcade. I loved it then, though it was a little dated when I went there last year. The river rafting and pirate VR games were amazing, and I was delighted to hear during Pausch’s lecture that he helped design both of them while on sabbatical with the Imagineers.
Do yourself a favor, and sometime in the next 24 hours, watch The Last Lecture.