Philly and the World has been slow getting started this new year and I apologize. I am planning stories on visits to Cleveland and Washington, D.C. during the holidays. In the meantime, since it’s never too late to begin the new year in good form, I will share this immensely popular 76-minute speech titled, Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, by Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008).
Pausch’s story and his lecture are quite well known by now. He was diagnosed with a terminal pancreatic cancer on Sept. 19, 2006, an underwent Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) on the same day, which was unsuccessful in halting the spread of the disease. He was told in August 2007 that he would have three to six months of good health.
In addition to the lecture, he co-authored the book, The Last Lecture. Below is the uplifting, entertaining and inspiring lecture he gave on Sept. 18, 2007.
I would like to thank freelance writer Cathleen McCarthy of The City Traveler for turning me onto this.