A Few Words About Randy Pausch ...
Yes, I am aware of Randy's passing. I received a note from Jeff early Friday morning and learned that Randy was in hospice. A couple hours later, I received an e-mail alert from the Chicago Tribune that he'd died. Jeff, I presumed, was en route to Virginia. I e-mailed him a quick note of condolence, hoping it wouldn't be the first he'd hear of Randy's passing.
Some of my friends, sweethearts that they are, called and e-mailed and IMed to see if I was OK.
"Yes," I told them. "I'm fine. I'm sad for his family. I'm sad for Jeff. But I'm fine."
I didn't know Randy personally. My only contact with him was through an e-mail string between me and him and Jeff.
But I, like millions of others, was touched by his story.
As I read Jeff's manuscripts (one partial, one full), tears ran down my cheeks.
ABC will air a PrimeTime special tomorrow night devoted to Randy. Some of it will be footage from the original special. Some of it will be new.
Randy – and everyone else – knew he wasn't going to beat his cancer. But he made the most of the time he had left. And he happened to inspire the entire world along the way.
My copy of "The Last Lecture" has sat on my desk since Jeff sent it to me earlier this year. And there it will remain. In that way, Randy will never be very far away.