Randy Pausch

There were times when Randy Pausch's sheer exuberance, physical and spiritual, made it easy to imagine it would end some other way. We could watch his "Last Lecture" on YouTube, receive the gift he was giving us and reject the idea that it would come at an ultimate price--that Pausch would indeed die one day of pancreatic cancer, as he did on July 25 at the age of 47.

"You cannot change the cards you are dealt," he said, "just how you play the hand." With his child's smile and nimble brain and breathtakingly simple instructions tumbling out one after another,...

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