Like many people, I first heard about Randy Pausch when he became an internet sensation with his "last lecture." And a sensation it was. Pausch’s last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University in September 2007 attracted international acclaim and was viewed by several million on the Internet.
Pausch also collaborated with Wall Street Journal writer and author Jeffery Zaslow for a best-selling book about his last lecture. The book has remained at the top of non-fiction best sellers lists since its publication in April of 2007.
According to the AP, Pausch was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September 2006. More from the AP: