Randy Pausch是美国卡内基梅隆大学的计算机科学、人机交互及设计教授。2006年9月,他被诊断患有胰腺癌。2007年9月18日,他在卡内基梅隆大学做了一场风靡全美的“最后的演讲”,根据这次演讲,他出版的“The Last Lecture”一书则成为亚马逊网站上最为畅销的书籍之一。Randy教授所传达的讯息之所以如此震撼人心,是因为他以诚恳、幽默的态度去分享他独特的经验。他谈的不是死亡,而是人生中的重要议题,包括克服障碍、实现儿时梦想、帮助别人实现梦想、把握每一个时刻……

Carnegie Mellon
The Day Jai Managed to Achieve the One-Driver
Two-Car Collision
I Love Lucy
Club Babalu
Randy One warm day, early in our marriage, I walked to Carnegie Mellon and Jai was at home. I remember this because that particular day became famous in our household as "The Day Jai Managed to Achieve the One-Driver, Two-Car Collision." Our minivan was in the garage and my Volkswagen convertible was in the driveway. Jai pulled out the minivan without realizing the other car was in the way. The result: an instantaneous crunch, boom, bam! What followed just proves that at times we're all living in an I Love Lucy episode. Jai spent the entire day obsessing over how to explain everything to Ricky when got home from Club Babalu. She thought it best to create the perfect circumstances to break the news. She made sure both cars were in the garage with the garage door closed. She was more sweet than usual when I arrived home, asking me all about my day. She put on soft music. She made me my favorite meal. She wasn't wearing a negligee – I wasn't that lucky – but she did her best to be the perfect, loving partner. Toward the end of our terrific dinner she said, "Randy, I have something to tell you. I hit one car with the other car." I asked her how it happened. I had her describe the damage. She said the convertible got the worst of it, but both cars were running fine. "Want to go in the garage and look at them?" she asked. "No," I said. "Let's just finish dinner."