How the 'Last Lecture' Phenomenon Started

There were 400 of us in the auditorium on that warm September afternoon when Randy Pausch gave his last lecture. We watched him fill the stage with an unbounded enthusiasm and a visceral love of life. We knew we were seeing something remarkable. I attended the lecture to write about it. I'm a columnist for The Wall Street Journal – my beat is "life transitions" – and I thought Randy might make a compelling 800-word story. I had no expectations beyond that. But the morning my column appeared,...Full Story
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