Randy Pausch of the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Entertainment Technology passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer.
As co-founder of CET, Randy, in his down to earth, direct, easy way, created a mecca for innovative thinking in interactive media. With the vision of tech development as it was going to be, Randy knew that teaching the next generation of creative minds the latest in tools, what makes good storytelling, the process of good product design would benefit the interactive and gaming community, the University, and the US.
He touched hearts and minds when he spoke of his battle with cancer not as a focus on his health, but turning it into a focus on his dreams and what it takes to achieve dreams. He did a Last Lecture and wrote "The Last Lecture,' which became a NY Times bestseller.
Goodbye, Randy. We miss you.