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Dead Person of the Day – July 25 – Randy Pausch

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Every once and awhile a DPD comes along that really makes the NOR staff grab our knickers and well up. Randy Pausch’s story is tragic, endearing, inspiring and a whole bunch of other expensive adjectives that end with ‘ing’.

There’s not much more to add than what Randy lays out in the first 1 or 2 minutes of the video. Sure, there are some corny parts…but the meat and potatoes are delicious (as they usually are). Watch as much as you can and swing by the NOR offices if you want a hug. We’ll be out back by the dumpster.

Randy Pausch, 47, Dies; His ‘Last Lecture’ Inspired Many to Live With Wonder

Published: July 26, 2008

Randy Pausch, the professor whose “last lecture” made him a Lou-Gehrig-like symbol of the beauty and briefness of life, died Friday at his home in Chesapeake, Va. He was 47, and had lived five months longer than the six months a doctor gave him as an upside limit last August. Continue

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Dead Person Of The Day December 21 – Albert King

No Comments 22 December 2011

Ok guys,

Consider this PA # 350

For those that DON’T know there are three kings :

B.B. King

Albert King

Freddie King

When one comes up, you take a second. Reflect, and enjoy.


P.S. Imagine if the last line of your obit could read the same.

Albert King (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992)


Albert Nelson (Albert King), guitarist and singer, born Indianola Mississippi 25 April 1923, died Memphis Tennessee 21 December 1992.

I REMEMBER, when a teenager living in London, going with schoolfriends to a Starlite ballroom gig. I was off to watch the recently formed super-group the Cream. The lead guitarist, recent ex-member (and god) of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers was Eric Clapton. The Cream ended their first set with a number which was rapidly climbing the charts: ‘Strange Brew’. Clapton made his guitar cry and soar with a series of string-bending notes, punctuated leaps and peaks. Suddenly, someone in the audience yelled out: ‘Albert King]’ A huge grin spread across Clapton’s face, and for a moment he had to turn away. Someone in the audience had struck a chord. Continue

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