5/4/09

Randy's Legacy Lives On


It’s almost been a year since the beloved Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus Randy Pausch passed away. Yet his legacy is still shining bright. From a walk-on in Star Trek – which we wrote about last week – to “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Randy’s impact endures.

On May 12, "Oprah" will feature a segment on Randy, which will include an interview with his wife, Jai Pausch. Randy first appeared on “Oprah” with Dr. Mehmet Oz in October 2007 where he inspired viewers with an abbreviated version of his “Last Lecture.”

Now, as Dr. Oz gets ready to host his own show, Oprah is preparing a fitting sendoff – an episode dedicated to his most memorable moments. The May 12 show will highlight some of Dr. Oz’s interviews with inspirational people. And Randy is being showcased as one of the heroes who continues to inspire Dr. Oz today.

In the Pittsburgh region, you can catch “Oprah” at 4 p.m. daily on WTAE-TV.

** UPDATE: Jai told viewers on Tuesday that she and the kids are doing a lot better after having some time to grieve. And they’re keeping Randy’s legacy alive by doing things they know he would have loved – like taking a family trip to Walt Disney World.

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