Randy Pausch Number One on Amazon and Holding!

Hyperion Publishing gave Professor  Randy Pausch a $6.7 million advance for a book based on his now famous “Last Lecture” given at Carnegie Mellon (if you don’t know who Pausch is, you can see the lecture by clicking here: Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch Gives Inspirational “Last” Lecture).  Many pointed out that this is an example of what is wrong with the publishing industry.  I have to disagree.  I think this is what’s right with the publishing industry.  Randy became an Internet phenomenon.  Millions watched his lecture online.  It’s heartfelt and inspirational.  I have no doubt that this investment will pay off for Hyperion (consider the money they will make off of selling International rights, film rights, etc.) Giving Paris Hilton a multi-million dollar advance is what’s wrong with the publishing industry. 

I’m happy to report that Randy Pausch’s book is number one on Amazon and it has been for quite some time now.   Good on you Professor Pausch. 

BTW – Some people have actually given it a one star review and attacked Pausch.  These same reviewers no doubt have a closet full of coats made out of puppies. 



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17 thoughts on “Randy Pausch Number One on Amazon and Holding!

  1. Sorry to disappoint you but I do not have a closet full of coats made out of puppies but I am one of the few that believes that Randy Pausch has profited from intentional lies and fraud. I do not believe that he is dying today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. And, I actually feel sorry for all of the people who are too gullible and naive to see what he has done. I have to believe that none of those people have had family members die from cancer; if they had then they would be equally disgusted by Randy’s non-stop exploitation of cancer and the words “dying professor”. Has no one else on this planet realized that he has referred to himself as “dying professor” for nearly a year and his health has not even entered the stage of deterioration? It is the most shameful thing I have ever seen in my entire life. I find it the irony of all ironies that at its core his message was really about character and yet he has exhibited so little character himself by telling so many lies. If I remember his speech correctly he said “admit when you are wrong and always tell the truth”. Sounds like advice he should follow himself.

  2. What evidence do you have he is lying?

  3. I believe he is lying. I have believed since his performance on Oprah that he is lying. I think that everyone should listen to their instincts; mine have told me for a long time that this is fraud. Some of the main trouble spots from his story for me are:
    1. The many, many, many postings of Sara Gold. It is clear that they are marketing efforts and yet Randy Pausch and Jeff Zaslow will tell you that this entire story grew virally. I beg to differ unless the name of the virus happens to be Randy Pausch.
    2. The numerous repetitions in Randy’s speech of “I will be gone in a few months” were obviously the power words needed to make so many people cry during his speech. Remove the tears and there never would have been a book deal.
    3. Randy has carelessly reversed his health update on his website from “healthy” to “creeping tumor growth”. What is careless about those updates is that he does not realize he has OVERLAPPED THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME IN THOSE POSTINGS.
    4. Randy brags about using his cancer story to talk his way out of a speeding ticket.
    5. Randy says that his doctor told him there was “no risk” for him to go scuba diving off the Caymans while on gemcitabine and tarceva. If his doctor really said that then he needs a new doctor; one who is competent.
    6. Randy intentionally switches the order of the vulture photos on his website in an obvious attempt to add more drama to his story. He also says the bird followed him for hours. I’m curious how many people actually believe that is a truthful statement. I assure you that not only did that bird not follow him for hours, but it didn’t even follow him for seconds. Randy happened upon the bird and he took a picture of it. He eventually got so close to the bird that the bird felt threatened by Randy and flew away. Nothing more than that happened with the bird.
    7. There is a long ABC/Disney theme behind Randy’s story. A senior executive at Disney just happened to send out an email about Randy’s lecture in the weeks leading up to Diane Sawyers interview with Randy on ABC. A conincidence? This story has so many “coincidences”
    8. Hyperion just happened to secure a $7M book deal in near record time. Oh, and Hyperion is a subordinate company to Disney. A coincidence? We certainly don’t have enough coincidences with this story.
    9. ABC just happens to do a primetime piece on Randy that is at the same time of the release of Randy’s book. A coincidence? Sure. With everything else we are being asked to believe about this apocryphal story, why not add one more thing to it?

    I do not believe that Randy is dying. I do not believe that he was ever dying and all of the people who tell me I’m wrong have never seen indisputable evidence that he was diagnosed with ductal adenocarcinoma. They believe on blind faith alone. I have seen the devastating effects of cancer; if I thought for one second that Randy was truly dying I would not write these things. I do not believe he is dying.

    It is interesting that even as the money continues to pour in from his story no one seems capable of putting 2 and 2 together. I think that this story shows how far people are willing to go because of greed and if I am right, then it is easily the most shameful story I have ever seen.

  4. So, no evidence is the answer.

  5. yep; you are right; no evidence. By the way, I loved the evidence that you have provided that proves he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Hey, do me a favor: On January 1st 2009 I want you to jump up and down and act real excited when you realize he is still alive. Also, please do the same thing January 1st in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, etc. You seem just gullible enough to believe that he will still be “dying” on each of those dates. The great news for you and everyone else is that HE WILL STILL BE ALIVE on all of those dates. He is not dying. I am certain of it.

    Speaking of no evidentiary value: Isn’t it cool that ABC is ALSO a subordinate company to Disney. You are right, no evidence at all; just a world record amount of coincidences that ALL point back to Randy Pausch and Disney.

  6. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been to Disney. In fact, I met Mickey, and just between you and me, I don’t think he’s a real mouse. You may be on to something.

  7. Mickey Mouse is not really a mouse and Randy Pausch is not really dying. Glad we finally agree that BOTH are fake and that Disney has played a significant role in developing Randy Pausch’s apocryphal story.

  8. Well, you’re either the smartest person on the planet or the most cynical. Only time will tell.

  9. To de Selby. You have no instinct also you appear to be missing a heart and brain although you are over endowed in the venom area. What an ass.

  10. Cheryl,
    Thank you for your obviously well thought-out and emotion-free words. What I really love is how people like you insist that I am both insensitive and wrong because of my postings; even as EVERY single prediction that I have ever made about Randy has been true, people like you continue to tell me that I am wrong; I find that amusing.
    I have GREAT news for you Cheryl: Randy is not dying and Randy never was dying. All of your words reflect your emotion; it is that same emotion that prevents you from looking at what Randy has done objectively. If you possessed the ability to look at this objectively you would also see that Randy Pausch is not solely responsible for the creation of the “Randy Pausch Story”; Disney, ABC (a Disney co.), and Hyperion (another Disney co.) are also resonsible for the creation of this story.
    You seem like such an “intelligent” person to me so please continue to believe that Randy is not a fraud. Believe it in 2009, 2010, 2011, etc, etc. Here’s a hint: He will still be here then.

  11. Hi!

    I´m from Sweden so I hope you´ll forgive my bad english.

    I also watched Randy on The Oprah Show. I also felt that he´s lying. I felt that after just a few minutes. I don´t know what it was. He´s not dying.

    Is it typical for Americans to cry about almost everything? In programs like Extreme Makeover “Home edition”, Oprah Winfrey, Doctor Phil and so on it´s tears, tears and tears. Of course we´re crying in Sweden as well and we do have feelings, but please…STOP CRYING.

  12. In an effort to get an update on Randy Pausch, I am simply stating … THE LAST LECTURE was/is a book of inspiration. I deeply appreciate someone like him making the effort to truly make a difference. I trust he will be successful in helping to raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research.

  13. B. McLamb,
    The only difference that Randy Pausch is truly making is to improve his financial and social status; and he is doing a very good job in those areas. Regarding an update on Randy’s Health: If you watch Randy’s speech at the commencement ceremony at Carnegie Mellon you will see that the last thing he does is pick his wife up and carry her off the stage. That was just a few days ago. Is any further description of his health needed?

  14. So, all you disbelievers, now that this wonderful man has passed away from (are you ready??) pancreatic cancer, don’t you feel like complete idiots (you sure look like idiots).

    RIP Prof. Pausch – you were truly an inspiration!

  15. de Selby must feel like the horse’s ass that he is. Any apologies, Mr. de Selby????

  16. I would like to post an apology to this blog.
    When I heard on the news yesterday that Professor Pausch died I was not just shocked; I was floored. Before hearing that he had passed away my brain simply could not believe that he was actually dying. So many people told me that he was dying and that his story was true but I just could not believe it. Most of my life cancer has been in my family. None of my family members with a terminal diagnosis looked like Professor Pausch did when he gave his last lecture. Because of the way he looked, and the book deal that followed his speech, I felt certain that his story was another example of someone exploiting something for money. Because of the pain that cancer has caused in my family it disturbed me to think that his story was not real and that he got a book deal out of it. And if any other blogger disagreed with my comments, I would say that they were stupid for not being able to see what I thought I could see. I now realize that I am the most cynical, bitter, and stupid person that I know. Professor Randy Pausch was a far better man and a better human being than I will ever be.
    I deserve any of things that people may now decide to post about me. I will not object to any of it because I assure you that right now I’m saying a lot of those same things to myself. In my stupid mind I was 100% certain that Professor Pausch would not die for many years. That shows how stupid I am. I am a very stupid person. The news of his death yesterday has me literally feeling physically ill. Before his death I felt so certain that I was right about the things I previously wrote but I now know that everything I have written about Professor Pausch was wrong and I am sorry for writing those things.

  17. Your task now is to forgive yourself. You made a mistake, and you acknowledged it. Now, please, let it go.

    I do not think for a moment that Randy Pausch would want you to castigate yourself any more than you have done. He might have been wryly amused by the intensity of your accusations. Or he might have been moved by the pain you have suffered that led you to impugn his motives.

    You will have learned something from this. You won’t repeat this deeply disturbing error. You will give people the benefit of the doubt and be much less quick to superimpose a cynical spin on their motives. You will grow from this experience. I know you will.

    I wish you well in the future. It takes a large spirit to apologize, as you did, from the bottom of your aching heart.

    I’ll end with a T. S. Eliot quotation: “…As Krishna admonished Arjuna on he field of battle, not ‘farewell’, but ‘fare forward’.”

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