Should auld acquaintance be forgot...
...we will take a moment to remember the year, if only in select highlights.
Professor Randy Pausch (Oct 23, 1960 - Jul 25, 2008) of Carnegie Mellon University, gave his last lecture at CMU on September 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. He had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with no hope of recovery. His series of lectures became a sensation all over the internet in the past year. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. The clip featured here runs for one hour and sixteen minutes. For more information, visit www.cmu.edu/randyslecture.
On a lighter note, our "Impertinent Question of the Year" Award goes to the Honorable Sarah Heath Palin, Governor of Alaska, and 2008 Republican Nominee for Vice-President. The incident occurred at a campaign rally in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on October 8, in response to someone in the crowd referring to her as a "hottie." Indeed, her response would have been applicable to any number of incidents during the campaign, especially with regard to the press. As to this particular incident, I don't think she minded it at all. She's just sayin'...
Here at mwbh, we have remembered a number of passings over the past year, and life goes on for those who remain behind in this "vale of tears." And tonight, millions around the world will greet the New Year, from wherever they are. It is a year that brings more challenges, but not without the virtue of Hope.
On that promising note, we leave you until the next year. Stay tuned, and stay in touch.