The Comet & the Tornado: Reflections on the Legacy of Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture & the Creation of Our Carnegie Mellon Dream Fulfillment Factory

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An intimate look at Randy Pausch (author of the blockbuster The Last Lecture) from his friend and colleague

It is impossible to pinpoint the moment Randy Pausch became a household name, but when he died, millions of people who either read or watched his last lecture on YouTube felt as if they had lost a friend.

One man who actually did lose a close friend that day was Donald Marinelli. Affectionately referred to as “the Tornado” in the last ...

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The Comet & the Tornado: Reflections on the Legacy of Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture & the Creation of Our Carnegie Mellon Dream Fulfillment Factory

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Overview

An intimate look at Randy Pausch (author of the blockbuster The Last Lecture) from his friend and colleague

It is impossible to pinpoint the moment Randy Pausch became a household name, but when he died, millions of people who either read or watched his last lecture on YouTube felt as if they had lost a friend.

One man who actually did lose a close friend that day was Donald Marinelli. Affectionately referred to as “the Tornado” in the last lecture, Donald was the whirlwind of energy and creativity who co-founded the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University with Randy. Donald recounts his remarkable journey from Carnegie Mellon’s drama department, through the years building the ETC with Randy, to today, as he helms the center on his own and leads its worldwide expansion. Central to his story are the six years he and Randy shared an office, their differences and commonalities (they both fought cancer), and their priorities, as well as the philosophy of the ETC. Most poignantly, Don reveals what he learned from Randy, whom he describes as “a comet who burst upon the scene like an astral body . . . illuminating his secrets for living life to the fullest for millions of folks who needed such guidance.”

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402770883
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 701,374
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Truly Inspiring

    I wasn't sure what I was going to find when I picked up this book. First of all the package is beautiful--so interesting, great to feel and hold. Then there is the coolest DVD--you can actually ask Don 200 questions. After reading his story, using this synthetic interview is a wonderful way to enter the book in another way.
    The book is revealing, honest, funny, moving and shows how, when you never thought it would be possible, to make brave and unexpected choices and changes in your life.
    What a treasure.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    A great book!

    Like millions of people, I was moved by Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, so I picked up this book by his friend and colleague. The author's story of his own career trajectory and how he and Randy worked together to found the Entertainment Technology Center is fascinating, and I loved learning more about Randy. It's touching, funny, and wise. Highly recommended!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    The Comet & The Tornado

    I purchased this book as soon as i saw it at Barnes & Noble. I became a fan and follower of Dr. Randy Pausch, like many others after seeing his "Last Lecture" on youtube. He was the professor from Carnegie Mellon that passed away nearly two years ago from Pancreatic Cancer. He was asked to do his "Last Lecture" as part of a series of lectures that Carnegie Mellon University has done. However, other than television interviews and possibly some personal lectures to his loved ones, this was his last lecture. To say that Randy Pausch had a full life would seem to say that he had lived long enough, but as i know when loved ones pass, there was never enough time. His last lecture tells about his life and this book, "The Comet & The Tornado" shares another side of his life through his program partner and friend Don Marinelli. I actually purchased this book so that i could learn some more of the man Randy Pausch and about the legacy that will live on through the curriculum and program that he and Don created. Great book, inspiring words about a man and a friend. It also contains an iteractive dvd to ask questions of Don Marinelli, quite clever!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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