July 30, 2008 Edition

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Grandparents' corner

Tristin Higginbottom, age 5, and Eli Higginbottom, 20 months, are the grandchildren of Charles D. and Modene Hoggard of Smithville and Mike and Leila Higginbottom of Cave City.

They are the great-grandchildren of Bill and Imogene Brown and Joe and Elaine Minter, all of Cave City.

They are the children of Seth and Brianne Higginbottom of Cave City.

Pausch left
legacy for all

As did many others, I first heard of Randy Pausch when his lecture, titled "The Last Lecture," swept across the Internet last fall.

Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. The university has a tradition of asking professors to share their wisdom and what they would consider to be their most important ideas as if it were their last opportunity.

Pausch was asked to give the lecture, and for him, the reality of a final lecture was no stretch of the imagination. Just prior to the September lecture, Pausch had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and given three to six months to live.


In his lecture and in what is a bestselling book, written with the help of Jeffrey Zaslow, Pausch explained that his real motivation for doing the lecture and book was his three young children. He wanted them to know who he was and to pass on to them what he deemed as important in life.

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