Saving the art of Randy Pausch, Last Lecture author
The Columbia Flier has a fascinating story about the boyhood home of Randy Pausch, the college professor who gained fame for confronting questions of life and (his impending) death in "The Last Lecture."
The ranch house in Columbia, Md., is being sold, but before any remodeling took place, the artwork that Pausch and his sister created in his bedroom was saved. Some of it will be placed in a studio at Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught, according to David Greisman's article. It's quirky -- just what you'd expect from a future computer science teacher: A silver elevator door reaches nearly from floor to ceiling, the numbers above indicating that the bedroom is on the third of six floors. A green and red box informs the reader that "at the bottom of Pandora's box was hope," and on the ceiling are letters, written backward, that read: "Help! I'm trapped in the attic."
In the article, James David Whitewolf of the university's Entertainment Technology Center, explained the push to save Pausch's work: "Randy was an important person to a lot of people, and what he said and the way he lived his life affected a lot of people. We want to take the few remaining artifacts that we have from his actual living existence and preserve them so that other people can be affected as well."