Professor Pausch = Captain Pausch

You might remember Randy Pausch, the computer science professor diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer whose inspirational final lecture has, well, inspired a lot of people.

Since I originally wrote about him, Randy has since been on Oprah, among other things. Though that particular milestone probably wasn’t on his famous list of things to accomplish, one of the other things became a little more attainable.

J.J. Abrams, director of the newest incarnation of Star Trek (a movie that co-stars Pittsburgh native Zachary Quinto), heard about Randy’s long-held wish and made him an offer:

So, I just wanted to put the invitation out there — that if you had any desire to be in the film (can’t promise you role as CAPTAIN, but… we could do SOMETHING!), it would be my honor and pleasure.

Like any good fan, Randy took J.J. up on the offer – you can read about his adventure on his blog (you’ll have to scroll down a bit for it).

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