Saturday, July 26, 2008
The book The Last Lecture leaped to the top of the nonfiction best-seller lists after its publication in April and remains there this week. The book deal was reported to be worth more than $6 million.I knew the man only from that lecture, but I am richer for having met him even as briefly as that.
Pausch said he dictated the book to Zaslow by cell phone as he took his daily bike ride, and Zaslow recalled Friday that he was "strong and funny" during their collaboration.
"It was the most fun 53 days of my life because it was like a performance," Zaslow said. "It was like getting 53 extra lectures." He recalled that Pausch became emotional when they worked on the last chapter, though, because that to him was the "end of the lecture, the book, his life." [bold added]
Thank you, Professor Pausch!