The legacy of ‘The Last Lecture’ published in Digital Genealogist

Monday, 8 Sep 2008 | by Mark Tucker
The Last Lecture


The September/October 2008 issue of Digital Genealogist was sent out this last weekend and I am pleased to announce that I have an article published in it.  The article is titled The legacy of ‘The Last Lecture’ and talks about the story of Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, that inspired millions through a talk he gave while he was dying of pancreatic cancer.  The content of his lecture and some of the backstory has been released as a book called The Last Lecture.

I first heard Randy’s story back in April 2008.  Soon after that I felt compelled to write about how his story inspired me and how I felt it related to family history.  When I wrote the article, I gave no thought about publishing it.  After a few months, I felt like I wanted to share it with others so I contacted Digital Genealogist who agreed to publish it. 

For those who subscribe to DG, I hope you enjoy the article and encourage you to share it with family and friends.  If you don’t subscribe, check out the current issue, read the free articles and then consider ordering a subscription for $20 a year (6 issues).  You also have the option of buying past issues for $4.  For those who may be new to this magazine, Digital Genealogist was started in 2006 by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG, CGL and is delivered via the Internet in PDF format.

Table of Contents - September/October 2008 issue:

Computers vs. humans: comparing outputs of genealogy programs, by Debbie Parker Wayne
E-mail black holes, by Richard Aurand Sherer
The legacy of ‘The Last Lecture,’ by Mark Tucker
On becoming a virtual speaker, by Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG
Addicted to the blogs, by George G. Morgan

Editor’s desktop: Creative change is in the air, by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG, CGL
Cybrarian: Stalking the wild book, by Drew Smith, MLS
Essential technology for genealogists: Print-on-demand, by D. Joshua Taylor
Mac genie: Bibliographic managers for Mac genies, by Donald Moore, CG
Web of deceit: Searches gone sour, by Susan Zacharias

Genlighten, reviewed by Jana Sloan Broglin, CG

Reviews of this ‘n’ that
Your Family Story in Photographs: Capturing Memories, reviewed by Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL
The Family History Research Toolkit, reviewed by Elizabeth Powell Crowe
Genealogy Online, 8th edition, reviewed by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG

As a surprising twist, The Last Lecture article will also be published in the next issue of another magazine.  What an honor!  I think that I will keep the name secret for now.  Those who subscribe to DG will have the inside scoop though.


  1. Mark, I’ve heard about the last lecture already.
    It was hard to miss with all the attention it got on the net.

    > “For those who subscribe to DG, I hope you enjoy the article and encourage you to share it with family and friends.”

    How about you share it with us, your readers?
    I am curious to know what your genealogy turn to this story is.

    > “If you don’t subscribe, check out the current issue, read the free articles and then consider ordering a subscription”

    Thanks, but no thanks.
    The first issues is a free sample issue. It got a lot of press back then, so I checked it out, and it was obviously catering to genealogy beginners only. There is little technology stuff, and what’s there is at grade school level at best. As an educated adult, I want something more substantial for my hard earned money.

    Only because you asked, I check the latest free article. I am sorry to say the mag has not improved since then.
    Summary of the latest sample article: There are blogs. Some are about genealogy. You can subscribe to blogs using Google Reader.
    Come one, is that even an article? It does not make me THINK about GENEALOGY.

    > “As a surprising twist, The Last Lecture article will also be published in the next issue of another magazine. ”
    Give us a hint? Please?

    Comment by Ann Conley — 9 Sep 2008 @ 2:45 am

  2. Well done Mark! Congratulations are certainly in order.

    Sheri Fenley

    Comment by Sheri Fenley — 9 Sep 2008 @ 3:10 am

  3. I forgot to tell you that you have been awarded the “I Heart Your Blog” award over on my blog, the Educated Genealogist.

    Sheri Fenley

    Comment by Sheri Fenley — 13 Sep 2008 @ 2:43 am

  4. Link to current issue broken:

    Not Found
    The requested URL /current.html was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


    Apache/2.2.9 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.9 OpenSSL/0.9.8i DAV/2 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/ Server at Port 80

    Comment by Jeff — 2 Oct 2008 @ 8:54 pm

  5. Fixed the link to the current issue. Thanks, Jeff.

    Comment by Mark Tucker — 3 Oct 2008 @ 12:06 am

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