Chapter 4 Summary

The Parent Lottery

Pausch believes he won the “parent lottery.” Because of his parents, he was able to live out his childhood dreams. His mother was an “old-school” English teacher who accepted no nonsense and no excuses; she had high expectations for her students, and she had the same for her son. His father was a medic in World War II. He founded a nonprofit organization to help immigrant children learn English, and he sold insurance for a living. His father’s clients were disadvantaged in many ways, and he worked hard to get them insured. Pausch’s dad was his hero.

The family lived in Columbia, Maryland. Pausch’s parents were frugal in the best way, which forced Randy and...

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