Client editor posts musical tribute to ‘Last Lecture’ author

Our good friend Tom Dermody, editor in chief of The Catholic Post in Peoria, Ill., earlier composed a musical tribute to Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor whose “Last Lecture” nearly a year ago captivated the nation. Now that Pausch has died, Tom posted the tribute on YouTube:

This isn’t Tom’s first foray into public musicianship. In 2003 his song of prayer for U.S. troops deployed in Iraq became a local favorite in Peoria. In 1997 a collection of 10 songs written by Tom and performed by Professional Bowlers Association tour winner Randy Pedersen and some of central Illinois’ best country musicians was released in an album called “Bowl Me Over.”

And none of us here at CNS can forget Tom’s tribute to the news service at the annual Catholic press convention in 1995, when CNS celebrated its 75th anniversary. The convention was in Los Angeles that year and, given its proximity to Disneyland and Hollywood, Tom decide to rewrite the lyrics to “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast” into a song simply titled “CNS.” Unfortunately — or maybe fortunately — there is no footage of that song available on YouTube.

(Hat tip to Anne Marie Amacher at The Catholic Messenger in the neighboring Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, for the alert!)

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