At least he got to play poker with Einstein and Data!
Yep. I also imagine in his wildest dreams he never imagined he would get to see a live video of a dummy in a slick looking space suit riding a convertible towards Mars with the song Space Oddity playing.
His life was perhaps a little shorter than it could have been....but it could have and probably should have been so much shorter still...he did so much with so many obstacles...so he had a pretty **** good ride IMO.
I remember a Simpsons episode he "played" in. Lisa is the little scientist who finds "gasp" a fossil that seems to back up the Bible and the concept of Angels. Lisa has a crisis of sorts. Dr Hawking is called in. Eventually it is found it fake and was just some marketing gimmick. Lisa and Dr Hawking look like fools. Lisa asks Hawking what they should learn from it all. His answer " Sometimes you can be too smart for you own **** good".
The man also had a good sense of humor.
take care Dr Hawking.