NPR’s Scott Simon takes a moment to remember the legacy of computer scientist Larry Tesler, the man who came up the copy-and-paste function. Tesler died this week at the age of 74.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
A moment now to remember a computer pioneer whose last name was not Jobs or Gates, but he helped make this sentence possible. Larry Tesler, working with his partner Tim Mott, helped create the computer function now known as cut and paste.
TIM MOTT: Larry was the one who co-opted the term.
SIMON: That’s Tim Mott.
MOTT: But it’s actually a term that has existed in printing and publishing for centuries going back from the time when they would actually cut and paste elements in paper to put together rough copy.
SIMON: Mott and Tesler worked for Xerox in the 1970s. The company wanted to bring computer technology into the world of publishing. They were