RIP Larry Tesler: The Man That Invented Cut, Copy, And Paste On The Computer

BBC- Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, has died at the age of 74. Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people. It was thanks to his innovations - which included the "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands - that the personal computer became simple to learn and use.

RIP Larry Tesler: The Man That Invented Cut, Copy, And Paste On The Computer. Ernie Banks once said "The measure of a man is in the lives he's touched". Which means Larry Tesler is pretty much one of the most legendary humans on the planet. It doesn't matter if you are a kid plagiarizing your way through school, a cube monkey crushing formulas on Excel spreadsheets, or just the run of the mill lazy person on the internet that doesn't feel like typing.

Hearing Tesler passed away CTRL-X'd my heart out and I imagine this news did the same to countless others. There is no way Barstool Sports makes it as a company let alone a company valued at $450 million dollars without the Copy & Paste feature that has been used for roughly a zillion blogs. If you think us idiots are bad at typing words that come from our brains, you don't even want to know how bad we would do transcribing a story without CTRL-C and CTRL-V teaming up to effortlessly move paragraphs around like a Wade-to-LeBron dunk.

Chris Bosh is obviously CTRL-X in this comparison

The fact that Tesler invented Find and Replace as well yet it didn't even make it into the opening paragraph of the articles discussing his death lets you know the kind of titan of the industry we lost because I legitimately felt like a wizard the first time I used the Replace function.

So RIP In Peace to Larry Tesler, a true legend of the computer world ipso facto the internet world ipso facto the human world that saved countless hand muscles and careers that required even a moderate amount of typing as pretty much the Tommy John of computers. Which is why I am officially inducting Larry as the 2nd member of the Human Hall of Fame that I created, with the only other member being Eli Manning.