Artifact Details

Title

Alto System Project: Larry Tesler demonstration of Gypsy

Catalog Number

102738551

Type

Moving image

Date

2017-09-20

Participants

Atkinson, Justin, Camera person
Brock, David C., Interviewer
Hsu, Hansen, Interviewer
Plutte, Jon, Camera person
Plutte, Max, Camera person
Tesler, Larry, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Fremont, CA

Duration

00:52:40

Format

MOV

Description

This interpretive production was created from archival footage of Larry Tesler operating the program “Gypsy” on the Computer History Museum’s restored Xerox Alto computer at the Museum’s Shustek Center on September 20th, 2017. Gypsy is a modeless text editor and document preparation program created by Larry Tesler and Tim Mott in the mid-1970s at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for the Lexington, Massachusetts-based Ginn and Company, a Xerox subsidiary and textbook publisher. In Gypsy, Tesler and Mott made one of the earliest implementations of the “Cut and Paste” idiom for text editing, which has become ubiquitous in computing. This video captures Larry Tesler’s demonstration of cut and paste in Gypsy.

Category

Oral history

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8330.2018