Jessica Roy tracks down the man behind the legendary prank:
On May 15, 2007, a then-19-year-old YouTube user named Shawn Cotter–employing the handle "cotter548"–uploaded the music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up," intending to troll some of his fellow gaming cohorts on 4chan. Mr. Cotter, who was serving in the Air Force in South Korea at the time, linked to the video under the pretense that it was a new trailer for Grand Theft Auto: IV. …
To date, "Rickroll’d" has been viewed over 64 million times–most of them probably by mistake, considering the spirit of the meme. Mr. Cotter remained anonymous before coming forward in a Reddit AMA late last year.
It's a shame what he said about Obama.