[guispeak] Fwd: [ccbchat] Famous Last Words

  • From: Andy Baracco <wq6r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: acb-l@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 22:37:09 -0700

Some humor.

Famous Last Words
> "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular
> Mechanics, forecasting
> the relentless march of science, 1949.
> "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." --Thomas
> Watson,
> chairman
> of IBM, 1943.
> "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with
> the
> best
> people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last
> out the
> year." - The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
> "But what is it good for?" -- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems
> Division
> of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
> "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Olson,
> president,
> chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
> "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as
> means of
> communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." - Western
> Union
> internal
> memo, 1876.
> "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay
> for a message
> sent to nobody in particular?" -- David Sarnoff's associates in response
> to
> his urgings
> for investment in the radio in the 1920's.
> "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better
> than a 'C,'
> the idea must be feasible." -- A Yale University management professor in
> response
> to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service.
> (Smith
> went
> on to found Federal Express Corp.)
> "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" -- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers,
> 1927.
> "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary
> Cooper."
> --Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With
> The
> Wind."
> "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say
> America likes
> crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." --Response to
> Debbi Fields'
> idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.
> "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca
> Recording
> Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
> "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." -- Lord Kelvin,
> president, Royal
> Society, 1895.
> If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. Then
> literature is
> full of examples that said you can't do this." -- Spencer Silver, on the
> work that
> led to the unique adhesives for 3m Post-It" Notepads.
> "So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing even
> built
> with
> some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or, we'll give
> it to
> you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And
> they said,
> 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't
> need
> you.
> You haven't got through college yet.'" -- Apple Computer Inc. founder
> Steve
> Jobs
> on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's
> personal computer.
> "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction
> and the
> need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He
> seems
> to lack
> the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." --1921 New York
> Times
> editorial
> about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.
> "You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of
> your muscles?
> It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept
> inconsistent
> muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training." --
> Response to
> Arthur Jones, who solved the unsolvable problem by inventing Nautilus.
> "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're
> crazy."
> --Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for
> oil in
> 1859.
> "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." - Irving
> Fisher,
> Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
> "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." - Marechal
> Ferdinand Foch,
> Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
> "Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell,
> Commissioner,
> U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
> "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction". -- Pierre Pachet,
> Professor
> of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
> "The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the
> intrusion of
> the wise and humane surgeon". - Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon,
> appointed
> Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.
> "640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates, 1981

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