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SnakebyteXX
10-08-2005, 02:39 PM
"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

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Ken Olsen, president & founder of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977

"This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a 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 1920s.

"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.

"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 .

"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.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." Bill Gates 1981.


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Fran Crimi
10-08-2005, 05:37 PM
Here's another:

Barry Cunningham, JK Rowling's first editor: "I told her she wouldn't make any money at children's books, and she should get a day job."