What does anybody know?

10 10 2005

The rate at which things are being invented, developed, and updated these days will lead anyone to believe that soon people will run out of things to uncover. So, when you think you’ve seen it all, stop and think again. Have you?

Editor of Live Sound International, Keith Clark, while doing research on a project, found these quotes that I’m presenting below. Clark’s editorial was more to make people who suffer from ‘foot in mouth’ disease, and think they’ve said some really dumb things, feel better. I’ve found it quite remarkable and couldn’t wait to share with you all.

1. “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”–H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

2. “This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no use to us.”– An internal Western Union memo, 1876

3. “I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.”– IBM Chairman Thomas Watson, 1943

4. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”– Ken Olson, founder, chairman & president of DEC, 1977

5. “Everything that can be invented has already been invented.”–Charles H. Duell, director of the U.S. Patent Office, 1899

6. “A rocket will never be able to leave the earth’s atmosphere.”–The New York Times, 1936

7. “But what…is it good for?”– An engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip

8. “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

9. “The world is coming to an end in 1950.”–Historian Henry Adams, 1903

10. “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.”–Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Robert Milliken, 1923

11. “Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”–Producer Daryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, 1946

12. “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 in his project to drill for oil, 1859

13. “The atom bomb will never go off-and I speak as an expert in explosives.”–U.S Admiral William Leahy, 1945

14. “By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.”–Visionary and Inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, 1954

15. “You ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”–The Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Denny to Elvis Presley, 1954

16. “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 student Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express)

17. “And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietman.”–Newsweek magazine, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.

William Goldman hit the jackpot long time ago when wrote, “Nobody knows anything.”

If you have more such quotes to share, please do.

Thank you, Keith Clark, for sharing this with your readers!

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