Many serious people on whom it was depended very much, were sure that many serious things we live with now are impossible:
DIFFERENT THINGS PEOPLE WERE "SURE OF".
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communications. The device is inherently of no value to us".
WESTERN UNION Internal Memo, 1876
"The concept is interesting, and weii 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 over-night delivery service. Smith went on to found Federal Express Corporation.
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?".
H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out".
Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles.
"Havier-than-air flying machines are impossible".
Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895.
"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 Hewlett-Packard interested in his and Steve Wozniak's first personal computer.
"I think there is a world market for about five computers".
Thomas J Watson, Chairman of the Board, IBM.
"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.
Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project.
Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube, and father of the television.