Famous Lost Words
"The Earth is degenerating today.
Bribery and corruption abound.
Children no longer obey their
parents ... and it is evident
that the end of the world is fast
Shortsightedness can also be
attributed to the Spanish Royal
Commission when they rejected
Christopher Columbus' proposal to
sail west with the words, "So many
centuries after the Creation, it is
unlikely that anyone could find hith-
hough it seems that this
erto unknown lands of any value." I
quote may have appeared in
am sure that the space agency is not
some recent news-
using the same thought
paper because of its timely
process on exploration. Of
description, it actually is
course, in 1936, the New
attributed to a writer of an
York Times carried the
Assyrian tablet, c. 2,800
statement, "A rocket will
B.C.E. When it comes to the
never be able to leave the
state of things in the world
or especially inventiveness,
When it comes to inven-
we sometimes seem to be
tions, it is vital that one see
the broader scope. When
These troubling times
they do not ... well, con-
have, unfortunately, reared
Sy M anello
their ugly presence before
• "Who wants to hear
this. In 1929, Irving Fisher
talk?" (H.M. Warner,
was quoted as observing
founder of Warner Brothers
that, "Stocks have reached what looks film studios, 1927)
like a permanently high plateau." And
• "This telephone has too many
then came that October!
shortcomings to be seriously con-
Can you imagine the dismay of the
sidered as a means of communica-
owners of Decca Records to recall
tion. The device is inherently of no
their words in 1962: "We don't like
value to us." (Western Union internal
their sound. Groups of guitars are on
the way out." These words were used
•"Everything that can be invented has
in rejecting the Beatles.
been invented." (Charles H. Duell, corn-
missioner, U.S. office of Patents, 1899)
• "Radio is just a fashion contriv-
ance that will soon die out. It is obvi-
ous that there will never be invented
a proper receiver!" (Thomas Edison)
• "You're planning to make a ship
sail against the wind and tide by
lighting a fire below deck? I don't
have time to listen to that kind of
nonsense!" (Napolean, about Robert
Fulton's plans to make a steamboat).
Now for the piece de resistance.
Consider the various forms of
pocket-size communicators, the many
in-home, active participant video
games, etc., and recall the words
of Ken Olson, president, chairman
and founder of Digital Equipment
Corp., when he said in 1977, "There
is no reason anyone would want a
computer in their home."
These historic blunders should
remind us that nothing is impossible;
nothing should be rejected out of
hand. I I
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