Mockingbird & Rose Bushes & the Plasma Thingy

Kenneth 'pawl' Collins k.p.collins at
Wed Nov 20 21:02:06 EST 2002

Back in '96, I read a post that, it seems to me, is appropriate at
this juncture:

So I'll re-post it here, in its entirety.

Again, please direct all 'heat' to me. I'm leaving the original stuff
only to Honor Truth with respect to the prior poster's work in
collecting the contents of that which I re-post.

k. p. collins

Subject: Re: [Fwd: Re: The Conscious Mind -- David Chalmers]
Date: 9 Oct 1996 21:03:07 -0400
From: hubey at (H. M. Hubey)
Organization: Montclair State University

Time for a repost  :-)..

 "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,
       commenting on the microchip.

 "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
       Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital
Equipment Corp.,

 "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously
considered as a
  means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to
       Western Union internal memo, 1876.

 "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who
  payfor 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
  than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."
       A Yale University management professor in response to Fred
       paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith
went on to
       found Federal Express Corp.

 "Who the h--- 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
  Gary Cooper."
       Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in
       With The Wind."

 "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports
  America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you
       Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields'

 "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. The
  literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."
       Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives
for 3-M
       "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.
  haven't got through college yet.'"
       Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get
       and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal

 "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and
  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
       1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's
       rocket work.

 "You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across
  of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You
  have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable
  condition of weight training."
       Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem
       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.

 "The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
       Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project.

 "This fellow Charles Lindbergh will never make it. He's doomed."
       Harry Guggenheim, millionaire aviation enthusiast.

 "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
       de Guerre.

 "Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific
       Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube and father of

 "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.

 "If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of
  cancer, it seems to be a minor one."
       -Dr. W.C. Heuper of the National Cancer Institute, as quoted
        the New York Times on April 14, 1954.

 "For the majority of People, smoking has a beneficial effect."
       -Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles surgeon, quoted in
        "Newsweek", Nov.18th 1963.

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

Regards, Mark
hubey at

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