Did they really say that?
By Brenda Harrison, Editor
You’ve heard the expression “egg on your face.” Consider these rejections and comments on talent, business ideas and inventions:
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
“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.
“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” – Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
“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
“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.
“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
“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.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 “But what...is it good for?” – Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
“Nobody will ever need more than 640K RAM!” – Bill Gates, 1981
“Windows 95 needs at least 8MB RAM.” – Bill Gates, 1996 “Nobody will ever need Windows 95.” – logical conclusion
“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.
“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” –H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
Source: Anvari.org/ famouslastwords