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Expert Opinions [was: Why The Cover-Up?]

From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 11:18:01 -0700
Archived: Fri, 03 Aug 2007 09:15:13 -0400
Subject: Expert Opinions [was: Why The Cover-Up?]

>From: John Rimmer <j.rimmer.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 16:15:09 +0100
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>It would be a good thing if you could come up with a few more
>examples, as the meteorites story gets trotted out so often
>that it'a almost becoming counterproductive, rather like the
>'more things in heaven and earth' quote that's almost a signal
>that the writer is scraping the bottom of the barrel for an

Some of these may be more pertinent than others, but here is an
interesting list of 'expert opinions':

"Man will never reach the moon, regardless of all future scientific
   --Dr. Lee DeForest, Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.

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

"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
                --Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science,

"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."
     --Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what is it good for?" (commenting on the microchip)
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM,

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

"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

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.
Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
(in response to urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s)
                                     --David Sarnoff' Associates

"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 Fred
        Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service.
        Smith went on to found Federal Express.

"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.

"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 for his project
        to drill for oil, 1859

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
             --Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale, 1929

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
        --Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy,
          Ecole Superieure de Guerre, France

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
                  --Charles H. Duell, Commissioner,
                    US Office of Patents, 1899

"The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all
of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated
by the number of vacuum tubes required."
           --Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University

"I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would
make copies of documents. It certainly couldn't be a feasible business
by itself."
                         --the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea,
                           forcing the inventor to found Xerox

"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

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
                   --Ken Olson, president, chairman, founder of
                     Digital Equipment Corp.,1977

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