Below are quotes from some people who tried (unsuccessfully) to predict what the future held:
- From an MGM memo after the first showing of THE WIZARD OF OZ: "That rainbow song's no good. Take it out."
- From a modeling agency that rejected Marilyn Monroe in 1944: "You'd better learn secretarial skills or else get married."
- Lord Kelvin, 1897: "Radio has no future." "X-rays are clearly a hoax". "The airplane is scientifically impossible."
- Concert manager who fired Elvis in 1954: "You ought to go back to driving a truck."
- MGM executive, advising against investing in Gone With The Wind: "Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel."
- Film Company's verdict of Fred Astaire's 1928 screen test: "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald."
- U.S. Admiral William Leahy in 1945: "The atom bomb will never go off - and I speak as an expert in explosives."
- Radio Times editor in 1936 "Television won't matter in your lifetime or mine."
- Director of the US Patent Office, 1899: "Everything that can be invented has been invented."