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Reclamation's Decision Process Guide

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It is hard to see the future when looking at today's realities. Keep these guys in mind as you look at options and see if your ideas will fly

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
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.
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927. [referring to the advent of "talkies"]
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.
Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction 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 schools.
1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.
Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction"
Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872


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