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07/14/13 - R.I.P. Ken Shoulders June 7th

Ken Shoulders - 88

"I have slowly come to a view about the availability of energy that is now so firmly locked in my basic belief that I feel compelled to pass it on to others not having such a firm resolve.

With my presently held view, I see no problem whatsoever in easily extracting all of the energy mankind needs from our immediate environs.

It is not an involved problem at all except of the behavioral characteristics of man himself who seems more prone to moan about his plight and engage in the minutia of endless circles instead of pressing onward." --- Ken Shoulders

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Ken Shoulders Home and Shop Photos - Mar 11, 2008

Home, land, workshops and equipment used in his research.

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Blinded to the Future

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." --- (Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895)

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." --- (Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943)

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." --- (Ken Olsen, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977)

"The 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)

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." --- (Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French commander of Allied forces during the closing months of World War I, 1918)

"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 radio in the 1920's)

"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." --- (New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work, 1921)

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" --- (Harry M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927)

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." (Charles H. Duell, commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899)

"The [flying] machine will eventually be fast; they will be used in sport, but they are not to be thought of as commercial carriers." -- Octave Chanute, aviation pioneer, 1904.

"The ordinary 'horseless carriage' is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never come into as common use as the bicycle." -- The Literary Digest, 1889.

"[It] is, of course, altogether valueless.... Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality." -- Lt. Joseph D. Ives, Corps of Topographical Engineers, 1861, on the Grand Canyon.

"Landing and moving around on the moon offer so many serious problems for human beings that it may take science another 200 years to lick them." -- Science Digest, August, 1948.

"X rays are a hoax." "Aircraft flight is impossible." "Radio has no future." -- Physicist and mathematician Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, Chairman, IBM, 1943.

"The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives." -- Adm. William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Energy Project, 1945.

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." -- Popular Mechanics, 1949.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co., in rejecting the Beatles, 1962.