In 1962 for nervous musicians played their first record audition for the executives of the Decca Recording Company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out”.
- The group was called The Beatles.
In 1944, Emmeline Snivley, Director of the Blue Book modeling agency told modeling hopeful Norman Jean Baker, “ You’d better learn Secretarial work or else get married”.
- She went on to become Marilyn Monroe.
In 1954 Jimmy Denny, Manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singer after one performance. He told him, “You aren’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck”.
- He went on to become Elvis Presley.
When this gentleman invented a communications machine in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to see one of them ?”.
- He said this to Alexander Graham Bell.
In the 1940s another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947, after seven longs years of rejection, he finally got a tiny company in New York , the Haloid Company to purchase the rights to his invention – an electrostatic paper copying process.
- Haloid became the XEROX Corporation.
She is Wilma Rudolph, who went on to win three Olympic Gold Medals.