Monday, November 16, 2009

Bob Schieffer's Other Predictions

By Nicole Coulter

This morning on The CBS Early Show, Bob Schieffer graciously offered his conclusion that Sarah Palin does not have a future in politics. Despite the epoch book tour and more interest in her than the entire Republican party, he deemed her merely a momentary "amusement." Fortunately, through the wonders of the internet we were able to track down a few of Mr. Schieffer's other predictions over his 130-year career in journalism and see how they've turned out. By the looks of it, Palin's got quite the future!

Talking about Michael Jordan in June of 1990:

SCHIEFFER: I think Michael Jordan is going to sell a lot of Gatorade and shoes. I think he’ll be a great attraction, you know, as an amusement....But I can’t imagine that he has much future as an NBA champion. I really don’t. He can score a lot of points, but he's just not in the same league as Larry Bird or Isiah Thomas. He's whining now about the Bad Boys who applied those Jordan Rules on him and his own coaches. I don’t think it’s going to work.... It’s kind of like a baseball player blaming the other team or the bat boy or something. After losing in the playoffs for 8 straight years, my guess is Jordan is not ever going to win an NBA championship. I don’t think he'll get that far.”
On Ronald Reagan's future in 1976:

SCHIEFFER: I think Ronald Reagan is going to sell a lot of hair gel and magazine subscriptions. I think he’ll be a great attraction, you know, as an amusement....But I can’t imagine that he has much future in politics. I really don’t. He can give a good speech, but he's just not in the same league as Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford. He's whining now about the evils of communism and the wimps in his own party. I don’t think it’s going to work.... It’s kind of like a baseball player blaming the other team or the bat boy or something. After losing in the primary to Gerald Ford, my guess is Reagan is not ever going to become president. I don’t think he'll get that far.”
On the rise of the Beatles in 1964:

SCHIEFFER: I think the Beatles are going to sell a lot of albums. I think they’ll be a great attraction, you know, as an amusement....But I can’t imagine that they have much future as recording artists. I really don’t. They can put on a good show, but they're just not in the same league as The Beach Boys and The Everly Brothers. My guess is the Beatles will be a big deal for short time, but I don’t think we'll be talking about them in three years.”
On the invention of the light bulb in 1879:

SCHIEFFER: I think Thomas Edison is going to sell a lot of light bulbs. I think they’ll be a great attraction, you know, as an amusement....But I can’t imagine that incandescent lighting has much of a future as an actual household commodity. I really don’t. Sure these little bulbs light up a room, but they're just not in the same league as oil lamps. I don’t think they'll get us that far.”
Amazing predictions, Bob. Keep up the great work!

1 comments:

Doug Gibson, Steve Stones 11/16/2009 6:06 PM  

Well done Nicole. Schieffer needs his bubble pierced!

Doug Gibson

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