Monday, July 17, 2006

Quote of the day - Joe Sobran [the Wright Brothers, Scientific American]

"[A]n article in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, three years after Kitty Hawk,
insisted that the airplane was a "hoax" perpetrated by a
pair of "bicycle mechanics." By then Wilbur and Orville
Wright had made flights of up to a half hour, covering
24 miles, but no newspaper would send reporters or
photographers. Most people didn't know -- and didn't care
to believe -- that a momentous new era in human history
had arrived. They said it couldn't be done! So then,
naturally, they had to say it hadn't been done!"

Joe Sobran

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