We now look forward into the future: the year is 2023. It's time to see how things worked out for famous names who screwed up bigtime.
Rev John Bradford (1510-1555): "There but for the grace of God, go I".
Later he was burnt at the stake.
Maj Gen John Sedgwick (1813-1864) was unimpressed by Confederate sniper fire. "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!", he joked.
Battle of Spotsylvania, 1864.
1876: Western Union, offered the patent for Alexander Graham Bell's new invention at a knockdown price, reply: "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a...