I was watching some TED Talks last night and came across Ian Ritchie and his talk "The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee." It's an entertaining short talk on the development of hypertext and the web. Well worth a watch. If you've not come across TED talks you're in for a treat, but be prepared for some late nights. I can't stop watching them into the we small hours.
Incidentally in 1992 Tim Berners-Lee's paper on the WWW was turned down from the Hypertext conference.