This is a bit simplistic, but I think if Kodak had just manufactured a decent, sturdy 35mm SLR--something to compete favorably with the Pentax K-1000, etc. back in the day--it would have gone a long way to improve the company's image long term among the public. By the 70s few advanced amateur photographers (or even freshmen photography students) were shooting Kodak cameras. They were mostly viewed as inexpensive, beginner cameras, with little or no exposure control, and I think this reputation somewhat tainted the Kodak brand as digital cameras became popular.