Happy Birthday Bucky Fuller!

Bucky's gravestone
CC BY 2.0 wikipedia/ Bucky and Anne's Gravestone.

It's Bucky's 119th birthday today. So why does his gravestone say "Call me Trimtab"? According to this quote from the Buckminster Fuller Institute:

When I thought about steering the course of the "Spaceship Earth" and all of humanity, I saw most people trying to turn the boat by pushing the bow around. I saw that by being all the way at the tail of the ship, by just kicking my foot to one side or the other, I could create the "low pressure" which would turn the whole ship. If ever someone wanted to write my epitaph, I would want it to say "Call me Trimtab".

So throw a steak on the barbie and celebrate; Bucky believed " that meat was the best way for us earthlings to get good nutrition, and for long periods of time he ate only steak, prunes, Jell-O and strong tea three or four times a day."

Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Bucky stories on TreeHugger:

Did Bucky Fuller really design a soccer ball?

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A lot of websites have said he did, but in a word, no.
More: Did Bucky Fuller really design a soccer ball?

"Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?"

© Historic Preservation Education Foundation

Bucky answered: Why not? (and a bit more in our Pi Day tribute)
More: "Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?"

Bucky Fuller's grain silo houses found in New Jersey

© Sebastiaan Kaal/ Buckminster Fuller Institute

In 1940, before the Wichita House or the geodesic dome, Bucky Fuller was fascinated by the technology used to build grain silos.
More: Bucky Fuller's grain silo houses found in New Jersey

A look at Bucky Fuller's dome over New York City

© R. Buckminster Fuller Savings in snow removal alone would have paid for it in ten years. More: A look at Bucky Fuller's dome over New York City

Quote of the Day: Bucky Fuller on How We Live

© Estate of R Buckminster Fuller

Finally, my favorite quote of Bucky's, more relevant today than it ever was:

Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time.
Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time.
Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time.
It's time we gave this some thought.

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