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?"

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

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

save our cities© 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

Bucky with model© 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.