A first-class, brilliant New England eccentric

  Architect, inventor and futurist Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome for the 1967 Montreal World's Fair. Born in Milton, Mass., he spent much of his life in Massachusetts and Maine.

Architect, inventor and futurist Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome for the 1967 Montreal World's Fair. Born in Milton, Mass., he spent much of his life in Massachusetts and Maine.

Buckminster Fuller  {1895-1983} was down in Pennsylvania, then he'd come up and go to his island in Maine. He wanted to remain a New Englander. He taught from '48 to '49 and '50 at Black Mountain College. That's where he met Kenneth Snelson {sculptor and photographer). Fuller kind of stayed a Yankee right in the New England area. So it was pretty easy to get him to come on over, and we would have lectures at the Harvard Science Center.

-- The late Paul Laffoley (artist and architect)

  Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s.

Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s.

 

"I am now close top 88 and I am confident that the only thing important about me is that I am an average healthy human. I am also a living case history of a thoroughly documented, half-century, search-and-research project designed to discover what, if anything, an unknown, moneyless individual, with a dependent wife and newborn child, might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity that could not be accomplished by great nations, great religions or private enterprise, no matter how rich or powerfully armed.'' 


— "Bucky'' Fuller, 1983

 

I heard Bucky's talk at my high school in 1964. It was incomprehensible but entertaining.  A first-class New England eccentric!

  Graves of the Fullers in Cambridge, Mass., where rest many New England notables

Graves of the Fullers in Cambridge, Mass., where rest many New England notables