R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Lecture    Lake Morey, Vermont USA    July 1980

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Foerd's grandfather and Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller

Note: Foerd's grandfather and Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller (Google Buckminster Fuller) were childhood playmates, classmates at a Milton, Massachusetts, USA secondary school (and briefly college), sailors, and cooperated during wars. The lifelong friends enjoyed reunion of their analytical minds.

Foerd worked in an architecture firm while attending the same school. He started an architecture course, active since 1975, and taught drafting to fellow students.

Buckminster Fuller’s enduring school loyalty included campus visits, during stays with a mutual family friend, and a very special brunch was hosted for we three. After inquiring about family and the architecture program, Bucky spoke a wide range of intriguing topics that quickly filled a young mind.

In the time of OWEC® invention during college, 1978, Foerd and friends attended an intensive "Bucky Seminar" at which he extemporaneously exuded ten hours over three evenings (abbreviated lecture was delivered two years later). A few days after the seminar, as stated in the "About Us" section, one of these friends succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning that also nearly claimed Foerd. Returning to school, a special study program was to map potential world wave energy extraction sites. While OWEC® tetrahedral geometries conform to the Dymaxion Map, some advantage was perceived in rotating its icosahedral grid. Bucky’s sensible reply affirmed the practicality of aligning OWEC® grids.

But three years later, in a lull after tank testing three electrical generating units, Foerd loosely fit thin paper strips to form edge elements of a spherical icosahedron around an Earth globe. Indeed, inferior orientation was revealed with all angle deviation from Dymaxion Map specification. In addition to the letter, Bucky sent information about his floating breakwater patent. Foerd regrets failure to reply because the preliminary mapping project remained incomplete during Bucky's life.

Buckminster Fuller provided clear foresight to the integrated nature of current dilemmas and optimism that humanity may solve critical problems "just-in-time" for balancing living standards.