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My Mother’s Home
“She is squeezing my hand!” R. Buckminster Fuller

Richard Buckminster Fuller would have been 125 years old today. Many know of his works, such as Dymaxion Map, Dymaxion House, or Dymaxion Car, or in promoting the geodesic dome.

But not as many may know of his death. He had been married for sixty-six years. His wife was in the hospital in a coma and dying. According to Wikipedia:

It was while visiting her there that he exclaimed, at a certain point: “She is squeezing my hand!” He then stood up, suffered a heart attack, and died an hour later, at age 87. His wife of 66 years died 36 hours later.

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  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    This is the Quote of the Day. If you have a quotation you would like to share, well, Tuesday would be a good day.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  2. Randy Webster Member

    Aren’t buckyballs named after him?

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    • July 12, 2020, at 12:01 PM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Aren’t buckyballs named after him?

    Yes. There is the substance, Buckminsterfullerene, which is the molecule made of 60 carbon atoms. There is the truncated icosahedron. And then there are the magnets.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 12:12 PM PDT
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  4. Vectorman Thatcher

    Shameless plug for a previous Bucky QOTD.

    Arahant: He then stood up, suffered a heart attack, and died an hour later, at age 87. His wife of 66 years died 36 hours later.

    The same thing happened to my maternal Aunt and Uncle.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 12:19 PM PDT
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  5. KentForrester Moderator

    That’s the way to go. Lead a full life, accompanied by a good wife, and then poof! you’re gone. 

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    • July 12, 2020, at 12:33 PM PDT
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  6. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I never knew that. Thank you. I’ve read books about Fuller’s work and it seldom mentions his personal life, which is a shame. He seems to have been one of the nicest eccentrics you could ever meet.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 1:17 PM PDT
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  7. Samuel Block Support

    There was a friend of my grandfather’s who he knew from Hartford. Apparently the man had a running joke with my grandmother: When she answered the phone, he’d tell her, “Ann! Have your suitcase ready and I’ll have the car running.”

    This friend died while my grandfather was on his deathbed. My uncle, who was still running the funeral home up there, decided not to tell his father, who was still conscious at the time. But it’s nice to know that there was somebody holding the door for Papa when he arrived.

    Great post, ‘hant! I didn’t know any of this.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 2:13 PM PDT
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  8. Bruce Caward Thatcher
    Bruce Caward Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Goosebumps.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 4:08 PM PDT
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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Doormat Coolidge

    Where is that dome house? There was one that looked exactly like that near my home town. It was . . . weird inside.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 4:37 PM PDT
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  10. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… (View Comment):

    Where is that dome house? There was one that looked exactly like that near my home town. It was . . . weird inside.

    Indiana.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 5:09 PM PDT
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  11. Qoumidan Coolidge

    I think it may speak poorly of me that the only things I know about that guy I learned from some sci-fi book. I was surprised much later to find out he was a real person.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 6:17 PM PDT
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  12. Flicker Coolidge

    Qoumidan (View Comment):

    I think it may speak poorly of me that the only things I know about that guy I learned from some sci-fi book. I was surprised much later to find out he was a real person.

    He does have sort of made-up sounding name, doesn’t he.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 8:29 PM PDT
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  13. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Qoumidan (View Comment):

    I think it may speak poorly of me that the only things I know about that guy I learned from some sci-fi book. I was surprised much later to find out he was a real person.

    He does have sort of made-up sounding name, doesn’t he.

    And a made-up sounding life.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 8:47 PM PDT
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  14. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Qoumidan (View Comment):

    I think it may speak poorly of me that the only things I know about that guy I learned from some sci-fi book. I was surprised much later to find out he was a real person.

    GrimNoir? That was actually quite an accurate portrayal of the man.

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    • July 13, 2020, at 10:12 AM PDT
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  15. DrewInWisconsin, Doormat Coolidge

    On the TV show Andromeda space ships were equipped with Bucky Cables.

    A Bucky cable is an intelligent harpoon, which tracks its targets by the instructions of the computer on board of the firing ship. It is primarily used to recover any kind of salvage or to haul damaged ships. It is also used for many other applications, and is renowned for its high tensile strength and endurance. It is used in orbital elevators because of its strength and is also used in spaceships as internal wiring because of its conductivity. . . .

    The name refers to the use of Carbon Fullerine in their construction, leading to their great strength. The original compounds were developed by scientist Buckminster Fuller, and named Fullerines in his honour, but the large icosahedron shapes are affectionately known as “bucky balls”, and the cable’s name comes from this old moniker.

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    • July 13, 2020, at 11:20 AM PDT
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  16. Qoumidan Coolidge

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Qoumidan (View Comment):

    I think it may speak poorly of me that the only things I know about that guy I learned from some sci-fi book. I was surprised much later to find out he was a real person.

    GrimNoir? That was actually quite an accurate portrayal of the man.

    I don’t remember. It had to do with space travel and those two things are the only things I remember about it.

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    • July 13, 2020, at 11:27 AM PDT
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