Call Me Trimtab

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:50 pm

Call Me Trimtab. I adore R. Buckminster Fuller. He’s most famous (to the average person) for inventing the geodesic dome, but he was exactly the kind of person I try to be. His tombstone is inscribed with his guiding phrase, “Call me tribtab.” The trimtab is a small moving extention of a ship’s rudder. By moving the trimtab just a litlle bit, expending very little energy, the rudder is compelled to follow. And after the rudder, the ship. So changing something very small can change the course of something very large, like an aircraft carrier. Or society. Call me trimtab. A fellow has written a one man show about R. Buckminster Fuller, and it’s gotten rave reviews in California. I’d love to do it here sometime. I’ve finally gotten the contact information for the author, now I need to follow through.


  1. howdy from belfast northern ireland,

    I’m a huge bucky fan too,

    I came across “the gineau pig b essay in a library once, and i’ve been hooked since.

    I’m working through his books at the minute.

    We haven’t got enough heroes who could picture a positive future, he could.

    I’d really love to hear how you get on with the one man show, would it be possible to get a copy of the manuscript if you get it. I dont if we’ll be seeing the show this side of the atlantic in the near future.

    Best of luck, why not check out my band black taj @ www.blacktajmusic.com



    Comment by conor mckenna — 1/9/2004 @ 10:49 am

  2. I’m a big admirer of Bucky too. I wonder how many people today follow his work and philosophy?

    Comment by Vinod — 2/11/2008 @ 2:45 am

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