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The inventor inscribes his 1968 book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth to photographer William Read Woodfield.
Inscribed Book signed: "To: Billy and Lili Woodfield Whose vision, work and art may well help humanity to realize that two million of peaceful survival and happiness for all aboard our extraordinary l Earth in friendship Buckminster Fuller Dec 7 1970" on the front flyleaf, and "WRW" on the inside back cover, 143 pages, 5x8. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller. Southern Illinois University Press, 1968. Hardcover with dust jacket. Accompanied by an 8x5 sheet of paper with five typed lines of instructions to build a hexagonal "Tensegrity Rig" with hand-drawn illustration and notations by Fuller on lower half of sheet, Fuller invented the word Tensegrity. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), a futurist who asserted that all human needs could be met through technology and planning, opened up new possibilities for "Spaceship Earth" (a term that he coined). "Bucky", who also coined "synergetics", held patents to over 2,000 inventions, including a pole-suspended Dymaxion House (1927), the Dymaxion Air-ocean World Map (1943) and a World Game (1969) that predicted and solved world problems. A prolific author, he received numerous awards, including the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from Queen Elizabeth II. Fuller frequently gave lectures on architecture and is best known for his development of the geodesic dome. The dome, which has the dimensions, weight and mass to allow it to sit directly on the ground as a complete structure was developed in the 1940s by Fuller. The geodesic dome housed the U.S. exhibition at the Canadian Universal and International Exhibition in Montreal (Expo '67), which opened on April 27, 1967. William Read Woodfield (1928-2001) was a famous photographer who took photographs of Hollywood celebrities like Jayne Mansfield and Elizabeth Taylor and took a series of nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe. He was also magician and a television screenwriter who wrote for shows like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1965, 1966), Lost in Space (1965, 1966), Mission Impossible (1966-1968), Shaft (1973, 1974) and Colombo (1989-1991) . Overall, fine condition.

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Born: July 12, 1895 in Milton, Massachusetts
Died: July 1, 1983 in Los Angeles, California

Born: January 21, 1928 in San Francisco, California
Died: November 24, 2001 in Los Angeles, California

Film Credits
Mission: Impossible (Other), 1993 The Return of Ironside (Writer), 1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host (Writer), 1993 Diagnosis Murder (Writer), 1993 A Twist of the Knife (Writer), 1990-1991 Columbo (Other), 1989-1991 Columbo (Writer), 1984 The Fall Guy (Writer), 1983-1984 Masquerade (Writer), 1983-1984 Masquerade (Other), 1975 Satan's Triangle (Writer), 1975 Barbary Coast (Writer), 1974 Shaft (Other), 1974 Shaft (Producer), 1973-1974 Shaft (Writer), 1971 Earth II (Writer), 1971 Earth II (Producer), 1970 San Francisco International Airport (Producer), 1970 San Francisco International Airport (Writer), 1969 Mission Impossible Versus the Mob (Writer), 1968 Mission: Impossible (Producer), 1966-1968 Mission: Impossible (Writer), 1966 The Time Tunnel (Writer), 1965-1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Writer), 1965-1966 Lost in Space (Writer), 1965 Convoy (Writer), 1963 Come Blow Your Horn (Other), 1963 Come Blow Your Horn (Producer), 1962 The Manchurian Candidate (Camera / Electrical Department), 1962 Death Valley Days (Writer), 1961-1962 Everglades (Writer), 1960 The Hypnotic Eye (Writer), 1960 Spartacus (Camera / Electrical Department), 1958-1959 Sea Hunt (Writer)

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