Sunday, July 12, 2020

Buckminster Fuller 125, Paul Gonsalves 100 -- July 12, 2020

Independent thinker Buckminster Fuller was born 125 years ago today, on 12-July-1895. He served in the US Navy during World War One.  He built geodesic domes, the Dymaxion car, the Dymaxion house and the Dymaxion map.  He invented lots of words. He had a great smile.

Tenor saxophone player Paul Gonsalves was born 100 years ago today, on 12-July-1920. He is best remembered today for his performance with Duke Ellington at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. As the band played Ellington's "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," Gonsalves stood up to take a solo. Ellington encouraged him to keep playing through 27 choruses. The crowd went mad and the album helped to revitalize Ellington's career.

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