The Producer, Noel Murphy


Actors' Theatre of Santa Cruz Raises Funds and Celebrates the life of R. Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller with a Multi-Media journey into the world of Possibility.

BUCKMINSTER FULLER LIVE! "I Seem To Be A Verb." Performed by Santa Cruz's own Noel Murphy, this performance has been created through collaboration and conversations with Buckminster Fuller's students, devotees, and visionaries. R. Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an author, designer, futurist, inventor, and visionary. Throughout his life, Fuller was concerned with the question "Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?" "Bucky" returns from Universe to take the conversation to the next level.

Bucky was Noel Murphy's "grandmentor". Storyteller DR. Hugh Morgan Hill from Harvard Divinity (Brother Blue) was summoned regularly by Bucky - from the age of 10 Noel was receiving downloads from the great man himself through Dr. Hill. Noel Murphy, founder of The Speaker's Gym, coaches leaders in "Possibility". "I have had Bucky buzzing around my head for years. I want to rekindle his message for some and introduce him to others to begin with. I also wanted to explore who he really was from my current perspective and I've come away with an even stronger desire to share him with others." Noel Murphy Buckminster Fuller, who died in 1983, will appear Live at Actors' Theatre of Santa Cruz. 8pm September 4-12, 2009

Tickets are $12
All proceeds go to support Actors' Theater. Bucky was Noel Murphy's "grandmentor". From the age of 10, Noel was receiving downloads from the great man through his teacher Dr. Hugh Hill (Brother Blue).

"I want to rekindle his message, to explore who he really was from my current perspective and I've come away with a burning desire to share him with others. Please come to this experience and help evoke his brilliant spirit!

In August of 2009, Noel Murphy was asked to write a One-Man show and perform it as a fundraiser for a theatre in his hometown of Santa Cruz California. Noel chose to explore the life of visionary and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller. What Noel didn't realize was that he was stepping into the twilight zone. The show was written and delivered in 8 weeks. All performances sold out.

A week after the show ended a close friend sent him an article about the restoration of the mythical one and only surviving Dymaxion Automobile. As he recalls he blacked out and woke up on a plane to England surrounded by film equipment. "I guess I'm supposed to make a film!" Famous last words... The year that would follow was beyond his imagination.

Over the last year Noel Murphy traveled to England and Spain and the country over doing research and filming. He talked to everyone from Jay Leno to Lord Norman Foster, (the world's top architect and a Bucky student) and even Bobby Kennedy Jr. The New York Times has slated a article about "The Last Dymaxion" for the first week of January 2011. The film then goes on tour to be shared at a number of film festivals.

Footnote: Noel's Live performance was created through collaboration and conversations with Buckminster Fuller's students, devotees, and visionaries. Throughout his life, Fuller was concerned with the question "Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?"

3-wheeled Dymaxion Brings Documentary Producer to Webster

Ed Patenaude, So I've Heard

Noel Murphy Productions dropped in on editor Carla Manzi recently. Noel is making the documentary "The Last Dymaxion: Buckminster Fuller's Dream Restored."

The Waterhouse Co., established in 1928 to build automobile bodies and located on Tracy Court in Webster, brought Mr. Murphy to Ms. Manzi's Thompson Road office, shared with Sterling Realty Co.

The search was for an automobile called Dymaxion. R. Buckminster Fuller, an architect and inventor, introduced a design for mass-producing a house by using 1920s technology and design. He developed an automobile along similar lines, automotive historian Fred Roe reported some years ago.

Mr. Roe and the late Ronald Siff, once associated with B&W Footwear Co. of Webster, produced a feature about Waterhouse automobile bodies for a national automotive magazine, using photos owned by Bernice (Waterhouse) Sheldon of Dudley. Ms. Sheldon's father, Moses Sargent Waterhouse, was in charge of interior design for Waterhouse custom bodies.

As anyone looking for data on 1930s cars with Waterhouse signature tags might, Ms. Manzi introduced her History Channel visitor to Raymond Belsito, who rebuilds antique and classic automobiles from a garage on Lake Street in Webster.

Sure enough, Ray, who has rebuilt, repaired and maintained Packard chassis with custom bodies by Waterhouse, filled most of the holes in the Waterhouse story.

Four prototypes of the Dymaxion were built at a plant in Bridgeport, Conn., by W. Starling Burgess, an aircraft and yacht designer, automotive historian Roe discovered.

There's nothing to say that auto builder Burgess had any part in designing the Dymaxion, but news photos that I remember suggest that the vehicle had an airplane-like design. It was three-wheeled, one in the front and two in the rear, and looked as if it ought to have wings.

The Waterhouse Co. was involved in the Dymaxion project in the mid-1930s, manufacturing parts and sub-assemblies, again according to Mr. Roe.

Ray Belsito provided a sidebar about the Dymaxion: One of the prototypes was involved in an accident while being driven from Webster to Southbridge. Ms. Manzi's research suggests the accident was minor. Otherwise, a crash involving a three-wheeled car might have been in the headlines, even in the mid-1930s.

The Dymaxion project was completed in time, but Waterhouse Co. was not compensated in a timely fashion, discovered Mr. Roe. "Apparently the amount was significant enough that some officers of the firm took over some Maine resort property owned by the Dymaxion enterprise," he said in his review of the Waterhouse Co. "Waterhouse got paid."

This squares with information given to me some years ago by the late Janet E. Malser, one of the first office workers hired by the fledging Waterhouse Co. She credited Roger Clapp, one of the founding partners of the custom auto body company with S. Roberts Dunhan, and Charles L. Waterhouse, with the unusual form of bill collecting.

Ms. Malser was founder of the annual benefit walk and run event at Killdeer Island on Webster Lake. The races are now managed in her honor. She saw Mr. Clapp as a financially prudent person who cared first for his family, and who saved from his resources to provide scholarships at the Harvard Business School, from which he and Mr. Dunhan had graduated.

The Great Depression put a damper on custom auto body production, and Waterhouse drifted into different enterprises in the years before World War II. Waterhouse Co. manufactured canvas tank covers for the Army during the war and established a division that produced high-quality gauges for the military. The division was named Clapp Instruments in the Waterhouse co-founder's honor.

It wasn't until the first H-bomb was released over Japan that Clapp Instruments learned they had manufactured components for the bombs.

Waterhouse Co. turned to the manufacture of upholstered furniture after the war. The business was sold in the 1950s but remained in Dudley until 2003.

How all of this might work for "The Last Dymaxion" remains to be observed. Look for this film at a garage near you.

A Documentary by Noel Murphy Productions, Santa Cruz California.

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