John McHaleJohn McHale was an English artist and writer who joined the SIU design department in the early 1960s. In London in the early 1950s, John worked as a pop artist with the independent group. He is thought to have been the first person to use the term “pop art.” McHale came to America in 1955 to study at Yale with Joseph Albers. Bucky was also teaching at Yale at that time. The Architectural Review of July, 1956 carried a six-page biography of Buckminster Fuller by John McHale, this appears to be one of their earliest collaborations. In 1961 McHale published Education in Progess about the design department (check the documents tab for a copy). The next year his book, R Buckminster Fuller, came out from Prentice-Hall.
Back of figure says:Happy BirthdayAug 19, 1967&Le Mondial
John McHale with what appears tobe a birthday card in the form of a stick figure. The back of the figure says, Happy Birthday- Aug 19, 1967 and Le Mondial. The face appears to be a picture of John with the words see the world on one cheek.Le Mondial probably refers to Le Festival Mondial: the world festival U.S.A. at Expo 67 in Montreal where Bucky’s dome housed the U.S. pavilion.
By 1964, Bucky and McHale had moved to a new office at 711 South University. McHale worked on more books, magazine articles, and the World Design Science Decade project. In 1964 he led the Geoscope project at Colorado State University. read more