Rube Goldberg
Cartoonist, Sculptor, Author, Engineer,
Inventor
1883 – 1970
Reuben
Lucius
Goldberg
 Born July 4, 1883 in
San Francisco, CA
 Graduated from
University of Calif.
At Berkeley in 1904
w/degree in Mining
 Hired by city of San
Francisco as an
engineer in the water
department
 Quits after 6 months
to become a sports
cartoonist
 Drew cartoons for 5
newspapers
 Marries Irma Seeman
in 1916 –has 2 sons
QuickTi me™ and a
decompressor
are needed to see thi s pi cture.
 Becomes very
popular for
cartoons such as
Mike and Ike, Boob
McNutt, Lala
Palooza and others
 His character
Professor Lucifer
Gorgonzola Butts
makes him very
famous
Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin
The Napkin is activated when the Soup Spoon (A) is raised to mouth,
pulling string (B) which jerks ladle (C) which throws cracker (D)
past parrot (E). Parrot jumps after cracker and perch (F) tilts,
upsetting seeds (G) into pail (H). Extra weight in pail pulls cord (I),
which opens and lights a cigar lighter (J), setting off a skyrocket
(K) which causes sickle (L) to cut string (M) and allow the pendulum
with the attached napkin to swing back and forth, wiping chin.
 Among many ways he influened popular culture
were the 1963 board game called “Mouse Trap” and
a 1930 movie he wrote featuring his machines and
starring the Three Stooges

Founding member and
1st president of the
National
Cartoonists Society

Won the Pulitzer
Prize in 1948 for his
Political Cartoons

His work inspires
international
competitions in
which participants
invent a complex
machine that
performs a simple
task
Rube Goldberg died on December 7, 1970 at
the age of 87
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