Rube Goldberg Machine. Final Project. Rube Goldberg, 1923, Popular Science Magazine. Who is Rube Goldberg?. Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883-1970), Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, song-writer, animator and author.
Rube Goldberg Machine
Rube Goldberg, 1923, Popular Science Magazine
Who is Rube Goldberg?
Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883-1970), Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, song-writer, animator and author.
Rube Goldberg believed that there were two ways to do things; the simple way and the hard way, and that a surprising number of people preferred doing things the hard way. Through his “Inventions,” Rube’s drawings depict absurdly connected machines functioning in extremely complex and roundabout ways to produce a simple end result.
His cartoons were, as he said, symbols of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to accomplish minimal results. Because of this, Rube Goldberg has become associated with any convoluted system of achieving a basic task.
Rube was born in San Francisco, California on the Fourth of July, 1883. From the time he could hold a pencil, drawing was his main interest. However, his family pressured him to “get a profession”, so in-between drawing cartoons for the campus humor magazine, he graduated as an engineer from the University of California, Berkeley. Rube started work in the Sewer and Water Department for the City of San Francisco. After six months, he convinced his father that the Water Dept. was not for him, and that he had to work as an artist.
He then got a job as an office boy in the sports department of a major San Francisco newspaper, where he persistently submitted drawings and cartoons to his editor, until he was finally published. He soon established himself as a major west coast cartoonist.
He moved to New York where he quickly found fame through syndication of his comic strips and editorial cartoons for newspapers throughout North America and Europe. During his sixty-year professional career, Rube won every major cartoon award, and was considered a true American creative genius. He was an often-quoted personality who had the distinction of being the only living person whose name defined “complexity” in Webster’s Dictionary.
"Man will always find a complicated
means to complete a simple task."
Open window (A) and fly kite (B). String (C) lifts small door (D) allowing moths (E) to escape and eat red flannel shirt (F). As weight of shirt becomes less, shoe (G) steps on switch (H) which heats electric iron (I) and burns hole in pants (J). Smoke (K) enters hole in tree (L), smoking out opossum (M) which jumps into basket (N), pulling rope (O) and lifting cage (P), allowing woodpecker (Q) to chew wood from pencil (R), exposing lead. Emergency knife (S) is always handy in case opossum or the woodpecker gets sick and can't work.
NAME: ___________________CLASS: ______________________
CLASS: ___________________RGM MACHINE NAME: ______________________
THEME: ___________________TOTAL STEPS: ____________________________
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