Rube Goldberg By Luke Bird

Rube Goldberg was the first person to ever have their own name put in the dictionary as an adjective. His name is used to describe a type of machine.

Reuben (Rube) Lucius Goldberg was born in San Francisco 4th July 1883. He was an engineer, inventor, cartoonist and sculptor. He lived with his mum Hannah, dad Max and brother Garret.

Goldberg was an American who drew cartoons making fun of people’s obsession with technology. He used to draw funny cartoons of complicated inventions and machines that only performed a simple task.

Here are some examples of Rube Goldberg machines

This machine has six steps just to catch a mouse!! Drawn by Rube Goldberg
This Rube Goldberg machine has 4 steps to push a boy closer to a girl.

Rube loved to draw and practise his art skills at a very young age with line drawing and tracing illustrations from books, newspapers and calendars.

His father was not happy with his love of art, so he was sent to the University of California, were he got a degree in mining engineering.

After finishing University, he helped to design and map sewer pipes and systems in San Francisco which he was not interested in at all!!!

He then got a job at a local newspaper, and even though he drew lots of cartoons for them, the editor threw them all in the rubbish bin, so Rube hade to sweep floors to get paid.

It was only after Goldberg moved to New York in 1907, and worked for 5 newspapers, that he became famous for his cartoons and illustrations of his machines.

Rube Goldberg died on 07 December 1970 in New York City, but his machines live on to this day.

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