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.