An Animated Salute to Rube Goldberg July 4 2010

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Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. born in San Francisco on July 4, 1883.

A founding member of the National Cartoonist Society, a political cartoonist and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Rube was a beloved national figure as well as an often-quoted radio and television personality during his sixty year professional career.

 Best known for his “inventions”, Rube’s early years as an engineer informed his most acclaimed work.  A Rube Goldberg contraption – an elaborate set of arms, wheels, gears, handles, cups and rods, put in motion by balls, canary cages, pails, boots, bathtubs, paddles and live animals – takes a simple task and makes it extraordinarily complicated.
Rube did not build the machines he drew, but his cartoons have become an inspiration to aspiring engineers and scientists across the world.  At a time when the U.S. is looking to inspire young minds, Rube Goldberg’s legacy represents the best in American innovation, humor and unconventional thinking; an inspiring model for us all.

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