Rube Goldberg, cartoonist--outtakes
These Fox Movietone News outtakes from July 24, 1930 feature an interview with newspaper cartoonist Rube Goldberg. Goldberg, who earned an engineering degree before changing careers, was famous for his cartoon designs of incredibly elaborate devices or inventions to carry out the simplest of tasks. Though Rube never built any of his creations, they inspired countless others to actually manufacture the complicated contraptions, often employing chain reactions, that we now know as “Rube Goldberg machines.”
The effect of Goldberg’s drawings was so great that the Merriam-Webster dictionary added the term “Rube Goldberg” as an adjective for a complicated method to complete a simple task.