Children’s Museum exhibit peeks into wacky world of Rube Goldberg
in the series on Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, which featured many of his humorous machines. Rube Goldberg drew an estimated 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime, produced several short films and was awarded the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. The influence of his satirical illustrations is present in cartoon TV shows such as “Looney Tunes” and “Tom and Jerry” and by several artists today. He is the only person whose name (Rube Goldberg) is adopted as an adjective by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. He died in 1970.
“He was always the center of attention, and he always had everyone at the dinner table laughing, but I was a little too young to understand the jokes,” said Ms. George. “It was much later that I got to know my grandfather in a more substantive way so that I could take over the mantle, and I have been running all things Rube Goldberg [ever since].”
The exhibit has incorporated the old and new of Rube Goldberg’s legacy. The museum spent two years developing and deciding on the content of the exhibit and designed several machine prototypes.
“We have two visits [where] visitors test Where: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, North Side. When: Saturday through May 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets: $16; $14 for children ages 2 to 18; members and children under 2 years old are free. 412-3225058 or pittsburghkids.org.