Chil­dren’s Mu­seum ex­hibit peeks into wacky world of Rube Gold­berg

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Dining Out -

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.

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