Friday, October 3, 2008

Rube Goldberg Lives!

I was reviewing some TV spots for showing in class next week and came upon a couple that reminded me of San Francisco-born cartoonist, Rube Goldberg.

Goldberg was a graduate of SF's Lowell High School, earned a BS in engineering at UC Berkeley and, for a time, worked as an engineer for the City and County of San Francisco. But his interest in drawing comics led him to a job at the Chronicle as a Sports Cartoonist.

He moved to New York in 1907 and, while he won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1948, he best known for his "invention" cartoons, like this one: Rube Goldberg's Cure for Oversleeping

I'm certain that these two very watchable TV spots were inspired by Rube Goldberg.

Guinness Domino Effect

The Most Expensive Advertisement U Have Ever Seen

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