[Rube Goldberg’s] father…convinced Rube to study Engineering at the School of Mining Engineering at UC Berkeley. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Engineering in 1904.
After graduation, Rube Goldberg took on a position designing sewer pipes for the San Francisco Water and Sewers Department…he lasted six months. Rube Goldberg followed his passion and began to shift gears to pursue his previous dreams and pursue a career as a cartoonist.
Rube Goldberg made an important observation. In his eyes, many people seemed to be solving simple problems with overly complex contraptions. This…was his main inspiration for the “Inventions!” series. The most famous of which has come to be known as the Rube Goldberg Machine.
Rube Goldberg is the only cartoonist to be listed in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as an actual adjective. The phrase “Rube Goldberg” has been adopted into common use to mean “doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary”.