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Rube Goldberg (Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg) was a cartoonist from 1910 to the 1970s, most famous for his drawings of complex machines that perform simple tasks in convoluted ways (today, he is mostly only remembered for the above, which appeared in a cartoon strip called "The Inventions of Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts", which ran from 1914 to 1964). He started out in 1907 as a sports cartoonist, and he soon switched to political cartoons, and he became extremely successful (but his cartoons angered so many people, that he had his sons change their last names to avoid association with him). In 1915, he started his comic cartoon strips, and drew a number of them, including Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt, Foolish Questions, What Are You Kicking About, Telephonies, Lala Palooza, and The Weekly Meeting of the Tuesday Women's Club. In 1930, he wrote a movie that featured his wacky machines, and it was called Soup to Nuts, but it is namely remembered today for starring "Ted Healy and His Stooges", which was the very first film version of The Three Stooges! Goldberg passed away in 1970 at the age of 87.
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