Rube Goldberg (1884-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, humorist, and inventor who was best known for his wacky inventions. His cartoons appeared daily for approximately 50 years and his popularity made him cultural touchstone. “Rube Goldberg” is an adjective, invoked daily – in the news, in print, on the web – to describe an overly complicated effort to accomplish a singular goal.
Today, HRG (Heirs of Rube Goldberg) is a family-run company led by Rube Goldberg's granddaughter, Jennifer George. The company's mission is to raise awareness of Rube's work and to license the intellectual property to appropriate entertainment and media partners who will remain true to the spirit of her grandfather's legacy. HRG works in tandem with RGI (Rube Goldberg, Inc.), the pending non-profit arm whose mission includes education outreach programs for students and tinkerers of all ages through Rube Goldberg Machine contests around the globe.
Also available is the quintessential coffee-table book on Rube Goldberg: The Art of Rube Goldberg, published by Abrams ComicArts – found everywhere books are sold. More information is available at www.rubegoldberg.com.