Rube Goldberg was a laugh machine for seven decades.

The name suggests a ghetto urchin along the lines of Irving Berlin, Al Jolson, and the Marx Brothers. And, indeed, like them, Rube Goldberg was born in the sunset of the nineteenth century; like them, he was Jewish, bright, creative, and wildly ambitious. But there, the resemblance ends. Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg was a native-born San Franciscan, the son of a prosperous businessman with serious money and powerful political connections.

URL: https://www.city-journal.org/html/alphabet-satire-13707.html
Publication: City Journal
Article Title:
The Alphabet of Satire
Rube Goldberg was a laugh machine for seven decades.
Author: Stefan Kanfer
Date Published: Winter 2015


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