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February 6, 2003

Rube Goldberg Competition on Feb. 15

It's time again for the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Purdue University. This year's task: select, crush and pitch a 12-ounce aluminum can into a recycling bin in at least 20 steps.

The annual competition pays tribute to the late Rube Goldberg, a cartoonist who poked fun at man's need to complexify daily tasks (and life in general) by drawing complex machines to perform simple tasks.

Journalists can begin coverage of the 21st annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Cumberland Place Exhibition Center in West Lafayette, Ind., near the Purdue campus. Journalists can see teams begin to set up and run their machines before the contest begins, as well as interview students and judges. A satellite uplink will be provided the day of the competition.



Time: 4 p.m. Indiana (East), Saturday, Feb. 15
SBS6/02K (74' W)
U/L: 14049.500 MHz Horizontal
D/L: 11749.500 MHz Vertical
Allocated Bandwidth (MHz): 43.000


In addition to a satellite uplink of contest highlights, a news release and photos will be issued the day of the contest. An ISDN line is available for radio interviews, but must be arranged prior to the contest. Video b-roll is available by request.

Journalists planning to cover the event should contact Jesica Webb, (765) 494-2079, (765) 423-7326,; or Grant Flora (765) 494-2073,