Not On the Level

Collection Nine in our Hall of Humor

by William C. Sturgeon

One duty of the elevator operator was to admonish, “Step down (or up), please.” Naturally, in the days of Single Speed AC and the absence of load-weighing devices, leveling at the floor was unpredictable. Understandably, the cartoonist seized upon and exaggerated the leveling problem.

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Dr. Albert So on Elevators and Technology

After the publication of the second volume in the Educational Focus series, Educational Focus, Volume 2, I (HV) interviewed editor Dr. Albert So (AS) about the book and his perspective on the elevator industry. Dr. So is an executive board member and scientific advisor of the International Association of Elevator Engineers (IAEE). He is also the academic secretary for the IAEE HK-China Branch and honorary visiting professor of the University of Northampton in the U.K. He serves on the Technical Advisory Group of Elevator World, Inc., and is based in Seattle.

FOCUSVOL2HV: How did you become involved in the writing and production of Educational Focus, Volume 2?
AS: I have been associated with Elevator World (EW) for more than 10 years as the international correspondent, and I contributed technical articles to EW from time to time. Starting early 2014, I had been engaged as a contract writer of EW by monthly contributing technical articles and taking the lead to prepare two new volumes of Educational Focus. As a matter of fact, years ago, I was one loyal reader and user of Educational Focus, Volume 1, for my courses in the university. It was natural for me to help compile Volume 2 and then Volume 3. By August of 2014, I was further invited to become a member of the Technical Advisory Group of EW, and have been involved in reviewing articles submitted to EW. Continue reading

The Human Controllers

Collection Eight in our Hall of Humor
by William C. Sturgeonch8-1a

More people move without incident or accident on elevators and escalators than on any other form of public transportation. Cartoonists seize upon this fact and, naturally, depicted every possible kind of erratic and inconsiderate operation. They satirized the familiar scene and the environment known by insiders and riders alike before and shortly after World War II involved passenger elevators with attendants. Those familiar with the era of operator-controlled elevators know that the friendly and omni-present — and often talkative — assistants in the car performed many functions aside from moving the car control handle back and forth. Naturally, all-too-human elevator operators became easy targets of the satirical artist.
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