Elevator operators, for the most part, have gone the way of hansom cab drivers and journalists—relics of a bygone age that have been replaced by various levels of automation. But Ruben Pardo is one of the last of a dying breed, and as such he is the subject of Ruben’s Elevator, a new short documentary from New York production house Dress Code.
Ruben has been taking visitors to the Wilshire Tower in Los Angeles up and down for forty years now, and he’s accumulated a lifetime’s worth of philosophy and optimism in that time (despite the fact that his days are, as he puts it, “up and down”). And if you’re interested in absolute technical perfection from a master practitioner, check out the part where Ruben demonstrates his elevator-leveling abilities.
You can see that and the rest of the Ruben’s Elevator documentary, which clocks in at under five minutes, below. And you can also take a look at more stuff from Dress Code at the company’s official site right here.