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Elevator operator is still on the ride of his life

Six days a week, for just over half his life, Ruben Pardo has been steering the same elegant 6-foot-by-8-foot elevator car up and down the same 11 floors of an Art Deco office tower on Wilshire Boulevard. At 69, he’s been at his job longer than most  of the workers in the building have been alive. The young people are not easily impressed — but something about Pardo awes them.

Read Nita Lelyveld’s story, “His Overriding Story: Joy”


  1. October 14, 2011, 10:52 pm

    this was ashort made on ruben back in 1995

  2. October 15, 2011, 8:56 am

    hey that's really a great story, love when the LATimes goes out of its way to find something a little bit different, story wise. Gotta love LA, so many interesting places to see & people to meet.

    By: keith
  3. October 15, 2011, 5:18 pm

    Can you imagine if everyone worked and lived life with Ruben's attitude?! He offered to work 3 days for free when he started. His joy for his work and desire to perform well resulted in him getting paid double.

    By: Steven
  4. October 16, 2011, 3:53 pm

    Absolutely awesome job! Thanks for using the stills primarily even though it may seem this story was motion-related. Great find and great execution especially the low-angle perspective. Catching the wife call was sweet too!

    Nathan Morgan Photography
    Los Angeles Photojournalist

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    By: Nathan Morgan
  5. October 17, 2011, 3:35 pm

    Cool little story, it made my day to watch it. If we could all be so happy in our whatever it is we're doing.

    By: Jeremiah

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