Mr. Otis Don't Let Us Down!
Elisha Otis invented the safety elevator in 1852, a steam-powered behemoth I thought of last week while experiencing a bit of a scary ride going to the fourth floor here at the downtown library.
Read about him and other American inventors in They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine.
Mr. Otis invented the escalator too and built a huge company that installed elevators in the Eiffel Tower, the London Underground, the Kremlin, Balmoral Castle, the Washington Monument, the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, highly specialized installations for NASA and the Statute of Liberty.
With all that ingenuity and dedication to service the Otis Elevator Company is known for, it just can't be curtains for our little elevator, can it?