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Video: Life According To Los Angeles' Oldest Elevator Operator

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Aching for a small dose of humanity on your Thursday afternoon? Well, look no further, for this valentine of a video should do the trick. The good people of New York production company Dress Code have produced a gorgeous ode to Ruben Pardo, Los Angeles' oldest elevator. Since August 14, 1976—his first day on the job, forty years ago—Pardo has lovingly manned the elevator at 5514 Wilshire Boulevard, a landmark Art Deco building on Miracle Mile.

The septuagenarian first received a taste of well-deserved local fame when he appeared on the front page of the L.A. Times in 2011, profiled for the paper's Column One.

"We're so many people, and yet none of us have the same situation. Isn't that powerful? I mean, everybody has a story. I'm watching the life. Serving the public," Pardo says in the film, as he interacts with the building's patrons, offers thoughts on life, and operates the elevator with the old school elegance of bygone era. Mazel Tov on your 40 year anniversary, Ruben.

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