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Collection Four in Elevator World’s Hall of Humor

by William C. Sturgeon

ch4-16aDuring my first visit to Vienna, a reference to Syd Chivers’ pair of field men convinced me that graphic humor, like music, mathematics or fine art, represents a global language, often penetrating the barriers erected by linguistic misunderstandings. Host Count von Weidstruck, the owner of Sowitch, a regional elevator manufacturer, invited interpreter Franz Lichtenegger and myself to dinner in the village of Grinsing. Franz, busy trying to bridge the chasm between a non-German-speaking editor and a non-English-speaking host, stopped at one point, shook his head and said, “I don’t understand. He says something about ‘Where is Little Joe.”‘ The Count was frustrated with our continued lack of comprehension and finally dug into his briefcase, pulled out a copy of ELEVATOR WORLD and flipped to a cartoon depicting Syd Chivers’ veteran elevator constructor and his bumbling pint-sized helper, Little Joe. He said, through Franz, “Every elevator company has a Little Joe and understands in a flash the situation depicted.” Although reading very little English, the Sowitch managing director was an avid follower of Syd Chivers’ mechanic and the awkward, mistake-prone helper, Little Joe. No doubt, when Syd Chivers moved into the fine art field many others, worldwide, missed his characters.

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Georg Simon Ohm

March 16 marks the 227th birthday of Georg Simon Ohm.
Here is a short biography of his life and work.

Georg Simon Ohm’s father was a rather remarkable man, who had educated himself to a high level and was able to give his sons an excellent education through his own teachings, bringing them to a high standard in mathematics, physics, chemistry and philosophy. Ohm went to Switzerland where, in September 1806, he took up a post as a mathematics teacher in a school in Gottstadt bei Nydau.

His private studies had stood him in good stead. He received a doctorate from Erlangen on October 2, 1811, and immediately joined the staff as a mathematics lecturer.

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