SYNOPSIS: Who said there's nothing new under the sun? In Toledo, Ohio, sidewalk superintendents now?
SYNOPSIS: Who said there's nothing new under the sun? In Toledo, Ohio, sidewalk superintendents now can watch work on the new Libbey-Owens-Ford office building without craning their necks. Even as the building rises higher and higher they can follow progress with the greatest of ease.
The earthbound sidewalk superintendents have television to thank for broadening their field of operations. A closed-circuit TV set-up puts them right on the job! And don't think they aren't taking advantage of it!
Young and old alike seem to enjoy the performance. The action-packed drama plays to "standing room only" every day.
And while the performances are limited to matinees, builders figure they'll attract half of Toledo to the show before the 15-story building is completed early in 1960.
The TV picture comes from a camera that is moved from floor to floor as the building rises.
Here, on the tenth floor, it shows a huge crane that is used for hoisting steel beams and other materials.
The camera also captures the exciting team play of the daring young men who erect the steelwork, silhouetting them against Toledo's skyline. Builders say the show will become even more interesting when workers begin installing the Thermopane windows, largest ever used to completely glaze a commercial structure.
Or showing them in a game of "catch" in which every pitch must be a strike.
This is no place for an error, especially when a TV camera is watching every play.
Meanwhile, back at the TV set, the Man on the Street can watch the high-in-the-sky drama in perfect comfort. There's no strain and no pain -- especially no pain in the neck.