The article about Firestone Library this spring reminded me of the following notes by the elevator that I wrote down in January 1971:
During the move into Firestone Library's new addition, it took a long time for the elevators to return to action again. Several months earlier, the following notice had been glued to the doors: Out of Service Indefinitely for Major Repairs.
Whereupon, little by little, in many different hand-writings, the following bits of wisdom were added:
Tell Major Repairs that General Use wants this damn thing back in service immediately.
Major Repairs is out with Private Parts.
I don't want to hear anything more about Admiral Puns.
Anyone writing here will be subjected to Corporal Punishment.
Kernel Truth is here somewhere ...
Inane, perhaps, but any level of humor brightens up one's labor over books, in carrels!