Alison Orr’s Fork Lift Danceworks previously collaborated with firefighters and sanitation workers. In September, the company produced PowerUp, a choreographed performance by more than 50 of Austin Energy’s linemen, technicians, and other personnel. The 90 minute dance included bucket trucks, cranes, manholes, and 20 utility poles.
Sitting in a comfortable office writing reliability standards is one thing. But braving the wind and cold, not to mention the height and current, is another. Thank you to the linemen and their families.
A number of years ago, I saw a show on TV all about the work of electric linemen. Unfortunately, I forgot to write down the name of the show and for some time I’ve been trying to track it down without success. The other day, I caught part of Modern Marvels: Wiring America on The History Channel and thought it might be the one I’d been looking for. After watching the whole thing now however, I know it’s not. Still, I think it does a pretty good job of introducing a general audience to the technology of electric transmission. ip address It even mentions my favorite character in the history of electric utilities, Samuel Insull.
Wiring America is as much about telecom as electric transmission, though I found that interesting as well. Coverage of electricity really begins about the 22 minute mark and Insull makes his appearance at 28 minutes.
If anyone has any idea what that show about lineman may have been, please let me know.