You don’t hear too often of people burying time capsules anymore, but in 2014 one such memento was discovered in a North Phoenix home.
The four bedroom home built in the 1950s was being gutted, and contractors were tearing everything apart from the floors to the walls.
It was during the deconstruction that contractor John Murray discovered some rather precious items frozen in time within the wall.
“Wow. I just think I’m going to value things a little bit differently,” Murray told NBC News. “We’ve done hundreds of houses, but never found anything like this.”
The time capsule appeared to have been partially opened. What was inside hailed from 1966 — an old photograph and some notes on politics and the culture during that time.
The writer, Betty Klug, was 33 at the time. She included a note that said she and her family had just moved into the home.
No one knew of the time capsule, not even Betty’s husband, Bruce. The 79-year-old was surprised to learn that the capsule had been buried on Sept. 27 — Bruce’s birthday.
Bruce was overcome with emotion as he explained to Murray that his dear Betty has passed away in 1976 after a car accident.
“I don’t know how I did it,” Bruce told NBC. “Went back to work within a week.
“We had the best marriage. Not once did we argue about anything.”
No doubt Bruce has treasured this special memory since the day it was discovered — a lasting piece of his wife after so many years.
While time capsules may seem to be quite literally a thing of the past, they might just be coming back in style.
Recently a kindergarten class from Cartersville, Georgia, buried a time capsule to be revisited on May 9, 2044.
Kindergarten class buries time capsule to be dug up in 25 years https://t.co/EDxbL27h4K
— Daily Tribune News (@dailytribnews) May 21, 2019
“Our class wanted to do something extra-special to commemorate being the first class for the re-launch of First Presbyterian Preschool’s kindergarten program,” teacher Rebekah Beaver told The Daily Tribune News.
Extra special, indeed. Have these stories inspired you to bury a time capsule of your own?
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