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Forgotten Time Capsule From 1966 Discovered During Home Renovation. What Happened Next Will Make You Cry.

First off, apologies for the obnoxious Upworthy/Buzzfeed type of headline.

But this really is a bit of a tear-jerker, in many ways.

A woman in Arizona created a time capsule in 1966 and buried it in the walls of her home. Nearly fifty years later, it was discovered during a home remodel.

A few things about this jumped out at me.

First, it is a sad story, obviously, because the woman died tragically in the 1970s, and the husband (who had moved out of the home long ago) had no idea the time capsule even existed until just now.

Now, maybe the political contents of the letter might have made the otherwise emotional/nostalgic/heartwarming/tear-jerking story less viral to a wider audience, but I would have loved to read the whole thing.

It's entirely possible that the full political context, glossed over in the video, might have made it even more emotional.

The woman, Betty Klug, age 33 at the time, was clearly an ardent Republican and huge Barry Goldwater fan. The family apparently even lived down the street from him. Here's a screenshot from the video:


And here's something about the Constitution (again, I would have loved to read the whole thing):


Maybe this is completely weird, and perhaps my mind is entirely too political, but if she was an enormous Barry Goldwater fan, I find it even more wistful and touching that she died just a couple of years after Nixon resigned in disgrace but before Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater's most effective advocate in 1964, was elected President in 1980.

Obviously, Betty loved her husband Bruce, he loved her (Did you watch the video? His comments about their marriage are extremely sweet and touching.), and her untimely death is truly what makes this time capsule discovery so compelling, but in a sense, it is more complex than that.

In some ways, that she never got to experience her political team's greatest late-21st-century triumph in what seemed like a great and central passion in her life gives the story even more pangs of tragedy and nostalgia.

It's almost like finding a time capsule from someone who yearns above all for his team to win the Superbowl, and instead, his team goes winless (Nixon resigning) and is the laughingstock of the NFL at the time of his death. Then, just a few short years later, the team goes on a dynastic run, breaking records and winning multiple championships in a row, leaving behind a legacy of success that some would later argue was among the greatest of all time.

Again, it's not as meaningful or touching as the spousal relationship, but it makes the already nostalgic time capsule discovery even more emotional.

And it makes me want to create a physical time capsule meant to be discovered by someone else, long in the future.

Posted by Will Franklin · 3 April 2014 05:50 PM