Time capsules found
August 23, 2002
Relics were unearthed when construction crews were building the high school of the future in Aspen.
According to school administrators, two time capsules and an ancient wallet were found on the campus.
One time capsule dates to the late ?60s. It contained newspaper clippings from The Aspen Times and a reel of music. Aspen High School Principal Kendall Evans told students on Thursday the music remained a mystery because a reel-to-reel machine couldn’t be found.
A couple of days ago, construction crews found a billfold in between two walls where they were working, Evans said. The wallet contained photos of girls but no money.
There was, however, a business card with John Wayne’s name on it and a signature on the back reading, “Good luck, John Wayne.”
And according to district Superintendent Tom Farrell, crews later found a time capsule from 1988 ? the first year he began working for the school district. He said he remembers burying the capsule, but had forgotten where it was by the time the class of 1988 requested it be dug up for their 10th reunion.
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When construction crews were working in an area where he thought the capsule might be, he asked them to watch for it. A week later they handed it over, from a completely different spot on the school campus. He hasn’t yet opened the capsule from 1988.
Both Evans and Farrell said the kids that start this school year in the new facility are also making local history.
“Not a year goes by that someone doesn’t tell me they were in the first class that graduated from Aspen High School,” Evans said. “These kids have that same opportunity and that same enthusiasm.”
“Twenty years from now students will be talking about the first year this school was open,” Farrell said. “Kids sometimes say history is boring, but it’s exciting to be a part of history.”
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