Tracking down the time capsule
July 1, 2010
Regarding your article on the Time Capsule: GrassRoots TV covered the Design Conference in 1983 as well as the Time Tube Ceremony. We buried the VHS tape with the capsule (for teenagers reading this, a VHS tape is … oh, never mind) along with my own plastic bag containing a picture of my dog. I thought about the capsule from time to time and last summer realized that the deadline for digging it up had long past.
I started asking around and was told by former Design Conference personnel that everything was sent to the Getty Center. I live in L.A. in the winter but forgot to follow-up. To make up for my lapsed memory, a phone call to the Getty today resulted in finding the archival material and boxes marked “Time Tube.” According to a very helpful woman in the research library, the material is to be processed starting Aug. 1, which may take a year. However, if there is not too much in those boxes, with a written request, she’ll look for a map now.
At the end of the day, maybe Mary Hayes’ suggestion to use a metal detector is the way to go. Thanks to Bill Stirling’s good memory, it can be narrowed down to the far end of the grassy area south of Harris Hall. Stay tuned. As another Getty employee said, “It’s like a treasure hunt!”