This week in our time capsule round-up we have a 9/11 memorial time capsule in Pennsylvania, the not-at-all symbolic burial of a BlackBerry tablet in California, and letters from Canadian kids addressed to people of the future—including one that wonders what version of iPhone they'll have a hundred years hence.
Town Buries BlackBerry Tablet as Perfect Metaphor For BlackBerry's Future
The city of South Pasadena recently buried a time capsule to mark the 125th anniversary of the town's existence. The capsule includes about a dozen books on South Pasadena history, some letters to the future, and watercolor paintings of local buildings by elementary school kids. They also included some electronics, like an iPhone 4S, a Dell computer, and a BlackBerry Playbook tablet. The capsule will be opened in the year 2088, at which point all those crackberry jokes will be making a comeback as fun, old timey slang. [South Pasadena Now]
Mystery Contents of 121-Year-Old Capsule in Michigan To Be Revealed Sunday
A time capsule left undisturbed for 121 years will finally be opened this Sunday at a church in Bay City, Michigan. While no one knows for sure what they'll find inside, a note included with the time capsule gives hints that it will reveal newspapers of the time, along with some letters intended for those of us here in the future. With any luck, it might have some mystery item, like that 1920s "tool" that no one could identify in Arkansas last month. [MLive]
Time Capsule Urn Buried at 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania
Officials in Rouzerville, Pennsylvania buried a time capsule at Red Run Park this past week, the site of their 9/11 memorial. The memorial includes three pieces of history from September 11th, including a beam from the WTC, a small piece of the Pentagon, and a rock from the field in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed. The urn is filled with newspapers and magazines from 2001, along with items from a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. That man's mother attended the time capsule ceremony and contributed her son's dog tags, obituary, and some photographs to the urn capsule, which is scheduled to be opened in 50 years. [Record Herald]
Actor Famous For 1980 Flash Gordon Movie Helps Bury Time Capsules in UK
Actor Brian Blessed, who played Prince Vultan in the 1980 cult sci-fi movie Flash Gordon, helped bury two time capsules this past week in the UK. Blessed was hamming it up in front of school children and the press, who were watching the capsule ceremony at the Montagu Hospital in Mexborough. Blessed was actually born in the hospital and said he was excited to participate when asked to lend his talents to the time capsule burial. The kids at the ceremony seemed confused by Blessed's delivery of his most famous lines from Flash Gordon, probably because the movie is older than most of their parents. [The Star]
Canadian Kids Write Letters to the Year 2112, Wonder About the iPhone 89
Officials in Edmonton, Canada buried a time capsule this past week at the Alberta Legislature containing over 50 items. The time capsule was quite a democratic endeavor, as nearly 6,000 people from the province of Alberta voted on which items to include. The items range from time capsule staples (like coins and newspapers) to less mundane objects that reflect the local community and its history (like aboriginal moccasins and an Inuit carving of a bear in soapstone).
In addition, eight students contributed letters to the capsule, each addressed to the people of a hundred years hence. Some kids predict a world of advanced technology ("You will probably be on iPhone 89 instead of just iPhone 5 like us..."), others predict a world with less income inequality ("I also hope there will be fewer poor people, fewer rich people."), and some had pressing questions about how people might play in the world of tomorrow ("Do you play the same sports? Have the rules changed? Do you play in zero gravity? Does soccer still exist? What about oil?").
Image: The site of the South Pasadena time capsule, from South Pasadena Now