When we lived in Erda, UT from 1978-82, a time capsule was buried in or near the
old chapel, Erda 1st Ward. Several of us wrote family histories, I wrote a song
about Erda, and I'm sure there were pictures and newspaper articles, etc. in it.
Then it was buried. That building has since been torn down and I don't think
anyone remember about the time capsule. I've often wondered what happened to it.
I don't remember the precise year it was buried, but it was in that 4-year time
One of the letters found in the time capsule, dated Sept. 30, 1959, was written
by E.M. Naughton, president and general manager of Utah Power & Light
Company. In the letter, Mr. Naughton made predictions about what the future
would be like in 2000. He predicted that "the home of the year
2000 will be climate controlled by electricity. Heat or cooling will emit from
ceilings, walls or floors, fresh air will be recirculated, electrically washed
and purified constantly - all noiseless and trouble free."He
also predicted that light would "radiate from draperies, walls, ceilings or
decorations" and "floors will be scrubbed automatically" and
"clothes will be laundered by ultrasonic sound, pressed and folded
automatically, then deposited in closets or drawers where stored."He believed industrial processes would be controlled almost entirely by
computers, magnetic tapes or punch cards and pedestrians in shopping areas would
travel on moving sidewalks.
Was there a frog that could sing and dance inside the time capsule?"Hello, mah baby, hello, mah honey, hello, mah ragtime gal...."
Interesting that so many predictions were spot on...Smart bunch,
Interesting predictions,I wonder if ours would be any more accurate? Maybe
Zager and Evans (In the year 2525) would be any different.
I would like to add one new thing fo the next 40 or 50 years that we will see
stem Cells and Gene Therapy be given to those people who want to be healthy for
the rest of their lives and health care will be obsolete. My Usher's Syndrome is
no fun and I am hoping something will cure me and all of us soon.
U president Olpin: the Utes would have won the Rose Bowl "at least five
times" by 2065.Now THAT'S just crazy talk!!(-;
1959 was the year I graduated from high school. Way to go DN -- make me feel
like an old man. (Even though I am, I try very hard to pretend I'm not.)This was a fascinating article. Especially fun to see how few of their
predictions even came close.Makes me wonder what amazing things
we'll see when 2100 rolls around. Just the changes I've seen in my lifetime
have been amazing. For example, in about 1957 or 58 some friends and I went for
a ride on the first jet airliner to land at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport. It was a
Boeing 707 -- United Airlines. We got a ride around Detroit and back to
Cleveland. I learned to fly in a Piper J-3 Cub and back then could fly in and
out of Cleveland in my Taylorcraft BC12-D with only a small two-way radio -- a
Narco Superhomer -- powered by a wind driven generator hung beneath the
airplane. VHF omniranges were brand new. Now what would happen if I tried to
fly into SLC International with equipment like that?And then there
were the moon landings. Computers. Cell phones. Geez I could go on for pages
here.I often envy my grandkids and wonder what kind of wondrous
things they will live to see.
Fascinating article. Quite enjoyable to read their predictions from 1959!