Forgotten time capsule discovered

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  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    March 6, 2012 6:05 p.m.

    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 frame.

  • Jeff Hymas, Rocky Mountain Power Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    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.

  • Dee J Portland, OR
    March 5, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Was there a frog that could sing and dance inside the time capsule?

    "Hello, mah baby, hello, mah honey, hello, mah ragtime gal...."

  • Economist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    Interesting that so many predictions were spot on...

    Smart bunch, right there!!!

  • Jim Mesa, Az
    March 5, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    Interesting predictions,I wonder if ours would be any more accurate? Maybe Zager and Evans (In the year 2525) would be any different.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    March 5, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    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.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    March 5, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    U president Olpin: the Utes would have won the Rose Bowl "at least five times" by 2065.

    Now THAT'S just crazy talk!!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 5, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    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.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    March 5, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    Fascinating article. Quite enjoyable to read their predictions from 1959!