Welcome to…THE FUTURE!

On June 15, 1957, a new gold and white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe was buried in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa, OK. The time capsule was part of Golden Jubilee Week: Tulsa’s celebration of Oklahoma’s semi-centennial.

As part of the “Tulsarama!” festivities, citizens of Tulsa were asked to guess what the population of Tulsa would be in the year 2007. The guesses were then recorded on microfilm and sealed in a steel container buried with the car. When the car and artifacts are excavated, the person whose guess is closest to Tulsa’s 2007 population is to be awarded the Belvedere. – Tulsarama!

They even put in a case of Schlitz! How thoughtful is that??

I love stories like this. It’s funny how we don’t seem to make a big deal about time capsules and how neat it would be for some citizen of The Future™ (way off in the 21st Century!) to uncover a box of our junk.

I think it’s partly due to our seeming lack of optimism about the future (Where’s my flying car, dammit!)…or maybe we just don’t trust ourselves in this age of instant gratification to be able to wait 50 or 100 years to open them. Still, there is an International Time Capsule Society, and there are lots of these boxes of carefully placed trinkets buried everywhere (if only we could find half of them). And how cool would it be to have a “new” 1957 Plymouth?

I just hope it turns out better for the winner than this time capsule did…

[ via Kat ]

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2 Responses to Welcome to…THE FUTURE!

  1. shelley says:

    That’s my home state for you.

  2. kat says:

    It’s not looking good. They opened the vault today, will unveil the results tomorrow.


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