Officials Searching for Time Capsule at the U

Officials Searching for Time Capsule at the U

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Keith McCord ReportingYou've no doubt heard about time capsules, where a school or an organization puts objects in a container to be opened years into the future. Well, the University of Utah buried one five-decades ago and a ceremony is planned soon to open it, on the 50th anniversary. The problem is they can't find it!

Officials Searching for Time Capsule at the U

They want to find the time capsule so they can open it on January 18th, on the 50th anniversity of the Olpin University Union Building. In 1957, the doors opened on the A. Ray Olpin University Union Building. The building, which still stands, is named in honor of the former U. President.

When they dedicated it, a time capsule was placed somewhere in the building, to be opened 50 years later.

Well, the time has come and the capsule is... well...

Officials Searching for Time Capsule at the U

Reporter: "The bottom line is right now, you don't know where it is?

Whit Hollis, Dir. A. Ray Olpin University: "That is the bottom line."

During the past several months the U has done a lot of detective work trying to find the thing. No one ever marked the capsule's location with a plaque. So, they thought, maybe it was placed near the Ute Brave Statue in front of the building.

Whit Hollis: "So we started looking there and looking for places it might be. We actually called in a company that x-rays buildings and we couldn't find anything."

Officials Searching for Time Capsule at the U

Then, the University archivist found President Olpin's journal and he had written that the capsule was behind one of the stones on the fireplace inside the building.

An old photo shows Olpin, on the right, sealing the capsule into the wall. Well, the fireplace is huge and it's a two-sided. So which side was President Olpin standing when he supposedly sealed the time capsule?

Whit Hollis, Dir. A. Ray Olpin University Union: "It's going to be really difficult if we have to start taking this thing apart stone by stone. I really odn't want to do that!"

Officials Searching for Time Capsule at the U

Time is critical here; the U wants to display the contents from the time capsule at a ceremony in January. Then a new time capsule go in.

Reporter: "Are you going to put the new time capsule where the old one is?"

Whit Hollis: "That depends on where the old on is first, but that is the plan, but this time we will have a plaque!"

Until they actually find the old time capsule, the U is interested in any tips from former students or faculty.

The new timecapsule will be opened in 2057-- maybe they should equip it with a GPS device.

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