The press loves time capsules, because readers generally love them as well. Attach a deceased technology icon’s name to the time capsule, and it becomes something for the realm of reality television.
Way back in 1983, a group of attendees to the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo., put together and buried a time capsule. The Aspen Time Tube contained a mix of various items from 1983: a Rubik's cube, conference attendees’ name tags, and even a six-pack of Ballanine beer. What has caught people’s interest, however, is the fact that the late Steve Jobs donated to the project the Lisa mouse he had used to make a presentation at the conference. Since then, according to CNET’s Daniel Terdiman, the time capsule has come to be known as the "Steve Jobs Time Capsule."
The burying of the Aspen Time Tube on June 23, 1983. Image via The Aspen Times
The interest part of this time capsule is that no one was precisely certain where it was buried, which gave it an official status of “lost.” CNET reported that although organizers recalled approximately where the tube was buried, they didn't know the precise spot since the area had had landscaping changes made it to during the previous decades.
Now, employees of the National Geographic television show “Diggers” have uncovered the 13-foot tube containing the best technology 1983 had to offer. (It was located in the second hole they dug.) The crew, together with the Aspen Historical Society, are now combing through the somewhat moldy contents of the tube to uncover literal buried treasure.
Jobs’ speech at the conference, which carried the theme, “The Future isn't What it Used to Be," reportedly predicted many of today’s technologies, including the iPad, wireless networking, and even Apple's App Store, wrote Terdiman. An organizer approached him after his speech and asked for a contribution to the time capsule. Jobs reportedly unplugged the “Lisa” mouse and handed it over, and in it went with the reportedly “thousands” of other items the Diggers crew will sort through and catalog.
Edited by Alisen Downey