Finding a time capsule is an instant way to catapult yourself into a different era. It’s fascinating to learn about the past, especially through firsthand accounts of people who’ve lived through it.

While renovating a home in the Phoenix, Arizona area, a team of builders made an unexpected discovery: Behind the walls and insulation of the old house, the crew unearthed a hidden time capsule, but they didn’t yet know where this discovery would lead them.

While renovating a ranch in North Phoenix, a team of home builders made a discovery behind the walls of the home — a time capsule. After further inspection, the team discovered that the capsule was from 1966 and contained photographs and letters written by a 33-year-old woman named Betty Klug.


From the letters inside the time capsule, the team learned Betty had intended to give it to her husband Bruce later on in their marriage. She hid it behind the wall on his birthday September 27, of 1966 and never mentioned it to him. Unfortunately, Betty was never able to give her husband the time capsule, because she was killed in a car accident in 1976.


After Betty died, Bruce moved out of the house in 1980, leaving the time capsule undiscovered until the home renovators made the discovery.

With their astonishing discovery, the renovators decided to track Bruce down. After lots of hard work, they finally found him, now 80, living in Scottsdale, Arizona. They set up an appointment to meet with him and give him the time capsule that was rightfully his.


When they met, Bruce couldn’t believe what he was receiving. His hands were trembling as he opened the time capsule and read the note written by his wife so long ago. 

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“The Vietnam War is still going on,” he read in Betty’s familiar handwriting. “Racial situation very serious. Boys have long hair resulting from the Beatle craze,” some of the letters inside read.

Bruce expressed total gratitude to the renovators for tracking him down and giving him the special delivery. He reminisced for a while, and recalled that he and Betty had the best marriage and never argued. 


To think that Bruce went more than half a century not knowing the time capsule existed is heartbreaking, but what a beautiful surprise for it to come back to him when he least expected it.

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