On September 20, the National Geographic Channel’s television show Diggers excavated a time capsule that was buried 30 years ago. Jobs was in Colorado attending a International Design Conference in Aspen when he buried the time capsule. The 13-foot-long tube was intended to be unearthed in 2000, but changes in the terrain obscured its exact location — until now.
The time capsule contained a mouse for Apple’s 1983 Lisa computer—widely acknowledged as the first mass consumer product to feature a mouse. In addition to the mouse, the capsule was also found to contain a fascinating jumble of artifacts from the early 1980s: an eight-track recording by the Moody Blues, a Rubik’s Cube, a June 1983 copy of Vogue Magazine, a Sears Roebuck catalog, and a six-pack of Ballantine beer. The beer is thought to have been intended to reward the crew tasked to dig up the capsule.
The contents of the time capsule: What mysteries lie within?
According to Harry Teague, who was on the design team that buried the capsule, “When we buried the capsule in 1983 at the IDCA conference titled ‘The Future Is Not What It Used to Be,’ it was scheduled to be unearthed in twenty years. We had no idea it would be thirty before we would finally get around to digging it up. I’m sure it’s loaded with things of cultural and historic import, but the mouse from one of his new Apple Lisa computers that Steve Jobs threw in at the last minute has to be one of the more iconic items.”
The full contents of the time capsule will be revealed on a future episode of Diggers.
The time capsule before its burial in 1983—is that Steve Jobs?
Here you can hear the presentation given by Steve Jobs at the 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen:
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Steve Jobs: Apple Key-note Speech 1984
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