The story that we bring you today is one of those that only happens once in a lifetime. As it turns out, in the spring of 2014, John Murray and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
They bought a very old house built in the 50s, and it needed a big renovation. That is why they decided to get down to work.
When the construction team began to tear down the walls, they discovered something in one of them that they would never have imagined finding.
Behind the insulation on the wall appeared an old photograph of a family, some letters, some notes about the political situation, and some references to 1960s pop culture.
They were dated September 27, 1966.
All this had been hidden in the walls by Betty Klug, the former owner of the house. Betty was only 33 years old at the time and she didn’t tell anyone that she had hidden all of it there, not even her husband Bruce. 10 years later, Betty tragically died in a traffic accident.
“This time capsule is being buried on September 27, 1966. We just moved into this house, specifically on September 21, 1966.”
Bruce, who had no idea of the treasure he had hidden in the walls of his house, ended up selling it and moving to another city.
Nearly 50 years after Betty hid her time capsule within the walls of her home, it was discovered.
Here are excerpts from one of Betty’s handwritten letters:
“Lyndon Johnson is the president. We’re hoping the Republicans will be in command when this pod is discovered.
Barry Goldwater, the Republican candidate for president, lives on top of the mountain with a big TV antenna.»
Instead of throwing all this away, John did the unthinkable. With the help of KPNX news, John decided to find Bruce to return the time capsule that his wife Betty had saved for him.
Luckily he managed to find him and the two met at a local coffee shop.
Bruce, 80, now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was extremely impressed to see the surprise his wife had in store for him. He also discovered that Betty had written a letter to one of her children as a present for her 31st birthday.
“We had the best marriage,” Bruce told KPNX through tears. “We didn’t argue about anything.”
It is impressive how Betty, after being dead for 38 years, was able to communicate with her husband through this time capsule.