Monroeville time capsule unearths quirks from 25 years ago
Although most of the people in the room were librarians, there was one document none of them could read: an astrological chart, with notation detailing the movement of planets.
“We’re going to need an astrologer,” said Sally Michalski, interim director of the Monroeville Public Library, joking that the library would have to advertise for a new employee.
The horoscope was one of the surprises in store for the small but devoted crowd of library employees and supporters who turned out Monday, the day of the library’s 50th anniversary, to celebrate the opening of a time capsule buried in front of the building in 1989.
The objects sealed inside the aluminum capsule ran the gamut from mass-market fiction by authors such as Danielle Steele and Tom Clancy to Monroeville’s budget from that year and packaging for a quarter-pounder and fountain drink from McDonald’s — bagged with a $1 bill to show the price of the meal at the time.
The capsule also contained a selection of periodicals from the year, along with some other touches that were unmistakably from the 1980s.
One of the books preserved for posterity was “Crystal Awareness,” a volume on New Age spirituality.
Johnna Cornelius, the library’s office manager, said she was surprised to find a hair crimper.
“Who would have thought you’d put that in a time capsule?” she said.
Gideon Bradshaw is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2369 or [email protected].