COUNCIL TO VOTE ON TIME CAPSULE; PROJECT WOULD BE SANTA CLARITA'S FIRST.
If you could save time in a bottle - a 14-inch steel cylinder in this case - what would it be?
City officials are posing that question to area residents, as they plan to sink a time capsule at the base of the Jan Heidt Metrolink Station during its opening ceremony in Newhall in early 2000.
The 14-by-30-inch hard steel cylinder, to be marked by a bronze plaque at the base of the Bell Tower with instructions for its opening, would be unearthed in January 2050.
The time capsule would be the first one to be buried by the city, said Community Services Supervisor Aaron Solomon.
``We want to give the people of 2050 an idea of what life was like in the Santa Clarita Valley in 1999,'' said Solomon.
Community members would be invited to suggest items for the time capsule via e-mail, mail or fax machine. City officials hope to include items that would focus on local history and events that shaped the city in 1999, plus a scroll to be signed by community residents, he said.
The city likely would contribute topographical maps to show its boundaries, as well as the Santa Clarita Valley's geographical features and landscape in 1999, Solomon said.
Also, an essay contest would be held at a later date for students to write about their generation in 1999. Winning essays would be placed in the capsule, for future children to draw comparisons to life in 2050, officials said.
The City Council was expected to vote on funding for the time capsule proposal Tuesday night. The program is expected to cost less than $5,000 to advertise the event and to purchase the steel cylinder, bronze plaque, prizes for essay contest winners and community scroll, Baker said.
Buried in time
Did you ever bury a time capsule, a vessel filled with everyday items that now are artifacts of a bygone era.
Maybe a Beatles 45 tucked against a newspaper picture of LBJ lifting his beagles by the ears. Or perhaps some bell-bottoms, a mood ring, a Pet Rock, a Fonzie poster, maybe a Rubik's Cube.
If your school, church, club or any organization has buried a time capsule for excavation in the distant future, tell us about it.
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