Time capsules can be a fascinating way to look back through a certain window of history to see what was important to people during a different era. They can also be very, very disappointing. In 2012, when the former Gove Middle School was being demolished, the construction crew came across a time capsule that had been sealed in 1975. A group of Gove alumni opened the capsule and found a school bond proposal, a copy of a book written in 1905 by namesake Aaron Gove, and some reports from 1974 detailing desegregation in the Denver Public Schools. Thought-provoking, maybe, but kind of dull.
This Thursday, May 15, Dora Moore, a K-8 school at 846 Corona Street, will open its own time capsule. This one was hidden away in 1989, when the school building was already a century old. What will be found inside? Here are our top seven predictions.
A Newsweek special edition on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rest of the Eastern Bloc. Newsweek itself would become a piece of history when it ended its long print run in 2012 (although it has recently been resurrected). At the time, it was hard to imagine a world without communism -- and without print journalism. Number 6:
A T-shirt highlighting the AFC champion Denver Broncos and, more specifically, the faces of the Three Amigos: wide receivers Ricky Nattiel, Vance Johnson and Mark Jackson, who would lead the team to the Super Bowl in 1990. Just as they were in 2014, the Broncos were blown out in the big game that year. Continue to keep counting down the top seven things we expect to find in a 1989 time capsule. Number 5:
The members of Big Head Todd and the Monsters went on to become Denver's first big radio stars, but before they went platinum, they released their debut album, 1989's "Another Mayberry" -- which any hip middle-schooler would have loved to have owned -- on cassette tape. Number 4:
A copy of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, which provoked death threats (most famously by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini) not just against the author, but against the stores that sold the book, including the Tattered Cover, whose owner, Joyce Meskis, made a point of selling it -- and prominently displaying it -- as a message about free speech. Continue to keep counting down the top seven things we expect to find in a 1989 time capsule. Number 3:
A Rocky Mountain News story about the spectacular June 6, 1989, dawn raid on the Rocky Flats nuclear-weapons plant by the FBI and the EPA, looking into allegations of environmental malfeasance at the Department of Energy facility that manufactured plutonium triggers. After a three-year investigation, the Rocky Flats grand jury was muzzled; Rockwell International, which ran the plant for the DOE, got off with a fine; Rocky Flats was turned into a still unopened wildlife regulate...and the Rocky Mountain News proved to have a half-life a lot shorter than that of plutonium. Number 2:
A TV Guide listing for the final episode of Dynasty, the evening soap opera about the fictional Carringtons that was set in Denver and starred John Forsythe, Joan Collins and Linda Evans, as well as a revolving door of Hollywood has-beens. Oddly, the episode ended with a cliffhanger. Number 1:
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