Homeowners Find The Kid Who Hid A Time Capsule In Their Home In 1978
A family renovating their Fontana home found a time capsule, sealed inside a wall by a 12-year-old boy in 1978. Thanks to the Internet, the family and the little boy—now 49—have been connected.
Greg Sandoval said he found the time capsule six years ago during renovations to his house in Fontana, ABC 7 reports. The ziplock bag was hidden inside a wall and contained coins, a McDonald's coupon, newspaper clippings and a note.
The hand-written note reads:
Hello to whoever finds this. My name is Robert Wright. Today my dad is putting up paneling. Today is November 18th, 1978, 15 till 12:00 noon. I'm 12 years old and a student at Fontana JR. High, 7th grade. I am 5'3, blond hair, hazel eyes. Here is proof of the date.
The note is signed Robert Wright.
Sandoval told ABC 7 that he couldn't bring himself to throw the capsule away, even though his attempts to locate Wright using Facebook had been unsuccessful. A day after the story ran, however, a man in Texas identified himself as Robert Wright.
Wright, now a 49-year-old medical worker with two kids of his own, said he woke up to Facebook messages from his cousin telling him about the story.
Wright said that he was probably inspired to make the time capsule by his father Wayne, a construction worker who would scrawl his name on walls or leave other hidden tokens in his work. He said he must have just grabbed stuff from his room with the date on it, shoved it in the bag and sealed it in the wall.
Wright said he will be calling Sandoval tonight to talk about the capsule, and that he might do something similar with this own children when they remodel their kitchen.