On Sunday, Jan. 6, Juneau resident Michael Orelove and friends opened a time capsule sealed by Orelove 20 years ago. The opening and sealing of a time capsule has become a tradition for Orelove, who has created a time capsule every year since 1980.
On the first Sunday of the year, Orelove invites friends to join him in discovering the bits of Juneau and the world that he packed away 20 years ago. He also invites guests to bring items that characterize the previous year to put in a new time capsule.
Orelove was chair of the 1994 Time Capsule Committee in Juneau. The 1994 capsule, which is located in the lobby of the Federal Building, will be opened in 2094.
Among the many items discovered in the 1982 time capsule are an oven mitt printed "Vote McAlpine Lt. Governor," a New Orpheum Theater schedule showing a double bill of "Casablanca" and "To Have and Have Not," a program from the Alaska Committee's "Don't Junk Juneau" auction with auctioneer Homer Beedle, a "Vote NO on Willow, say YES to the NFL," poster and a March 10, 1982, Juneau Empire front page with the headline "The world didn't come to an end," referring to an alignment of planets.