The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Todd Dorman column
Jan 28, 2013 (The Gazette - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
They're going to put a time capsule in the wall at the newly remodeled U.S. Cellular Center. The History Center is seeking ideas.
I wrote about this subject back in June, when I questioned whether these boxes of buried bric-a-brac are still necessary, considering you can now put a pretty decent chunk of mankind's modern history on a thumb drive.
Oh well. What's one more capsule for current time's sake. I had a few suggestions:
It's also a chance for long-term conflict resolution. We should include all the proud pronouncements by city leaders on the convention complex's potential, accompanied by all the online comments predicting its boondoggle-ness. In 50 or 100 years, that could make for some interesting reading. Toss in some stuff about how the 2008 flood was a fluke, and how global warming is a hoax. Oh, and how downtown is dead. Who is right Only the future knows.
You could include Gov. Terry Branstad's executive order banning the use of project labor agreements on the complex. And I bet he'll still be governor when the capsule is opened.
I'd include a bottle of Cedar Ridge bourbon, a box of Crunch Berries cereal and probably a big jug of sugary soda. The way things are going, pop may be illegal by then.
We could put in some newspapers, to prove news was once printed on a thing called paper. We should explain the five seasons, again. And if only we could bottle up the five smells.
I asked for ideas at the time, but due to a technical glitch, comments were closed. They're open now, and I'm still interested to read what you might include.
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