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Blast from past '66 'time capsule' found in Cherry Hill home

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24.08.2021

The blast from the past was discovered by workmen fixing a leaky pipe in Vince and Kristen Clerico’s upstairs bathroom in Cherry Hill.

“They tore out the drywall and said you won’t believe what we found,” Kristen said.

A time capsule, its contents wrapped in aluminum foil, hidden in a wall in 1966 by a teenager who had lived there.

Inside was a Courier-Post front page from Wednesday Oct. 26, 1966, bearing headlines about flying saucers, a deadly fire aboard an American aircraft carrier, and President Lyndon Johnson promising troops in Vietnam, “We’ll not let you down.”

There was a copy of ’Teen, a magazine aimed at 10-15-year old girls, with stories on “How To Date”, “Hot Rod Frills” and “Fastback Hairdos.”

There was a penny from 1960, and a handwritten note to the future. Its salutation begins with “Dear” followed by a question mark. “My name is Gail Horn. I have brown hair and brown eyes.”

The note, on lined copy book paper, is deteriorated, and some words are missing. But those that remain make its purpose clear.

“...but I decided to let … you know what life is like in ’66 for teens like me … Love, Gail ’66.”

On the aluminum foil is another note........

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