‘All the boys have long hair because of the Beatles craze’: Widower reunited with poignant time capsule his wife buried in 1966 – without ever telling him – after contractor digs it up
- Contractor John Murray found the capsule while working on a North Phoenix home built in the 1950s
- Capsule was partially opened and included photos and a letter written in 1966
- Letter written by 33-year-old Betty Klug, who tragically died in a car accident ten years later
- Capsule was returned to widower Bruce Klug, 79, who now lives in Scottsdale
- Bruce said ‘We had the best marriage. Not once did we argue about anything.
A time capsule was returned to a widower that was hidden in 1966 by his late wife hidden by a construction crew, bringing back a series of loving memories of their marriage.
Contractor John Murray, working with a construction crew on a North Phoenix four-bedroom home built in the 1950s, discovered the partially opened capsule.
‘It was on the floor over there with a pile of insulation,’ Murray told KPNX. ‘We’ve done hundreds of houses but never found anything like this.’
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Bruce Klug, pictured, was touched to receive the capsule hidden in 1966 by his late wife Betty. Betty tragically died ten years later in a car accident.
Betty (in white) and Bruce (in jacket) are seen in this later photo of the Klug family. Describing his marriage to Betty, Bruce said ‘We had the best marriage. Not once did we argue about anything’
Betty included this photo of herself and her two children in the time capsule.
The capsule, hidden in 1966, was found partially opened.
Inside the partially-opened capsule, there was a family photo and an open letter to future readers living in a different era.
The letter was written by 33-year-old Betty Klug, the station reports, and describes the social and political issues of the 1960s.
‘The Vietnam War is still going on,’ it reads. ‘Racial situation very serious. Boys have long hair resulting from the Beatle craze.’
Another part reads ‘Lyndon Johnson is president. We are hopeful that the Republicans will be in office when this time capsule is recovered.’
‘Barry Goldwater (Republican candidate for president) lives on top of the hill with the big T.V. antenna. (N.W. bedroom view.)’
Bruce Klug, Betty’s husband, was found by the station living in Scottsdale and now 79 years old.
Klug did not know that his wife buried the time capsule — and that the letter she included in it was written on his birthday.
Tragically, ten years after the capsule was hidden, Betty Klug died in a car crash.
Contractor John Murray, pictured, found the time capsule while working on the Klugs’ former home in North Phoenix. He said he found the partially-opened capsule next to a pile of insulation.
Murray is seen here shaking hands with and meeting Bruce Klug. Klug is now 79 and lives in Scottsdale.
‘I don’t know how I did it — went back to work within a week,’ Bruce told the station. ‘We had the best marriage. Not once did we argue about anything.’
Bruce was thankful to revisit his memories of his wife and family. He laughed looking over notes his wife made about locations and places he recognized from the past.
‘I enjoyed it, thanks,’ he told Murray.
Murray, meanwhile, told the station he was happy to return the capsule to Bruce.
‘It’s been an awesome experience, for sure,’ he said.
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