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The First Time Capsule Tearjerker of 2014

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Back in 1966 a woman in North Phoenix, Arizona sealed a time capsule in the wall of her home. Betty Klug, then 33, didn't tell her husband nor her two kids about the capsule. It remained a secret until contractors working on the home recently discovered the time-traveling treasure. Fair warning: If you're not a robot, you should probably get some tissues handy.


The contractors were able to track down Betty's husband Bruce, who's now 79 years old and lives in Scottsdale. They handed Bruce the time capsule and he explained that Betty died tragically in a car crash 10 years after the capsule was sealed.

Bruce goes through the time capsule letter (written so many years ago on his birthday: September 27th) and we can see a man transported back through time. Even the most banal details in the letter elicit an amazing moment of recollection in his eyes.


"We had the best marriage," Bruce says, fighting back tears. "Not once did we argue about anything."

Needless to say, the video is heartbreaking. We watch Bruce talk about his family and how difficult it was to lose his wife. Time capsules serve many different purposes for different people. And here it serves to remind an old man of happier times, despite the tragic loss of his partner.

You'll have to excuse me, I think I have something in my robot eye.

[USA Today]

Image: Photo of Betty Klug, her husband Bruce and her daughter, taken from a video screenshot via USA Today