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Time Capsule 1986
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Burbank mayor Mary Kelsey speaks from a microphone from the City Hall steps at a time capsule unveiling on November 24, 1986. A news cameraman from KTLA films Library Board vice-chairman Marc Gillenson as he sifts through the severely damaged contents of the just-opened time capsule. Members of a color guard are partially visible on the steps. According to the Los Angeles Times, the time capsule had been buried in the cornerstone of old Central Library in 1937 and was damaged when the building was demolished in 1963. It stayed unopened and was virtually forgotten until it was rediscovered in the spring of 1986 in the office closet of Library Director Marcia Richards at the newer Central Library. The unveiling event held in November as part of the city's 75th anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration was widely considered a disappointment, as the time capsule contained mostly uninteresting library documents--receipts for library plants, etc.--that had disintegrated over time and from water damage due to "inadequate asbestos wrapping." Richards compared the event to Geraldo Rivera's infamous televised opening of Al Capone's vault. At the City Hall event, Burbank Mayor Mary Kelsey also oversaw the burying of a new capsule that was opened in 2011.
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Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Time capsules--Kelsey, Mary--Mayors--Men--Women--City halls--Fashion--1980s--Color guards--Television camera operators--Reporters and reporting--Television cameras
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