Widower stunned by wife’s time capsule



A 33-year-old Arizona woman has contacted her husband from beyond the grave.

On Sept 27, 1966, her husband’s 31st birthday, Betty Klug stashed a time capsule in the wall of her family’s North Phoenix home.

It remained hidden until recently when a contractor discovered it amid insulation as the house was being remodeled. “We’ve done hundreds of houses but never found anything like this,” John Murray tells NBC affiliate KPNX 12 News.

Inside the capsule, a photo and a letter.

Betty, a Republican, gives a snapshot of the 60s. Among her observations …

  “Lyndon Johnson is president. We are hopeful that the Republicans will be in office when this time capsule is recovered.”

 “The Vietnam War is still going on. Racial situation very serious. Boys have long hair resulting from the Beatles craze.”

The Klug family sold the house in the 80s. How to share the time capsule with her loved ones?

BruceKlugKPNX helped Murray find Betty’s husband, Bruce, living nearby in Scottsdale.

Bruce (right), who never knew that Betty had planted a surprise inside the house, became emotional when he read the letter. A decade after she created the time capsule, she died in a car accident.

Reading her letter made him laugh and cry.

“We had the best marriage,” a teary-eyed Bruce tells KPNX. “Not once did we argue about anything.”

Finding the time capsule had a profound effect on Murray, too. “Wow, I think I’m just going to value things a little bit differently,” the contractor says.

You can watch the KPNX 12 News report here.