While 1994 – a year when the highest-grossing film at the box office was “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the Grammy award for album of the year went to none other than Tony Bennett – it doesn’t seem like it’s so long ago, a lot has changed in the 28 years since.
Natick Mall staff learn this firsthand after unearthing a time capsule on Wednesday that was placed under the mall’s floor in 1994, according to a report by Metrowest Daily News.
“We opened the mall after its second renovation on October 12, 1994, 28 years ago today. They buried a time capsule at the time and they asked the community to bring all the letters, magazines, things important to them that they wanted to put inside,” said the general manager of the mall, Jennifer Kerney.
One of the highlights of the capsule included a series of letters from local students, according to Metrowest Daily News.
“We held a contest to see what it would look like in 2022, and I won second place,” said Sheena Peabody, now 39, who submitted a letter when she was in fifth grade. at Medway Middle School.
His letter, like many others, made predictions about what the world would be like in 2022.
“It wasn’t that crazy; I thought maybe I was talking about flying cars, but I talked more about hairstyles, clothes, and bands. I forgot I had written this stuff,” Peabody said.
A third-year student at Brophy School in Framingham says 2022 will include cleaner cars and everyone will own moon shoes that will allow them to jump five feet off the ground.
The students whose predictions tended to be more accurate, coming from a marketing class at Framingham State, said that by 2022 everyone would “carry a SMART credit card, used for all purchases and start a company cashless”, and would have the “ability to order your own custom design for high-priced items, using a computer to order directly from the manufacturer.
Other items in the time capsule included menus from nearby restaurants, a two-page advertisement for Camel cigarettes, vinyl records and numerous “friends”-related products, according to reports from The Boston Globe.
Kearney, a mall employee for 15 years, said staff have been waiting for this day for a long time.
“We knew that as the day approached, we wanted to make it a big deal for the community,” she said. “It was one of those things, where if you knew it, you noticed it in the ground, but most people just walked past it for years and years. One of our maintenance people, Craig, is from Natick and he was very excited to finally get this out of the ground.
The contents of the time capsule were displayed at the Natick Mall on Wednesday.
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