- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - A Whitney Houston tape, a “Jurassic Park” cup and a blue-haired troll each helped to shape 1993.

At least based on a time capsule opened by DeKalb Park District officials Thursday they did. Some contended that artifacts marking the opening of Adventures in Barbland playground, where the time capsule was discovered, also did.

“This was an extensive project that countless hours and work went into,” said DeKalb resident Sherry Christensen, who helped with fundraising to create the park. “It was a significant community effort.”

Christensen was among a small group of people who gathered at the Hopkins Park Community Center for the opening of the 22-year-old time capsule that was buried at the recently-demolished Adventures in Barbland playground.

Water had soaked the items, including a couple of newspaper articles marking the project, a Chicago Bulls poster and a “Jurassic Park” sticker book. A Chicago Cubs T-shirt, a Chesebro Elementary shirt, a Chicago White Sox pin and a McDonald’s Barbie toy were also inside.

Dave Pearson, 57, of DeKalb, came to the unveiling decked in gear from when he helped create the playground.

“I dug up my old Barbland shirt,” Pearson said, gesturing to the sweatshirt he was wearing, pulling it up to reveal an equally as old T-shirt. “I thought I’d see one of those in there.”

Crews discovered the capsule when they were demolishing the playground at 900 Garden St. in October.

It was bittersweet for Christensen, 55, of Sycamore, and Barbland volunteer Angel Smith, 54, of DeKalb, to watch the time capsule opened years before they thought it would be because it marked the end of a project dear to them.

“I think we’re all very sad to see it come down,” Christensen said. “So much work, and sweat and possibly some tears were spent building it. We’re also very proud to have (the time capsule) open.”

The time capsule could be buried again with new items, Park Board President Phil Young said.

The next capsule, he said, will be waterproof.

What’s inside?

Some of the items inside the 1993 time capsule:

- a Chicago Bulls poster

- newspaper articles

- a troll

- a Whitney Houston cassette tape

- a McDonalds’ toy

- a Chesebro Elementary School shirt

- “Jurassic Park” memorabilia.

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Source: The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle, https://bit.ly/1zRCw2O

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, https://www.daily-chronicle.com


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