Steve Jobs' 1983 Time Capsule Uncovered

With some pretty cool stuff inside

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 14, 2014 11:14 AM CST

(Newser) – A massive time capsule put in the ground during 1983's Aspen International Design Conference earned the nickname the "Steve Jobs Time Capsule" after he dropped his own computer mouse into it. The pod was supposed to be unearthed in 2000, but construction in Aspen caused organizers to lose track of it for some time. Now, "an 80's gold mine and a rare piece of Apple history," has been unveiled, or so says the website for National Geographic show Diggers. It zeroed in on the capsule in September, but video of it is only coming out now, revealing its haul: A Rubik's Cube, a Moody Blues eight-track, and some very old Balantine beer are among its hundreds of items.

"We just freaked out," George Wyant, a co-host of the show, told CNET. As for Jobs' mouse, it comes from the Apple Lisa—the precursor to the first Macintosh computer released in 1984—and he used it while giving a talk at the conference, the Telegraph reports. After the conference, hundreds of other items, many protected in plastic bags, were packed along with the mouse into a 13-foot metal pipe and buried. You can get a good look at the dig later this month when the whole thing airs Feb. 25.

In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad during an event in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad during an event in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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