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Largo High School Class of 1989 digs up time capsule, discovers soggy, ruined mementos

Ryan Nowlyn, a member of the Class of ’89, looks at the drenched class shirt that had been stored in the capsule. Other items included a Swatch watch and a U2 CD.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Ryan Nowlyn, a member of the Class of ’89, looks at the drenched class shirt that had been stored in the capsule. Other items included a Swatch watch and a U2 CD.

A baby coffin was unearthed Monday afternoon in Largo.

But it's not what you think.

The coffin was used as a time capsule by Largo High School's 1989 graduating class. Filled with mementos marking the class' high school era, the contents will be officially presented at the 20-year reunion planned for Aug. 7-9.

But a baby coffin?

"A member of the class was Becky Feaster,'' said Rachel Moore, a reunion committee member. "Her family owned Feaster Funeral Home, and her father was able to help us with the airtight container.''

The dig, completed in a little more than two hours, took place under the scoreboard on the Packers' football field. The recovery was made simpler because of a plaque placed on the site soon after it was buried. The words on the concrete marker were "Class of '89. We came together as strangers, but we leave as eternal friends.''

A few items the class chose to include in the capsule were a Swatch watch and The Joshua Tree, a compact disc by U2.

"The Swatch watch came out loose and in pieces, and the U2 CD was all wet, but, one amazing thing is that one of our classmates, Amy Taylor, wrote a four-page family history about her family, Largo pioneers. It came out perfectly intact,'' Moore said.

Twenty years of Florida rains and construction near the burial site led to water getting inside the capsule, Moore said. "But you can still see where the capsule was originally sealed tight. We're salvaging what we can.''

Before closing the capsule two decades ago, someone slid in a front page of the St. Petersburg Times. On June 12, 1989, the front page headline read: "Moral Majority to disband. Reverend Falwell proclaims 'our mission is accomplished.' ''

Largo High School Class of 1989 digs up time capsule, discovers soggy, ruined mementos 06/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:49am]
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