Orlando time capsule reveals thoughts on 2020 -- from 25 years ago

Capsule was buried at Orange County Courthouse in 1995

A time capsule buried at the Orange County Courthouse in 1995 was opened Tuesday, and it included predictions for the year 2020.
A time capsule buried at the Orange County Courthouse in 1995 was opened Tuesday, and it included predictions for the year 2020.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A time capsule buried at the Orange County Courthouse in 1995 was opened Tuesday, and it included predictions for the year 2020.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings joined other officials at the opening of the time capsule, which was buried at the site of the Orange County Courthouse as construction was completed 25 years ago.

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Demings provided context for the capsule, recounting that in 1995, Bill Clinton was president of the United States, Lawton Chiles was the governor of Florida and Glenda Hood was the mayor of Orlando. In addition, Demings reminded the attendees that the Orlando Magic went to the NBA Finals, Disney World had three theme parks and opened Blizzard Beach and Universal only had one Orlando park.

“Time has flown by so quickly,” Demings said.

The items included photographs and letters from local residents, students and civic leaders documenting a “Day in the Life” in Orange County.

The first item pulled out by Demings, who was an Orlando police captain in 1995, was a page of photos provided by Lockhart Middle School.

The second item was a letter from then-Orange County Chairman Linda Chapin, who was at the unveiling of items.

“It feels like yesterday,” said Chapin, as she reflected on writing the letter.

In the note, Chapin said she hoped “Central Florida would place a high priority on family values ... and personal integrity.”

She also predicted that in the year 2020, Orlando would consist of 100 or more small villages, each with the necessary accommodations.

“(Chapin) came very close with many of the predictions about the way of life here about technology and virtual reality,” Demings said.

She also guessed that Orlando would be a hub for film production and international commerce and that citizens would accept and enjoy mass transit around the community.

Pamela Schwartz, of the Orange County Regional History Center, provided details about the items contained in the capsule, which also included a letter from Chiles, a commemorative Orange County Sheriff’s Office badge and various newspapers.


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