When he hid the letter inside his bathroom wall nearly a quarter century ago, Australian Greg Wilkinson reckoned it would be discovered sometime between the years 2045 and 2075. His wife guessed the year 2020, and it turns out she was much closer to the mark.
Construction workers recently arrived at the home in Rozelle, just outside Sydney, and discovered the letter Wilkinson had penned on April 15, 1995. Actually, he printed it out on a Canon Bubble Jet BJ-10sx, which was pretty fancy stuff back then, when the World Wide Web had just reached the masses and “every man and his dog want[ed] to ‘surf’ the Internet,” the letter says. “Please tell me this expression has now died.” (Fortunately, yes. Yes it has.)
The home on Terry Street was deemed uninhabitable when the couple purchased it in 1987 for a mere $170,000. So Wilkinson put in some good ol’ sweat equity to get it up to living standards, and that’s when Wilkinson came up with the idea of placing a time capsule in the bathroom for future owners to find.
In the three-page letter, Wilkinson covers a wide range of topics, ranging from national and international politics to sports to the cost of some common household items.
Of course, he also included some basic information about himself and his family and issued his predictions for the future.
The tradesman who found the letter posted it on Facebook:
As it turns out, Wilkinson is neither “old and grey” nor “dead and gone;” he’s 61 years old and pretty proud of the predictions he made in his letter!
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