The class of 1966 at Highland Jr. High School
buried a time capsule as part of a social studies project in Mr. Donald
Zwier's class. For over 30 years, this time capsule popped into my memory
at random. For most of that time I wasn't sure I didn't imagine the
whole thing. Calls to the school office afforded no help. I'd lost touch
with nearly everyone from the school. I just wasn't sure how to start. Even a couple
visits to the school over the last year or so just to look around didn't help much.
My recollection was of working on the assignment, not burying the result.
Then last year my mother dragged out my 8th grade yearbook and there,
big as life, on page 19 of the 1965-1966 Highland Piper was the note shown here.
Suddenly I wasn't imagining it any more, but wasn't much closer to unearthing it either!
A couple weeks ago I sat down to see what I could learn using the internet. In short order
I stumbled over the 30th reunion committee from Libertyville High School, some of
whom were in the 1966 class at Highland. Lo and behold there are people out there
whose memories, like mine, just wouldn't let go of this assignment (and they say teachers
can't have a lasting effect). I was able to find a way to contact Mr. Zwier (again
using the internet) and on August 31, 1999 I called him. His recollection
is that the time capsule (actually a potato chip can covered with roofing
tar) was dropped next to the foundation of the new addition
just prior to that space being backfilled. Mr. Zwier visited the school
recently, but things didn't look like he remembered (happens to me all
the time). He does think though that the most likely corner has some small
evergreen trees nearby. What isn't clear is which S.E. corner and of which