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Fifty years from now, workers will dig up the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue to unearth a time capsule chronicling the history of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The 16-by-18-inch box was buried four feet underground at the site on Oct. 28 and contains items symbolizing the first 50 years of the Walk of Fame, as well as other Hollywood memorabilia. The time capsule is part of the Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary celebration, which has been taking place throughout 2010. It was buried at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue at the site where the first eight stars were installed. The stars belong to Joanne Woodward, Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick and Ernest Torrence. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler placed the first item into the time capsule, a signed photograph of Woodward.
“We wanted to end the year with some sort of legacy project,” Gubler said. “Our committee decided that nothing could be better than to install a time capsule at the place where it all began.”
More than 50 items were placed in the time capsule, ranging from photographs and books, to a piece of the terrazzo from Elvis Presley’s Walk of Fame star and the program from the funeral for the late Honorary Hollywood Mayor, Johnny Grant. Former “Price is Right” host Bob Barker, who attended the ceremony, said he was proud to have been asked to contribute an item. Barker placed a handwritten note stating, “have your pets spayed and neutered”, and said he hopes when the time capsule is opened 2060, people will wonder why he wrote that, because everyone by then will have their pets spayed and neutered.
At least one item commemorating each of the five categories of stars — film, radio, television, recording and theater — were placed in the time capsule. They included the programs from the “Lion King” and “Wicked” productions at the Pantages Theatre; a miniature model of the Capitol Records tower; a flash drive and CD with radio shows from Southern California broadcasters; DVDs of Academy Awards shows from 1960 and 2010; an Emmy Awards ticket, program and Governor’s Ball menu; and a script from “Casablanca” from the Writer’s Guild of America.
David Paternostro, president of Top End Constructors, the company that installs all stars on the Walk of Fame, said the time capsule is made of welded steel that will block out moisture and can withstand a major earthquake. A special Walk of Fame plaque commemorating the first 50 years and the location of the first eight stars will be placed on the sidewalk where the time capsule is buried.
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