Current Conditions

Current Conditions: Musings on a time capsule

ojandcigThe other week, I was in the Hutch News sports section trying to find scissors for my newly-acquired label maker that I may have swiped from them.

Sports reporter Brad Hallier, of Blogging Frankly fame, was helping with the search. He opened the top drawer of the desk behind him that doesn’t get much use and together we found something amazing, a vestige of vintage Hutch News. Inside the drawer, neatly placed together, was an O.J. Simpson playing card from the 1978 San Francisco 49ers, a floppy disk and one Marlboro cigarette.

It was as if an employee of yesteryear strategically placed the three items to leave a marker of past life. A subtle “I was here” sign, if you will.  Likely, the items were completely arbitrary, which makes it even more incredible today.

I asked around the office and the consensus is that the desk belonged to a sports clerk who unfortunately died a few years back. We are surrounded by history here. History of headlines and deadlines past. It’s so reassuring, comforting even, that signs of this person’s life — when  floppy disks were necessary, smoking was cool and OJ was  the man —  exist after he’s gone. And it makes me wonder whether one day someone will look through my desk, full of multicolored post-it notes, sharpies and notebooks, and find signs of life there.

-Kayla Regan, Current Conditions

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