UF Class of 1995 time capsule opened, alumni reminisce

Albert and Alberta silently cheered by the weathered metal box decorated with a sparkly orange-and-blue bow.

The UF Class of 1995’s time capsule sat in the shade of the Orange and Blue Tailgate tent at Emerson Alumni Hall. A few fans gathered around the Gator-blue table it sat on, and other attendees chatted over tea and chardonnay.

At about 11 a.m. Saturday, UF 1995 alumnus Tony Medina announced the box would be opened for the first time since it was sealed into the brick of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in 1996.

The contents were unveiled with the help of alumni Bruce Floyd and Dan Clark. They said they didn’t know who created the capsule and weren’t involved with it themselves.

Among Gator egg candies, a commencement program and Gator memorabilia were newspapers: the Gainesville Sun, the Alligator and USA Today. While its plaque reads that it was installed in April 1996, the issue of the Sun in the capsule was dated Aug. 20, 1996.

“I expected to see some football schedules, that sort of thing,” said Medina, the president of the UF Association of Hispanic Alumni.

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