The Truth About The Time Capsule Under The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Los Angeles, receiving nearly 10 million visitors every year (via Mental Floss). There are over 2,600 terrazzo and brass stars celebrating actors, directors, musicians and even fictional characters that made history in the entertainment industry. According to Self Tour, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Johnny Depp, and Marilyn Monroe are the most photographed stars on the sidewalk.

Since its inauguration in the 1960s, the Walk of Fame has been managed by the Chamber of Commerce. Anyone can suggest a celebrity that should receive an homage, and nearly 30 stars are added every year, Walk of Fame reported. Exploring the 15 blocks of the most famous sidewalk in the world can have some surprises. Visitors might notice that Muhammed Ali’s star is the only one placed on a wall. Some celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Mickey Rooney, have multiple stars in different categories.

The time capsule will be opened in 2060

The Chamber of Commerce had decided to celebrate the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary by creating a time capsule. In 2010, they held a ceremony to bury a stainless steel box at Hollywood and Highland Ave. The time capsule will be opened in 2060, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the attraction, NBC Los Angeles reported.

There are 50 items inside the box, including a script of “Casablanca,” an autographed picture of Joanne Woodward, DVDs with classic movies and Academy Award ceremonies from 1960 and 2010, and Los Angeles Daily News editions with articles about the Walk of Fame. The person who opens the box will also find a note from Bob Barker that reads, “Have your pet spayed or neutered.” The TV host and animal rights activist explained why he chose those words. “I thought about it for a long time; I wanted something that was memorable, something profound,” he said (via Los Angeles Daily News).

Time capsules have been popular ever since Anna Deihm, a publisher at New York Magazine, put some objects inside a box in 1879. The box, hidden in the U.S. Capitol, was not opened until nearly a century later, History reports.

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