OGDEN -- Joe Dussol was a Horace Mann fifth-grader a quarter-century ago, when he and his schoolmates buried a time capsule and mused about what the future might hold.
"I was going to be a millionaire secret agent," said Dussol, 35, a marketing director who lives in Farr West.
"I'm pretty happy with the way my life is turning out. I am disappointed that we don't all drive hover cars."
Dussol and other former Horace Mann Elementary School students on Friday returned to the school for the opening of that time capsule. Also celebrating were Principal Ross Lunceford, the teachers and the school's 470 kindergarten through sixth-grade students.
"I remember we put Polaroid pictures in," said Mark Hoyal, 35, Dussol's lifelong friend. "I remember when they told us we would be 35, I thought that would be scary. I wanted to be a policeman. Now I work at South Davis Hospital in community outreach, and that's the last thing I ever thought I would be doing when I was in fifth grade."
Dussol and Hoyal looked on as current students filed out of the school, taking their place on the front lawn. The time capsule was a capped plastic tube that had previously been a filter. In 1987 it was sunk into cement, which on Thursday had to be chipped away, damaging the container. But other than some water damage, the contents remained intact.
"This was buried almost before I was born," said Lunceford, drawing hearty laughs from his teaching staff. "No, really Mrs. Thorpe is the only teacher from back then who is still here, and you know what that means: She is really old."
That would be second-grade teacher Colette Thorpe, who has spent her whole 29-year teaching career at Horace Mann.
Lunceford uncapped the time capsule and began pulling out contents.
First, there was a notebook with the names and birthdays of a class of students. Next out was a "Model 900" calculator about the dimensions of a theater-size box of candy. Next came Polaroid pictures of 1987 staff members.
"Mrs. Thorpe, you'll want to see this hairdo up close," Lunceford teased.
Next out was a class's list of favorites: Favorite hit song, "Girls, Girls, Girls"; favorite movie, "Harry and the Hendersons"; favorite television show, "Alf"; favorite cartoon, "Garfield."
Next, a lunch menu.
"Looks like the same things we are still serving," Lunceford said.
Another class listed pop culture favorites, including "Footloose," "Facts of Life," "The Cosby Show" and MTV.
A class listed future career goals as scientist, truck driver, waitress and astronaut. A damp school sweatshirt was revealed, as was an Ogden Standard-Examiner.
An audio casette tape had water inside. Lunceford said he would try to dry it out. Then he summoned Dussol, Hoyal and other former students up to read letters they had penned 25 years earlier.
"This is awesome," said sixth-grader Emily Olsen, 11, of Ogden. "It's fun to see how the past is different from now, and that in some ways it is the same."
Emily's favorites, by the way, include Selena Gomez, "Garfield" (the movie) and Disney Channel's "Jessie." And she wants to be an elementary school teacher.
Next, teachers or students from each class brought up items they wanted packed in the next time capsule, due for opening in September 2037.
Offerings included school supplies with Disney Princess and Sponge Bob decorations, student pictures, gummy snacks with instructions to determine whether they were still soft and edible, a Hex Bug toy, a copy of school song "Rudolph the Red-Beaked Falcon," a new school sweatshirt and more student letters.
Thorpe's class contributed photos of the school, and of a television and a copy machine, "Just to see if they can recognize any of them," Thorpe said.
Lunceford tossed in a fundraiser chocolate bar.
The fifth grade offered DVDs of recent 3D movies and a pair of 3D glasses.
Emily said she'll definitely be back at age 36, to watch her time capsule as it is reopened.
"I think the big change between now and then will be technology," she said. "I think we'll have different cars that don't use fuel or gas, but they will be able to fly."