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Tuesday, September 06, 2005 Bookmark Now! | Email to a friend  

What happened to Louis Armstrong's trumpet?

I knew I'd find a lot of links in Yahoo!'s Louis Armstrong category, but I wanted specific information about his instrument. So, I typed "Louis Armstrong's trumpet" (using quotation marks) into the Yahoo! search box and hoped for the best.

I clicked on the first match listed, a subpage of CNN.com. At first glance, the article, Clinton toasts 2000 at White House VIP dinner, didn't seem relevant, but I soon found mention of Satchmo's trumpet.

The article discusses, among other things, the White House Millennium Council project and its National Archives time capsule. The time capsule, a metal cabinet rendered to look like a three-dimensional, waving American flag, was sealed and stored at the end of 2000 and will be opened in 100 years.

The capsule contains a number of varied objects suggested by 20th century "thinkers, creators, builders," and teachers and students from across the country. Louis Armstrong's trumpet is in there. Other items include: a transistor, a shard of the dismantled Berlin Wall, a photo of civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and a film of Neil Armstrong's first walk on the moon.

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