Treasure Hunters Find Steve Jobs’ Long-Lost Lisa Mouse [Video]

(Credit: CNet/Mike Durkin)

(Credit: CNET/Mike Durkin)

Footage has been released of a television crew discovering an original Lisa mouse used by Steve Jobs. The mouse was one of a collection of miscellaneous items found inside a time capsule in Aspen, Colorado.

Jobs had visited the area in 1983 for the Aspen International Design Conference — during which he delivered a speech predicting many of the Apple technologies which would come to pass during his lifetime — including the iPad, wireless networking, and even the App Store. Afterwards, Jobs was one of several conference attendees who donated objects for the “Aspen Time Tube” which has now been recovered.

The original plan had been to dig this up and display it in the year 2000, except for one slight problem: due to major landscaping in the area, conference organizers were unable to find it.

Then last September — aided by members of the National Geographic Channel show Diggers — the tube was rediscovered and cut open. Other objects inside the tube (not belonging to Jobs) included a six-pack of Balantine beer, a Moody Blues tape, and a Rubik’s Cube.

The footage in its entirely can be seen on February 25, when Diggers will kick off its second season with a special Steve Jobs Time Capsule episode.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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