A 50-year-old message was recently found in a jar on the Jersey Shore, written by a 12-year-old boy back in 1963. Dennis Komsa was on vacation at the Jersey Shore when he put this message in a glass jar and tossed it into the Atlantic Ocean with thoughts of the jar landing on some foreign shore.
According to MSN News on Aug. 19, the jar was found not too far from where a 12-year-old Komsa tossed it, but it did last 50-years somewhere out there in the ocean! It traveled only about two-tenths of a mile from where Komsa sent it off in the Atlantic.
After Superstorm Sandy hit last October, Norman Stanton was helping his sister comb through the debris of her home and he found a Ball mason jar and put it on the deck while he continued working.
Later on that day he opened the jar and inside was a 1958 nickel and envelope with a return address. Sandy somehow churned the waters enough to bring that jar off the ocean floor and for Komsa, it rekindled childhood memories.
The envelope had a New Jersey address on it, where Komsa lived as a kid. He would just come down to the Jersey Shore for summer vacation with the family.
Komsa got the chance to meet Stanton, 53, and his sister, Sharon Roher, 60, on Saturday at a luncheon arranged by Arthur Fierro, president of the Property Owners Association in Seaside Heights. Komsa said that the note brought back all the memories for him of being on the Jersey Shore with the family for summer vacation as a kid.
The note in the jar, which was written on Saturday, Aug. 16, 1963, was neatly penned in blue ink and the 12-year-old Komsa used all capital letters:
“TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MAIL. THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT BY DENNIS KOMSA, AGE 12.”
The note asked questioned and then asked for the finder to send it back to Komsa in the self-addressed envelope he put inside. The questions were:
"WHERE WAS THE JAR FOUND?
"WHEN WAS IT FOUND?
"HOW WAS IT FOUND?"
And, “ANYTHING ELSE WHICH MIGHT HELP ME?”
At 61, Komsa is now living in Hillsborough, N.J. He told the Asbury Park Press:
“Things happen for a reason. I guess it’s good it came to shore. It shows anything is possible.”