Message in a bottle makes its way home 50 years later
Fifty years ago a 12-year-old boy threw a message in a bottle out into the ocean. The message ended up being a lot closer to him than he realized. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.
五十年前，一个十二岁的小男孩将一个漂流瓶扔进大海。最后瓶子又回到了他的身边 。NBC的Michelle Franzen报道 。
It's a timeless summer ritual, perhaps you were one of those kids who put a message in a bottle, hoping someone would find it and write you back. Fair to say that most of them are lost to the sea, but on the Jersey Shore, one of those bottles, actually a jar, washed up during hurricane Sandy, half a century after a young boy tossed it in the ocean, NBC's Michelle Franzen tonight with what happened next.
reporter: Dennis Combza waited nearly a lifetime to see this maison jar again and the note tucked inside.
It's amazing, isn't it?
reporter: Amazing because it's been half a century since he cast the jar and letter into the ocean during a family vacation to New Jersey's seaside heights.
It reminds me a lot about the time i spent at the shore. Every august, we would go down there and remind, all these things flash through your head.
reporter: Then just 12 years old, Combza and his father wrote the note.
Enclosed is 5 cents for the stamp. I said why where did you find the bottle, date when found, how did you find it anything else which might help me?
reporter: The nickel was included for the return stamp for the stranger who would find it.
This is where the bottle was found.
reporter: That stranger, Norman Stanton. He found the jar while sifting through piles of debris from superstorm Sandy at his sister's home in seaside heights.
Finding and being a part of the history of seaside, I just feel privileged.
reporter: Pushed ashore by Sandy's force and just a stone's throw away from where Combza had thrown it out to sea all those years ago.
If it wasn't for superstorm Sandy, the bottle wouldn't have been recovered.
reporter: He and his sister, Sharon, a chance to meet Combza this weekend and return the jar.
This is, to me, memories of my childhood.
reporter: Much has changed since that august of 1963.
Did you think you have to wait 50 years?
When you're a kid, you think anything's possible.
reporter: A belief and a jar that holds a much bigger message for the Jersey Shore.
To me, I think this is a message to seaside that the town can come back, this can happen, anything can happen.
reporter: New memories that have yet to be tossed and found. Michelle Franzen, NBC News, Hillsborough, New Jersey.