Time capsule: 1985

Students participate in a chemistry lab in what was then known as the College of Physical Science. Four years later, it was renamed the College of Physical and Engineering Science, which still stands today. Can you identify any of the people in this photo? Send us a note and let us know!


  • Students vote for the redevelopment of athletic facilities on campus, including a double rink, 25-metre pool, a bubble for tennis courts and new squash and racquetball courts.
  • The University Centre marks its 10-year anniversary.
  • Microcomputers are available for purchase at discount prices to staff, faculty and students, including Radio Shack’s “Tandy 1000” for $1,499 and “IBM AT Enhanced” for $8,318. Printers are available for $460.
  • Author Margaret Atwood receives an honorary degree.


  • The first Internet domain name is registered.
  • The wreck of RMS Titanic is found off the coast of Newfoundland.
  • The first cellphone call is made in Canada between Toronto mayor Art Eggleton and Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau.
  • Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, hits movie screens and is the highest-grossing film of the year.

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