Nightly News | August 18, 2013
>>> it's a timeless summer ritual, perhaps you were one of those kids who put a message in a bolt, 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 bolts, actually a jar, washed up during hurricane sandy, half a century after a young boy tossed it in the ocean, nbc's michelle franzen with what happened next.
>> reporter: dennis combza waited nearly a lifetime to see this may san jar again and the note tucked inside.
>> 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 .
>> 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: 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 super storm 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 odd very 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.