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"Indiana Jones Mystery Package" mailed to University of Chicago

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The University of Chicago admissions got some mail for Henry Walton Jones, Jr. this week. Clever marketing? Cute prank? Impending Kingdom of the Crystal Skull II announcement?

http://uchicagoadmissions.tumblr.com/post/37809971913/indiana-jones-mystery-package-we-dont-really

Indiana Jones Mystery Package

We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member— we get the wrong mail a lot.

Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.

What we know: The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.

What we don’t know: Why this came to us. The package does not actually have real stamps on it— the outside of the package was crinkly and dirty as if it came through the mail, but the stamps themselves are pasted on and look like they have been photocopied. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall, which has a distinctly different address from any other buildings where it might be appropriate to send it (Haskell Hall or the Oriental Institute Museum). However, although now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall used to be the home to our departments of geology and geography.

If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome? If you’re a member of the University community and this belongs to you or you’ve gotten one like it before, PLEASE tell us how you acquired it, and whether or not yours came with a description— or if we’re making a big deal out of the fact that you accidentally slipped a gift for a friend in to the inter-university mail system. If you are an Indiana Jones enthusiast and have any idea who may have sent this to us or who made it, let us know that, too.

We know this sounds like a joke/hoax… it’s not (at least, from our end). Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated. We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.
Internet: help us out. If you’re on Reddit (we’re not) or any other nerdly social media sites where we might get information about this, feel free to post far and wide and e-mail any answers, clues, ideas, thoughts, or musings to indianajonesjournal@uchicago.edu (yes, we did set up an email account just to deal with this thing).
Rip still-beating heart out of chest if old.
 

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When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.
They named the dog Indiana.
 

ChiTownBuffalo

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No time for love Dr. Jones.
 

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Yeah, this is awesome on a bunch of levels. So wish I'd get a package like that one. (Huge Indy fan here!) It sounds like who ever sent it is a true fan that knows a lot about Indy's background, such as his full name, that he went to U. of Chicago, etc. Very cool.
 

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I begrudgingly sat through one terrible Indiana movie with Shia LaBeouf, if they make another I will not be back. If he is out, I just might give it a shot.
 

Mudkips

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It's probably viral marketing for the 5th movie.
Yup.
In his next adventure, Dr. Jones must teach an unruly group of coeds the importance of archeology in order to save the department and secure his tenure.
 

Fenderputty

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With the exception of a couple really rediculous scences,
The fridge? Really?
I actually enjoyed 4 for the most part. It was my least favorite of the series, but not bad enough to make me shy away from a 5th. This would be cool marketing if it is another movie.
 

FlashbladeGAF

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I begrudgingly sat through one terrible Indiana movie with Shia LaBeouf, if they make another I will not be back. If he is out, I just might give it a shot.
Shia wasn't the problem..


He didn't say.."you know what would be great?... If you let me swing around with some monkeys that have my same hairstyle."
 

Izick

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Temple of Dooms is one of the best movies of all time though. Oh wait you're part of the internet so you have to hate it.
 

Combichristoffersen

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Short Round really grates on rewatches.
Nah, Short Round is one of the two good things about an otherwise blah movie.

this will be a stealth Crystal Skull sucks thread huh?

Raiders > Last Crusade > Crystal Skull > Temple of Doom

come at me.
I can't decide between Raiders and Crusade, but I fully agree that Crystal Skull was better than Temple.
 

Fenderputty

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Two had that bug scence that probably creeped me out more than any of the movies though. I wdon't think any of them are bad. Though obviously 1 & 3 are the best.
 

Izick

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You guys gotta be fucking kidding me. Are you going to tell me Jedi is bad now because of the Ewoks? Because you don't like one small character or facet of a movie, it throws the rest of it out entirely? Come on.
 

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You guys gotta be fucking kidding me. Are you going to tell me Jedi is bad now because of the Ewoks? Because you don't like one small character or facet of a movie, it throws the rest of it out entirely? Come on.
Yep, I agree. Short Round is a way better sidekick than Shia. Mutt? Really? Ugh.
The intention was to recreate a 50's sci-fi movie (nukes, giant ants, aliens) like how the first ones were a spin on 1930's pulp adventure novels. What did Shia do that was so horrible in Crystal Skull?

Aliens are no less believable to me then pulling a mans heart out of his chest, drinking from the cup of Christ or opening the ark of the covenant.
 

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The intention was to recreate a 50's sci-fi movie (nukes, giant ants, aliens) like how the first ones were a spin on 1930's pulp adventure novels. What did Shia do that was so horrible in Crystal Skull?

Aliens are no less believable to me then pulling a mans heart out of his chest, drinking from the cup of Christ or opening the ark of the covenant.
And that's my problem. I don't watch Indiana Jones to watch a spoof of 1950s science fiction films. I watch Indiana Jones because it's an adventure series. I'm more interested in historical and or religious artifacts. Magic. Spiritual stones. Holy cups. Not crystal alien skulls.

Also, the writing was terrible. TERRIBLE. How many times was it revealed that the skulls were ALIENS! before we understood it? I remember at least three reveals. Of the same information!
 

Fenderputty

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The intention was to recreate a 50's sci-fi movie (nukes, giant ants, aliens) like how the first ones were a spin on 1930's pulp adventure novels. What did Shia do that was so horrible in Crystal Skull?

Aliens are no less believable to me then pulling a mans heart out of his chest, drinking from the cup of Christ or opening the ark of the covenant.
This is more or less why I liked Crystal Skull.
 
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