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The University of Chicago got a package delivered for Indiana Jones

Dec. 13, 2012by: Alex Maidy

So, either this is a very elaborate marketing ploy or someone has a lot of free time on their hands. Either way, this is pretty damn cool.

The University of Chicago received a very elaborate package addressed to Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. or as many of you may know him, Indiana Jones. BadAss Digest shared the story which the university also posted to their Tumblr page. There is no return address nor any indication who sent the package to the school. Whoever it was has an eye for detail as the images below attest. This is a meticulously crafted ode to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the other George Lucas/Steven Spielberg films.

The University of Chicago was where Ravenwood was tenured and where he mentored Jones. Why this was sent now and not closer to the release of anything related to the Indiana Jones franchise is a mystery.

From the University of Chicago Tumblr: 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.

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.

The school is looking to find out who sent the package, so if you have any idea, email them at indianajonesjournal@uchicago.edu.

Part of me is crossing my fingers that this is some sort of warm up for INDIANA JONES 5, minus any lead-lined refrigerators.

Extra Tidbit: How cool is this?
Source: BadAss DigestTumblr

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8:29PM on 12/16/2012
pretty sweet! If it does turn out to be a teaser for Indy 5 I would assume Marion is in the movie, because her pictures are included in the package. Maybe it's just someone's really elaborate resume for a job.
pretty sweet! If it does turn out to be a teaser for Indy 5 I would assume Marion is in the movie, because her pictures are included in the package. Maybe it's just someone's really elaborate resume for a job.
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1:39PM on 12/14/2012
really sweet, sugar and spice
really sweet, sugar and spice
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6:05AM on 12/14/2012

I'm inclined to think...

this is a marketing move by producers... or directors... or the more improbable Abner Ravenwood. This does have me thinking Indiana Jones 5 is on the horizon.

To the idea of the marketing ploy itself, I give them a thumbs up.... To the idea of there actually being an Indy 5, I give a thumbs down, unless they can manage to make it about a search for an artifact that allowed it's possessor the ability to erase the events of Indy 4.
this is a marketing move by producers... or directors... or the more improbable Abner Ravenwood. This does have me thinking Indiana Jones 5 is on the horizon.

To the idea of the marketing ploy itself, I give them a thumbs up.... To the idea of there actually being an Indy 5, I give a thumbs down, unless they can manage to make it about a search for an artifact that allowed it's possessor the ability to erase the events of Indy 4.
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3:33AM on 12/14/2012

There's only one explanation...

Christopher Nolan is directing the new Indiana Jones movie.
You've heard it hear.
More viral marketing to come.
(In fact, could be JJ Abrams as well...)
Christopher Nolan is directing the new Indiana Jones movie.
You've heard it hear.
More viral marketing to come.
(In fact, could be JJ Abrams as well...)
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9:29PM on 12/13/2012
There was an "Indiana Jones diary" published, called "The Lost Diary of Indiana Jones" which this looks a lot like, except the commercially available one was a lot less detailed. It did feature the same handwriting, so I'm thinking the one received by the University of Chicago is related. Here it is on Amazon: [link] A very fun book to leaf through.
There was an "Indiana Jones diary" published, called "The Lost Diary of Indiana Jones" which this looks a lot like, except the commercially available one was a lot less detailed. It did feature the same handwriting, so I'm thinking the one received by the University of Chicago is related. Here it is on Amazon: [link] A very fun book to leaf through.
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8:25PM on 12/13/2012
This is a genuine hobby for a group of people, in particular Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters (check out the incredibly accurate "Go Bag" from The Bourne Identity he recreated. These guys collect the stuff and trade amongst themselves to make the perfect replicas. I tried my hand at it and and built a Captain America shield, complete with WWII shipping crate from Stark Industries. There are some fun projects out there.
This is a genuine hobby for a group of people, in particular Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters (check out the incredibly accurate "Go Bag" from The Bourne Identity he recreated. These guys collect the stuff and trade amongst themselves to make the perfect replicas. I tried my hand at it and and built a Captain America shield, complete with WWII shipping crate from Stark Industries. There are some fun projects out there.
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7:38PM on 12/13/2012
It could be that the Indiana Jones exhibit that was in Anaheim in October at the Discovery Science Center will be heading to Chicago as part of a national tour. Unlikely - but just a thought.
It could be that the Indiana Jones exhibit that was in Anaheim in October at the Discovery Science Center will be heading to Chicago as part of a national tour. Unlikely - but just a thought.
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6:02PM on 12/13/2012

Sweet`

Promotional or Fanmade, this looks like an epic collectors piece for fans of the series. I kind of hope we get a followup with an explanation but I also enjoy a good mystery.
Promotional or Fanmade, this looks like an epic collectors piece for fans of the series. I kind of hope we get a followup with an explanation but I also enjoy a good mystery.
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6:01PM on 12/13/2012
Interesting details. In the second photo, behind the book in the upper left hand quadrant, there's a photograph of what I think is the chapel in Axum, Ethiopia which claims to house the real Ark of the Covenant.
Interesting details. In the second photo, behind the book in the upper left hand quadrant, there's a photograph of what I think is the chapel in Axum, Ethiopia which claims to house the real Ark of the Covenant.
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6:14PM on 12/14/2012
Good catch, I think your right.
Good catch, I think your right.
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