U of Chicago Unwraps "Indiana Jones" Mystery

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The mystery of “The Raiders of the Lost Ark” and the University of Chicago admissions office has been solved.

Last Wednesday, a crinkled package showed up in the university’s mailroom addressed to Henry Walton Jones Jr. After a futile search for the faculty member, a student worker made the connection: it was Indiana Jones.

The envelope contained a detailed journal of Prof. Abner Ravenwood, Indy’s mentor, along with photographs, currency and maps — all fictional, of course.

The stamps on the envelope were fake, so it must have been dropped off. Was an applicant trying to impress the admissions office? The university, after all, is known for its creatively offbeat essay prompts.

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