WBEZ | package http://www.wbez.org/tags/package Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en You've got mail, Dr. Jones http://www.wbez.org/news/youve-got-mail-dr-jones-104370 <p><p>UPDATE: 12/17/2012 - <a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/post/38163049522/uchicagoadmissions-mischief-managed-for-those">The mystery has been solved</a>!</p><p><img align="middle" class="alwaysThinglink" src="http://s4.thingpic.com/images/Qe/QutL8eUbtxvzPieTeAK8UiZT.jpeg#tl-335870279513276416;626328886" style="width: 600px;" title="" /><script async charset="utf-8" src="//cdn.thinglink.me/jse/embed.js"></script><br /><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Hover over the picture for fun facts about the mystery package (Tumblr/University of Chicago Admissions)</em></span></p><p>When a crinkly manila envelope addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr. arrived at the University of Chicago&#39;s admissions office few days ago, no one paid much mind.</p><p>It&#39;s prime time for them: college hopefuls will find out their admission statuses next week. And busy times mean lots of mail.</p><p>&quot;We get the wrong mail a lot and so we thought it was just something meant for a professor,&quot; said Senior Admissions Counselor at University of Chicago Grace Chapin. &quot;But when one of our student [workers] looked up the name, he just came back and laughed at us and said, &#39;You know this is Indiana Jones, right?&#39;&quot;</p><p>The office often gets art and research projects that students send as part of their application. Garrett Brinker, Director of Undergraduate Outreach (and a <a href="http://uchicagoadmissions.tumblr.com/post/36733584282/see-there-is-a-benefit-to-reading-all-the-way-to" target="_blank">Jedi Knight</a>), said it was their first thought, but it seems this is a well-done replica of a real movie prop.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re baffled by how much work has gone into this,&quot; Chapin said.</p><p>Brinker said they determined the package was dropped into a mail bin on campus. Further research turned up an e-Bay listing of another prop replica similar to this one, but there are key differences from the one they got.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s clearly trying to attempt to be this journal from &#39;Raiders of the Lost Ark&#39;,&quot; Chapin said.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tumblr_mevtbcBvWC1r0p8d9o2_1280.jpg" style="height: 300px; float: left; width: 300px;" title="(Courtesy of University of Chicago Admissions)" />And someone put a lot of work into it. The package included a teal, bound journal belonging to Abner Ravenwood (though the handwriting inside isn&#39;t real), copies of Pan Am tickets, pictures, fake money, maps and fake stamps from Egypt on the envelope. And there&#39;s no return address.</div><p>Chapin said she has no idea why someone would send this.</p><p>One connection, she said, is that Indiana Jones mythology has him <a href="http://indianajones.wikia.com/wiki/University_of_Chicago" target="_blank">attending the University of Chicago </a>(and his roommates were Eliot Ness and Jack Shannon). That was where Jones studied under Ravenwood, before their work was strained by romantic liasons between Jones and Ravenwood&#39;s daughter Marion. Ravenwood was fired by the university over his obsession with the Ark of the Covenant.</p><p>Chapin also said the building that houses admissions and the economics department used to be the geography and geology building.</p><p>&quot;There are stone carvings that say &quot;Dig and discover,&quot; so it&#39;s possible someone latched on to the fact that this building used to be that kind of purpose and theorized that he may have worked here,&quot; she said.</p><p>Admissions hopes the Internet can come to their rescue with an answer, posting to its <a href="http://uchicagoadmissions.tumblr.com/post/37809971913/indiana-jones-mystery-package-we-dont-really" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> about the mysterious package. There&#39;s also an email address, in case anyone has tips or theories: <a href="mailto:indianajonesjournal@uchicago.edu?subject=Indiana%20Jones%20Journal">indianajonesjournal@uchicago.edu</a></p><p>If it is a student project, Brinker said it would be a &quot;wonderful way to have a little fun with the [admissions] process.&quot;</p><p>Although, he added, there&#39;s no need for every prospective student to send one.</p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/youve-got-mail-dr-jones-104370