A mysterious package arrives at the admissions office of the University of Chicago. Inside the envelope, which bears unusual stamps and markings, is a dusty journal full of weathered pages. The mailing address on the outer envelope is addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr. If that name sounds unfamiliar to you, you’ll know his nickname: Indiana Jones. That’s right, someone sent a replica of Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark journal to the University of Chicago.
“We gave it to a student worker, and the kid came back laughing once he Googled it,” said University of Chicago admissions counselor Grace Chapin. “Some of us are in a haze with finals, you know, so he said it was Indiana Jones’ name. Then we opened it, and it was very bizarre. There was no explanation as to why it was with us, so we talked about it and decided to put it online.”
The contents of the journal are impressive. Calligraphy, handwriting, weathered phony money from exotic lands, pictures of Marion Ravenwood, and various other fun nods to Indiana Jones are contained within the notebook. Chapin is unsure whether or not it was a replica being sent to a student that fell out of its master packaging, a prank, an art project, or some other innocent fun thing, but it’s clear that the Indy journal has brought more joy to fans than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ever could.
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