Raiders of the Lost Package Attempt to Solve Mystery at U. of Chicago
Perhaps Spielberg wasn’t so far off. After all, if you were Abner Ravenwood, trying to get your research into the hands of Indiana Jones, then sending it to the University of Chicago’s “Henry Walton Jones Jr.” is probably your best shot.
Student workers at the University of Chicago’s mailroom didn’t recognize the name at first, but when they figured out that the package was intended for the university’s most famous fictional professor, they opened it up to see what was inside.
The answer: a treasure trove.
The package contained a very detailed handmade replica of Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The U. of C.’s Tumblr reports, “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.”