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How to Get into College, Indiana Jones Edition

December 17, 2012 | by

When the University of Chicago admissions committee received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.,” they were confused; there is no one by that name on the faculty. Then the penny dropped: the package was for fictional alum Indiana Jones, often said to be based on one of two U of C professors, Robert Braidwood and James Henry Breasted. The package was revealed to contain a detailed replica of Professor Abner Ravenwood’s journal, as seen in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. The admissions committee has put out a call for the identity of the sender. “If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it?” And, most importantly, “Why so awesome?”



  1. CDarcy | December 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

    All that attention to detail and s/he still misspelled “Illinois.”

  2. Patrycja | December 17, 2012 at 11:36 am

  3. Nancy Dzina | December 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    looks like the work of a philatelist

  4. Ben Skeen | December 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    My thoughts exactly, Ms. Dzina. The first thing I noticed were the old school Egyptian postage stamps. The artist’s creation of a personal historical artifact as a piece of art, along with the use of the classic stamp collection postage stamps, is reminiscent of Nick Bantock. I highly doubt that this is his work, but I see his influence on this artist.

  5. B L Clark | December 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    There used to be a website that walked you through how to make your own Last Crusade Diary with screenshots from the film, and some debate as to what order the pages were in, what else was included but not pictured, etc. I remember looking at it sometime around the year 2000 when rumors of the 4th movie were heating up again. Can’t find the site I recall, but here is a recent one:

  6. Tony 'Calligrapher' | December 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    @ CDarcy
    Not so much a miss spelling as a typo. The i and o being beside each other on the Qwerty keyboard.

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