"Package for Dr. Jones"

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This brief piece was in yesterday's local newspaper ...

Package arrives for Indiana Jones
University of Chicago officials are puzzled by a mystery piece of mail seemingly linked to the Indiana Jones movie series.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the University's Admissions Department received a package last week addressed to Henry Walton Jones Jr. That's the main character's name in the popular film franchise that began in the 1980s.

The package contained a replica of the journal from the Raiders of the Lost Ark film - and no explanation.

University officials turned to Tumblr for answers. Admissions Counsellor Grace Chapin says one theory is that it's an "alternate reality" game where players plant clues for others.

Officials with LucasFilm, the studio that made the movies, say they weren't responsible for the package.

University officials say they haven't decided what to do with the journal.

I wonder if it's really just a copy of the "journal" book that was printed a couple of years ago by Pocket Books / Lucas Books, and some nice (but rather dim) person found it and, thinking it was real, is simply trying to return it to the "rightful owner". If the sticker is missing from the back cover, then there's none of the usual commercial publisher copyright information and it does look like a real journal ... sort of.