Monday, October 23, 2006

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Those fools.... those tenured, bureaucratic fools

I see that Harrison Ford says he's fit enough to play Indiana Jones in a fourth movie.

This leads to an interesting question... where shall we find the mature Dr. Jones? As Andy Bryan discovers in McSweeney's, Indy's antics don't play so well with the straightlaced academic crown of archaeologists:

January 22, 1939

Assistant Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr.
Department of Anthropology
Chapman Hall 227B
Marshall College

Dr. Jones:

As chairman of the Committee on Promotion and Tenure, I regret to inform you that your recent application for tenure has been denied by a vote of 6 to 1. Following past policies and procedures, proceedings from the committee's deliberations that were pertinent to our decision have been summarized below according to the assessment criteria....

To summarize, the committee fails to recognize any indication that Dr. Jones is even remotely proficient when it comes to archaeological scholarship and practice. His aptitude as an instructor is questionable at best, his conduct while abroad is positively deplorable, and his behavior on campus is minimally better. Marshall College has a reputation to uphold. I need not say more.

My apologies,

Prof. G.L. Stevens

You'll have to click on the link to see the case against Dr. Jones in full.

posted by Dan on 10.23.06 at 12:51 PM



You should know better than this. I thought Indiana was from the U.of C. At least that's where the class scenes were filmed.

posted by: cg on 10.23.06 at 12:51 PM [permalink]

Actually, Indy studied archaeology at the University of Chicago under Professor Abner Ravenwood, father of Marion (played by Karen Allen), his love interest in the first movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The scenes of Indy studying at UofC were actually filmed at Duke. Indy left UofC soon after getting his Ph.D., having dumped Marion.

Ravenwood is thought to be James Henry Breasted, the first director of the Oriental Institute at UofC.

A few people are thought to possibly have been the inspiration for Indy. I would like to think it was Robert John Braidwood. I think Braidwood had a wonderful death - if there can be such a thing. He married Linda in 1937. They worked together all their lives - both at UofC and in the field, primarily in the "Fertile Crescent". They had a family and many devoted friends and students. All in all, they had long, productive, fruitful lives. Both Linda and Robert were hospitalized at the UofC hospital in early January 2003. in the early morning of January 15, 2003, Bob passed away, at the age of 95. In the evening of January 15, a few hours after her husband passed away, Linda died, at the age of 93.

posted by: Martin on 10.23.06 at 12:51 PM [permalink]

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