Our family LOOOOOVVVVVEEEEESSSS Adventures in Odyssey!! During breakfast the kids and I listen to it most mornings before we start school. So, I thought this was just too funny and had to pass it along! Enjoy!
Parents around the world have found twenty years of Focus on the Family’s radio drama to be thrilling entertainment – or at least, a welcome distraction on long car rides! And if you’re a Millennial whose parents really loved you, every Christmas brought packages just slightly larger than VHS clamshells, each containing six sparkling new cassette tapes!
But for some of us, Odyssey obsession goes too far. Here’s the definitive, seven-point list for knowing you’ve listened to one too many of the 700 episodes.
1. When the Holy Spirit convicts you, he sounds just like John Avery Whittaker.
Aslan, Neo, and Optimus Prime can all step down. When I look for divine qualities in fictional characters, I turn to the man who, if he was any more holy, could turn water into chocolate sodas. And when God speaks to me, sometimes I’d swear he has a mustache.
2. You think that all of Colorado has one zip code.
Watch, I’m a mind reader. I say, “Colorado Springs, Colorado….” You say? “…80995.” Amazing, huh?
3. You can tell which “Whit” is which.
Speaking of Whit, you’re only a true Odyssey fan if you can instantly tell which of the three voice actors is playing the character in any given episode. You’re really obsessed if you know that the original also played the drunk on Andy Griffith. (Did I ruin anyone’s childhood with that factoid?)
4. You’ve been to Whit’s End.
If you visit Focus on the Family’s headquarters, you’ll find an ice cream shop that, if you sorta squint, could almost pretend to be the real thing. Until they ring up your total. Somehow, Whit never charged for all those sundaes.
5. You know Odyssey’s real location.
Until recently, I didn’t realize how serious a hobby this can be. The Odyssey writers aren’t always real hot on consistency (with 700 episodes, who can blame ‘em?) so diehard online fans run in circles trying to pin down the exact location. And if you can believe a town so near to Chicago also borders a mountain range, I have some oceanfront property in Oklahoma to sell you….
6. You have no idea what your first crush looked like.
Whether it was Connie, Chris, Mandy, or poor Lucy What’s-Her-Name, let’s face it – you would never actually recognize your favorite actress if she walked right by you. (But that voice!)
7. Your kids don’t play “pretend” – they play “Imagination Station.”
It’s the ultimate plot device – a machine that no one understands. So far, we’ve established it can do your homework, take you back in time, resurrect killed-off characters, heal people, and even take you on a personal tour of H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks. Can it also cure Bieber Fever? We can only hope.
Well, that’s my list. But I know there are others here who know their Cunninghams from their Schultzes. What defines a true Adventures in Odyssey lover?
Did you ever listen to Adventures in Odyssey?
Only a true fan of AO would know that the Jess Harnell, voice of Wooton Bassett has been in many of the movies we love such as Finding Nemo and Cars AND he also is the announcer’s voice on America’s Funniest Home Videos!!
No, I didn’t listen to Adventures in Odyssey growing up. We didn’t get many radio stations way out in the country. But I am making up for that now!!
And, we do plan on making a trip to Whit’s End at Focus on the Family. Matt & I have been to Focus, but want to take the kids there, especially because of their love for Adventure in Odyssey.
How about you?