In 1987 James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family came up with the idea of a radio drama. It was to provide a unique way to minister and reach people about issues concerning the family.
That drama eventually became Adventures in Odyssey and has been on the air for 25 years.
Radio drama was something Nathan was familiar with as he grew up listening to Children's Bible Hour with Uncle Charlie.
Nathan and I were dating when he started listening to Odyssey. The first epidsode I heard, involved a character on the show becoming a Christian. I didn't know the back story, had no idea who these characters were, but the writing and acting were so well done, I cried.
In 2007 we took a trip to Colorado Springs. This was for Odyssey's 20th Anniversary.
The kids were ages three and two and it was our first time away from them. We drove 10 hours to Nathan's parents house in Tennesse to drop them off. then we drove another three hours to Nashville, and caught a plane to Denver.
|Waiting outside the Focus chapel for the doors to open. Nathan looking at our newly purchased complete guide to AIO.|
|Paul Mckusker is a writer and director of the show. His talent is tremendous and goes beyond Odyssey. He wrote and produced a radio drama for all the Chronicles of Narnia. His work is the best there is in the business.|
|David Griffin plays a character called Jimmy Barclay, one of my favorite. He started when he was 10 and played the character into his teen years.|
Alan Young did not make it to the anniversary show, but he played a character called Jack Allen. Alan Young is Wilbur from Mr. Ed and also voiced Scrooge Mcduck.
|Genesis and David Long. These two were kids on the show and later got married in real life. They have kids the same age as ours.|
The target age for Odyssey is 8 to 12 years old. Of course with parents who are avid listeners our kids were hearing episodes as infants and toddlers and probably would not be able to tell you when they first heard it. They are now big fans.
Elliot is often found with one of our ipods in his hands walking around the house listening to an episode.
When we heard Odyssey was doing a 25th anniversary show in Dallas, we knew it couldn't just be the parents going this time. We had frequent flyer miles, it was summer, we had relatives living in Texas. All good reasons to say yes to the trip.
This is Chris Anthony she introduces the episodes of Odyssey. She has also been the voice of Barbie.
|Jesse Flora he works for Focus and is involved behind the scenes.|
|Brock Eastman works for Focus, he does media for AIO and is also a writer. He took time to talk to us and gave us an autograph poster featuring one of his books.|
|The host of the birthday bash was Irving Bible Church.|
Inside the church is this playground called the tubes. It is open daily from 9-10pm.
|A giant birthday card. Jane's signature including her Chinese name.|
|Brock took the photo of us next to the cutouts of the characters.|
Visiting family and getting to see Odyssey up close made a perfect combination for a vacation.