A Look Back, Part 1

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#435: “A Look Back, Part 1”
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Psalm 103:2
2Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--

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A Look Back, Part 1
“A Look Back, Part 1” is episode #435 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on December 18, 1999.


Phil Lollar hosts a 'look back' on the first 12 years of Adventures in Odyssey, including clips and anecdotes from the series.


These two episodes look back at the past thirteen years of AIO broadcasts, hosted by Phil Lollar. The first program begins with the many people who have rung the doorbell at Whit's End, to the various characters in Odyssey, the program has always been about people. On the top of the list is John Avery Whittaker, who has embodied the Apostle Paul's "every man" by being a businessman, writer, inventor, and most of all, a man of God.

Other characters mentioned are Tom Riley, Connie Kendall, Eugene Meltsner, and Bernard Walton. The last few minutes of the first program are a game. Here are the voices that were heard, in order of appearance: Doris Rathbone, Jimmy Barclay, Uncle Joe Finneman, Robyn Jacobs, Rodney Rathbone, Bart Rathbone, George Barclay, Erica Clark, Melanie Jacobs, Traci Needlemeyer, Donna Barclay, Mary Barclay, Harlow Doyle, Sam Johnson, Walter Shakespeare, Edwin Blackgaard, Lawrence Hodges, Isaac Morton, Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, Charles Thompson, Fred Holstein, Katrina Shanks-Meltsner, Jack Allen, Philip Glossman, Richard Maxwell, Dr. Regis Blackgaard, Tasha Forbes, Jason Whittaker, Cyrin' Bryan Dern, and of course, Dr. James Dobson.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is your favorite AIO episode?
  2. Who's your favorite character?


All characters and mentions are in flashback.

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Phil Lollar Phil Lollar
John Whittaker Hal Smith
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns
Doris Rathbone Pamela Hayden
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden
Jack Allen Alan Young
Jason Whittaker Townsend Coleman
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
Donna Barclay Azure Janosky
Mary Barclay Carol Bilger
Lawrence Hodges Gabriel Encarnacion
Regis Blackgaard Earl Boen
Edwin Blackgaard Earl Boen
Walter Shakespeare Corey Burton
Bryan Dern Corey Burton
Philip Glossman Paul McCusker
Richard Maxwell Nathan Carlson
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Erica Clark Erin Love
Tasha Forbes Christie Nimitz
Robyn Jacobs Sage Bolte
Melanie Jacobs Erin Bolte
Sam Johnson Kyle Ellison‎
Isaac Morton Justin Morgan
Charles Thompson Mark Shillinger
Joe Finneman Parley Baer
Fred Holstein Kenneth Mars
Traci Needlemeyer Brooke Bellessi
James Dobson James Dobson
Curt Stevens Fabio Stephens
Kent Wakefield Bill Pomeroy
Jared DeWhite Brandon Gilberstadt

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Inspector Roberto Cordova John Whittaker
Maria Mendosa John Whittaker
Dan Isidro John Whittaker
Timothy Riley Tom Riley
Esther Langford Eugene Meltsner
Emily Allen Jack Allen
Chris Phil Lollar


  • Phil Lollar replaces Chris as the host of this episode, marking one of the very few times that Chris has not been heard in an episode (though Chris is mentioned in the closing wrap).
  • This episode says that Connie was Whit's first employee at Whit's End. However, it was established in #293: “A Code of Honor” and Book 1: Strange Journey Back that Emma Douglas worked at Whit's End long before Connie did.
    • Emma Douglas wasn't the only one to work at Whit's End before Connie, in the early episodes before Connie even comes, Whit has a fellow by the name of Jimmy working for him.
  • Kurt Bruner is not listed among the executive producers mentioned in the otherwise exhaustive ending credits for the run of the show up to the time of this episode's broadcast.



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