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#103: “Front Page News”
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Acts 5:1-11
1Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.2With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet.3Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?4Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God."5When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.6Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.7About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.8Peter asked her, "Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?" "Yes," she said, "that is the price."9Peter said to her, "How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also."10At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.11Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

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Front Page News
“Front Page News” is episode #103 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on February 10, 1990.

Summary

In an attempt to get out of gym class, Curt Stevens and Oscar Peterson join The Odyssey Owl, but their lack of experience causes problems.

Plot

Curt Stevens and Oscar Peterson are running laps in gym class, and Curt is sick of it. So much so, he'll do anything to get out of it. When he and Oscar find out that Lucy Cunningham-Schultz is working on The Odyssey Owl school newspaper, which meets during gym class, Curt decides that he and Oscar will become ace reporters — despite the fact that neither one of them has any experience or writing talent.

Miss Medloff, publisher and editor of the Owl, is skeptical of the boys' sincerity but agrees to give them a chance. Their first assignment? To interview their former P. E. teacher, Coach Joe Stubbs. Stubbs just won an award for catching kids who try to get out of gym class. Curt and Oscar do the interview. But after they talk to the coach, they discover that their tape recorder wasn't working — it didn't tape anything Mr. Stubbs said. So they make up the interview.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Medloff doesn't share their enthusiasm for fictional news stories. The boys quickly find themselves back out on the track running laps, having learned a valuable lesson about why it's wrong to lie to get out of work. Or at least, Oscar has learned a lesson...

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Discussion Questions

  1. Oscar went along with Curt’s idea even though it was wrong. Have you ever done that?
    • What happened?
  2. Want is the best way to stand up for the right thing?
  3. Have you ever experienced peer pressure?
    • Have you ever been the one to pressure someone else?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Curt Stevens Fabio Stephens
Coach Joe Stubbs Greg Berg
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Miss Medloff Terey Summers
Oscar Peterson Joseph Cammaroto
Phil Phil Lollar

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Mr. Peterson Oscar Peterson
Robyn Jacobs Curt Stevens
Frank Stevens Miss Medloff

Notes

VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode begins with Chris commenting on the rainy day and that she will begin house-cleaning. A voice (named “Phil”) ominously suggests that she clean the hall closet. Chris gives excuses, but eventually opens the closet and is buried under the rubble.

Trivia
  • This episode introduces the scheming Curt Stevens.
  • Coach Stubbs refers to Curt and Oscar as "the Woodstein and Bernard of the next generation", a reference to the journalists Woodward and Bernstein who were made famous by their investigations into the Watergate break-in in the '70s.
    • Curt later butchers the names even further, calling them "Woodburn and Steinway."
  • "Acme" was likely a reference to the company in Looney Toons.

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Quotes

Curt Stevens: Where would any of the great writers be if someone didn't let them work on their school newspapers? Charles Dickenson would have never written classics like 'David Coppertoe' or 'Oliver Twister'! William Shakespeare couldn't have penned those immortal words, "To be, or not to be" or "Romeo, Romeo, let down your hair."
Oscar Peterson: That was Rapunzel!

Oscar Peterson: Or the time you told him you had a rare tropical disease?
Curt Stevens: I should have used a different colored magic marker.

Curt Stevens: You remember that award-winning article in the Odyssey Times about the embezzling at the Acme Corporation?
Miss Medloff: Yes. You mean you...
Curt Stevens: That's right! I read it.

Coach Joe Stubbs: All right you bunch of gumdrops, two more laps and in ya go! Curt, Oscar - put a little effort into it, will ya?
Curt Stevens: We're coming!
Coach Joe Stubbs: Yeah, so's Christmas, but I don't have that long!

Curt Stevens: They make us run around and around on this track, and for what? We're not learning anything!
Oscar Peterson: My dad says it's preparing us for life in the real world.
Curt Stevens: Running around in circles?
Oscar Peterson: Yeah. That's what he says he does every day at work.

Curt Stevens: Come on, Mrs. Medlock! Give us a chance! Where would any of the great writers be if someone didn't let them work on their school newspapers? Samuel Clemens would have never met Mark Twain! Charles Dicksonson would have never written classics like David Coppertone or Oliver Twister! William Shakespeare couldn't have penned those immortal words: "To be, or not to be! Wherefore art thou?" Or, "Romeo, Romeo, let down your hair!"