List of Odyssey Mayors
This is a list of people who have served as mayor of Odyssey. Note that all these characters are right-handed, as city ordinance prohibits any left-handed individual from serving as mayor of Odyssey.
|Horace McAlister||Before 1794 or after 1862||#92: “The Ill-Gotten Deed”|
|Abel McAlister||Circa 1794||#539: “Called On in Class”|
|Terrence Howard||1800s||"Old-Town Odyssey" Clubhouse serial|
|Mayor Wells||Circa 1909||#631: “A Capsule Comes to Town”|
|Charles Donigol||Circa 1942||#631: “A Capsule Comes to Town”|
|Mayor Perkins||Circa 1988||#10: “Nothing to Fear”|
|Bill Jenkins||Unknown - 1992||#214: “The Living Nativity”|
|Curt Stevens||May 11, 1991||#153: “Mayor for a Day”|
|Tom Riley||1992 - 1997||#286: “Tom for Mayor, Part 1”|
|Margaret Faye||1997 - 2009||#380: “The One About Trust, Part 1”|
|Spencer Hicks||2010 - Present||#667: “The Mystery of the Clock Tower, Part 1”|
In the episode, #636: “A Class Reenactment”, it is revealed that Horace McAlister was the founder, and probably the first mayor of Odyssey, and lived on a homestead. However, in #633: “License to Deprive”, it is revealed that oldest house in Odyssey, the McAlister House, was built in 1794, almost 70 years before the Homestead act was signed in 1862. Furthermore, Abel McAlister lived through a flood that destroyed the entire town of Odyssey (#539: “Called On in Class”) which means that the oldest house in Odyssey (the McAlister House) built in 1794 and is still standing, must have been built after that flood. That means that Horace McAlister must have been mayor prior to 1794.
Abel McAlister (related to Horace and the other McAlisters) was a mayor of Odyssey. In #539: “Called On in Class”, it is mentioned that a flood "completely wiped out the town". This means that Odyssey had to rebuild sometime after. #633: “License to Deprive” states that the oldest house in Odyssey still standing was built in 1794. Since Abel served after the flood, his term must have been in the late 18th century.
The only reference of Mayor Terrence Howard occurred in a Clubhouse Magazine story for Adventures in Odyssey`s 20th anniversary. The exact dates of his term in office are unknown, though it is known it was in the 1800s, when Odyssey had no more than a couple hundred residents. Mayor Howard's vision for his town was to make Odyssey "the envy of the world" by building gambling casinos, and he would go to great lengths to enact his plan. He even tried to frame and arrest a local pastor that opposed his views. Part of the story is on page 268 of The Official Guide.
According to Eugene's research in #631: “A Capsule Comes to Town”, Charles Donigol served Odyssey during WWII, which lasted from 1939 to 1945. In 1942, when the Unites States joined the war, the town Ladies' Auxiliary built a shelter in the municipal park, and Donigol decided to move the town's time capsule (which was buried there) to the basement of the Fillmore Recreation Center.
Mayor Perkins was the first mayor of Odyssey mentioned Adventures in Odyssey. In #10: “Nothing to Fear”, John Whittaker mentions that "Mayor Perkins was out of town" so he could not attend a meeting at city hall. The episode was broadcast in 1988.
Bill Jenkins is the first mayor of Odyssey to be widely proclaimed as the mayor of Odyssey. He first appears in #214: “The Living Nativity”, after a Nativity scene is challenged by the Rathbones. Jenkins resigns in #286: “Tom for Mayor, Part 1” for unknown reasons, which prompts Tom Riley to run for office.
Tom Riley is convinced to run for mayor in #286: “Tom for Mayor, Part 1”. He wins the election against opponent Bart Rathbone. Riley is mentioned many times afterword as being the mayor, most importantly during the Blackgaard saga, where his position is challenged by a scandal during his campaign.
Tom served from 1992 - 1997, based on broadcast time.
Faye served from 1997 - 2009.
Spencer Hicks is the current mayor of Odyssey. However, his election was never talked about, he is just mentioned as mayor in #667: “The Mystery of the Clock Tower, Part 1”, aired in 2010 and #818 – #819: “Swept Away” which is a two-part Adventures in Odyssey Club exclusive released in 2017.
Bart Rathbone runs against both Tom Riley and Margaret Faye, unsuccessfully.