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.


Take a peek back into the first 13 years of Adventures in Odyssey with co-creator Phil Lollar, as we remember the characters you love and re-live the most memorable Odyssey scenes.


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

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Jenny Whittaker John Whittaker
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).



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