The Odyssey Times Vol 1, Issue 7

Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times.

Originally published on the website around February of 2001.

Welcome Back, Jason!
Jason Whittaker returns home after Missions Work

Jason Whittaker will be arriving back in town this weekend, after an extensive trip through Asia and Africa. Formerly a government employee, Jason felt the call to missionary work a couple years ago. He is working with the Universal Press Foundation, which was founded by his father John Avery Whittaker. Whit told us, “Jason has been meeting with different leaders, both in tribal and metro areas, to plan outreaches through local radio programs. Our goal is to broadcast Christian radio programs in the languages of the people. Last time I spoke with Jason he felt the meetings were going very well, but he’s anxious to come home for a little while.”

Apparently, others in Odyssey are excited about his return as well. Connie Kendall is planning a Welcome Home Bash for the evening of his arrival. “Everyone’s invited,” said Miss Kendall. “Just bring your favorite international food-like french fries, English muffins or German chocolate cake.”

Jason will be sharing a presentation about his missionary journeys later this month in the Little Theatre at Whit’s End.

Local Internet guru strikes it big

by Jerry Phillips
Times Staff Writer


Joseph Graham’s brainchild, Facts Buffet.com, has recently become one of the most popular and profitable sites on the Internet.

The website is a massive array of information about topics from Afghanistan to zebras. Graham founded the site late last year after a suggestion from his son, Nathaniel. “He kept telling me that there were no Internet sites out there with adequate information about those unique subjects,” Graham recalls. “I had no idea that there were that many people interested in subjects like the tsetse fly.”

Graham admits that the success of his Internet venture has changed his family life. “It was amazing that we suddenly seemed to start getting calls from all these people I never knew before,” says Graham. To date, he has gotten more than a dozen calls from supposed long-lost relatives.

The Grahams have lived in Odyssey for five years and currently reside at 376 Winchester Court.

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