Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times. Originally published around February of 2002.
The famed writer and producer of such shows as “Hummingbird Lane” and “Two Guys, a Dog, and a Truck” will be joining the staff at Novacom Broadcasting next week. Novacom announced at a press conference yesterday that Mario Plitzo would start writing and producing shows for the company.
Arthur Dent, a Novacom representative, called Plitzo “just the kind of creative personality that we at Novacom want to employ.” Dent further explained that Plitzo would be producing three yet-to-be announced shows on Novacom’s spring line-up.
Plitzo’s name raised a few eyebrows among parents in Odyssey since some of his past shows have dealt with more mature comedy and have been at the center of controversy due to their content. Dent declined comment about Plitzo’s past shows, but said that his shows for Novacom, like all of the company’s programming, would be “closely monitored by a panel of viewers, including parents.”
Organizers Connie Kendall and Tom Riley are announcing that the recent Timothy Center fund-raiser has been a success. “We raised more money than I ever thought we could; I’ve been praying for something like this,” says Kendall. The event was planned to help the struggling Timothy Center through some difficult financial times.
The fundraiser consisted of two nights of singing, entertainment, and speaking. Ben Shepard led the worship. “The Timothy Center really touches the lives of kids and adults,” says Shepard. “I should know…I live here.” Speakers included Jack Allen, John Avery Whittaker, and his son Jason, a missionary who recently returned from Africa.
Ben’s daughter Bethany spent much of her time each evening insisting that the attendees re-use their plastic silverware, plates, and cups. “We have to save money in any way we can,” she said. “In fact, I’ve decided not to turn my nightlight on at night, just to save on electricity.”
The fund-raiser hasn’t been the only source of financial help for the Timothy Center. Novacom, a broadcasting and media company, recently leased a piece of property from Tom Riley, the owner of the Timothy Center. “The offer couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Riley. Arthur Dent, a representative of Novacom, expressed great interest in investing in Odyssey. “We’re very excited about our work in this town. We want to do everything we can to make it a better place, including helping great places like the Timothy Center,” he says.