The Odyssey Scoop

Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Clubhouse Magazine site feature called The Odyssey Scoop. Categorized on our site under The Odyssey Times.

To Be Or Not To Be?
by Kathy WierengaEveryone is talking about the upcoming Independence Day Parade in Odyssey. Beginning at the fire station, the route will go around downtown Odyssey, wind through McAllister Park and end at Whit’s End. Organizers expect the largest turnout ever.

The float competition provides one of the highlights of this year’s parade. Top contenders include Eugene Meltsner, Bart Rathbone and Edwin Blackgaard.

Eugene’s float consists of three recent inventions. The first throws candy bars to the crowd, the second is an extended arm with a trash bin for the candy wrappers to be disposed in, and the third is an automatic recycling system that turns empty wrappers into chemistry textbooks.

“I’m hoping no gum is accidentally disposed of in the recycling bin, as that would result in chemistry books with affixed pages,” Eugene says.

Bart Rathbone’s entry uses a variety of electrical equipment to re-enact a battle at sea, including an amazing fireworks display. Bart wanted to remind everyone: “As a special deal, anyone who happens to get burned by the sparks will receive a 5 percent discount at the Electric Palace. Sale items excluded, of course.”

Edwin Blackgaard will be performing William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” on his float. Making this especially unique, the supporting characters will be played by local chickens. When asked what prompted the interesting casting decision, Edwin commented, “There is a severe lack of local talent.”

Test your knowledge by answering these questions.

Knows the Show: What Bible character did Bernard tell Lisa Mulligan about after her dog was hit by a car?
Whit’s End Wonder: In which branch of the military did Whit serve?
Eu-genius: What did Connie serve Whit for breakfast in “Best Intentions”?

Answers: Bernard told Lisa about Job. Whit served in the Navy. Connie served Whit toast, orange juice, fruit, yogurt and granola

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The Odyssey Scoop

Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Clubhouse Magazine site feature called The Odyssey Scoop. Categorized on our site under The Odyssey Times. 

Welcome Back!
by Kathy WierengaJason Whittaker will arrive in Odyssey this weekend after an extensive trip through Asia and Africa. Formerly a government employee, Jason felt the call to missionary work a couple of years ago.

Now he is working with the Universal Press Foundation. According to his father, John Avery Whittaker, founder of Universal Press: “Jason has been meeting with leaders, both in tribal and urban areas. They’re planning to set up radio towers on every continent so Christian radio programs can be broadcast all over the world. Last time I spoke with Jason, he felt the meetings were going very well, but he’s anxious to come home for a while.”

Apparently others in Odyssey are excited about Jason’s return as well. Connie Kendall is planning a “Welcome Home” bash for the evening of his arrival.

“Everyone’s invited,” Miss Kendall said. “Just bring your favorite ethnic foods such as French fries, English muffins or German chocolate cake.”

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

Test your knowledge by answering these questions.

Knows the Show: In Bethany’s dream what were the seven deadly sins?
Whit’s End Wonder: What is Charles Edward Thompson’s nickname?
Eu-genius: What building occupied the spot where The Electric Palace now stands?

Answers: Bethany dreamed the seven deadly sins were seven deadly dwarves. Charles’ nickname is Chunky. Blackgaard’s Castle occupied the land before The Electric Palace.

The Odyssey Scoop

Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Clubhouse Magazine site feature called The Odyssey Scoop. Categorized on our site under The Odyssey Times. 

Web Sites Popular At Whit’s End
by Nathan HooblerAlex Jefferson announced today he took a poll of the most popular Web sites used by kids at Whit’s End.

“I think Alex just wants to see how many people are visiting his Whit’s End site,” David Straussberg commented.

“This week the Web site will have an exclusive interview with Mr. Whittaker. And he’ll be talking about the new John the Baptist Imagination Station program!” Alex replied. “But that’s not the only reason I polled everyone. I wanted to see what some of the favorite Web sites are.”

Here are some responses to Alex’s question: What Web site do you visit the most?

“I love animals, so I sometimes chat with my friends at catsngoldfish.com.”-Mandy Straussberg

“The World Wide Web as it has been coined, contains a fascinating variety of information. To narrow my navigation on the medium to only a few Web sites would be rather unthinkable. Therefore, I cannot answer the question.”Eugene Meltsner

“I don’t spent a lot of time on the Web because I think it can be a bit addictive. Occasionally, I’ll write an article for Universal Press’s Web site.” –Whit

“The coolest Web site is factsbuffet.com. It’s got everything you ever wanted to know about everything!”Nathaniel Graham

“I haven’t quite figured out the whole Internet thing yet. Eugene does all his shopping online, but I can’t imagine doing that. I mean, most of the fun of shopping is going to the mall and seeing people.”Connie Kendall

Test your knowledge by answering these questions.

Knows the Show: Who used a modem to help Dr. Regis Blackgaard break into Whit’s End?
Whit’s End Wonder: What did Alex Jefferson miss because he was so busy with the Whit’s End Web site?
Eu-genius: Who did Jared DeWhite pretend to be on his Web site that helps people with their problems?

Answers: Richard Maxwell helped Dr. Blackgaard break into Whit’s End. Alex missed the circus. Jared pretended to be Miss Friendship.

The Odyssey Scoop

Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Clubhouse Magazine site feature called The Odyssey Scoop. Categorized on our site under The Odyssey Times. 

Mind-Bending Math
by Kathy Wierenga“Eugene,” Connie said, coming into Whit’s End one morning. “I have a mind game for you.”

“You have a mind game for me?” Eugene was very curious. “Please proceed.”

Connie handed him a piece of paper and a sealed envelope. “Write a three-digit number near the top of the paper, but it can’t end with a zero or start and end with the same number.”

Eugene thought for a moment, and then jotted down a number.

“Reverse the number. For example if the number is 321, then write 123 below it.”

She gave Eugene a minute. “Now look at those two numbers, and find the smaller one. Subtract the smaller number from the larger one.”

Eugene quickly calculated, then looked back to Connie.

“If you’re left with a two-digit number, put a zero in front of it. If it’s a three-digit number, leave it as is.”

Eugene nodded his understanding.

“Under that number, write the reverse of it, and then add them together. Circle the total.”

With a flourish, Eugene circled the final number and smirked at Connie.

“Now open the envelope I gave you at the beginning, and your number will be inside.”

Eugene laughed. “Certainly not. The probability of you guessing it correctly is barely conceivable.”

He quickly tore open the envelope and took out the number. “1,089!” he looked up, shocked. “Unbelievable! How did you know?”

Test your knowledge by answering these questions.

Knows the Show: Which of Whit’s inventions allows kids to see what might happen in the future?
Whit’s End Wonder: Who played the scarecrow in Kids’ Radio presentation of “The Great Wishy Woz”?
Eu-genius: What was the name of Bethany’s imaginary friend?

Answers: The Room of Consequence allows kids to see the future. Tom Riley played the scarecrow. Bethany’s imaginary friend was named Belinda.