Relevant introduces its piece:
For those of you raised in the church, there was no shortage of well-intentioned and, often, surprisingly well-produced content involving kindly, wise, biblically literate, not-necessarily-human mentors who served as your very first heroes.
They name, in order:
- Psalty the Singing Songbook, from the “Kids Praise!” mostly-audio franchise.
- John Avery Whittaker, from the Adventures in Odyssey radio drama (and later, at least 15 animated episodes).
- Colby the Computer, from a Psalty-like children’s worship cassette series. (Wasn’t there also a TV show?)
- Dr. Jake Cooper, from the Cooper Kids Adventure Series, penned by a pre-This Present Darkness Frank Peretti.
McGee, the animated conscience/imaginary friend from the McGee and Me video series.1
My favorite? Mr. Whittaker, naturally, with Psalty as a close runner-up. Relevant describes the former:
[Mr. Whittaker] was primarily known as the kindly old owner of a local ice cream parlor, but his resume makes Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World seem about as fascinating as a styrofoam cup.
What hath these five figures of childhood faith fiction in common?
They’re all from speculative genres.
- I still recall hearing boycott-themed expressions of dislike for this series, because McGee was undefined and therefore “magical,” you see. Yes, apparently I used to get about in such hardcore-evangelical circles that I actually heard about reflexive boycotts of McGee and Me. ↩