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Awards and Recognitions

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2005

Scholastic, Inc. issues four new Davey and Goliath story and activity books. LIFE Magazine includes a feature story of Davey and Goliath in their Good Friday issue. A restored version of the classic The Davey and Goliath special "Happy Easter" 1967 special is shown on Easter Sunday on Hallmark Channel. Click here to read more updates on Davey and Goliath for 2005.

2004

Davey and Goliath's Camp Creation Vacation Bible School curriculum is a best-seller for Augsburg Fortress, Publishers. The founders of Davey and Goliath are honored with the Luther Institute's Wittenberg Award. Davey and Goliath's Snowboard Christmas, the first new Davey and Goliath production in nearly 30 years, is broadcast on Hallmark Channel.

2003

A number of Davey and Goliath products are licensed: Plush and bendable toys, bobble heads, keychains, tee shirts, ties, magnets, buttons, stickers, lanyards, lunchboxes and more. A new one-hour Davey and Goliath documentary, "Oh Davey! History of the 'Davey and Goliath' Television Program," is produced by the ELCA for broadcast on ABC television local affiliates. A new group, "Friends of Davey and Goliath," is started to help raise funds for this project.

2002

Millions of children have grown up with Davey and Goliath. The program has been translated into seven languages, and the show has been broadcast on every continent except Antarctica.

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1990s

Davey and Goliath are referenced in pop culture venues such as Dead Man Walking, The Simpsons, Friends, Beavis and Butthead, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and Mad TV.

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1980s

1988
The LCA joins with the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA now holds all rights to Davey and Goliath.

1986
Program Source International secures marketing rights for existing Davey and Goliath episodes.

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1970s

1975
The final Davey and Goliath special, “To the Rescue,” airs.

1971
A fifth special, “School...Who Needs It?” is created.

1971-1969
The LCA funds another run of 35 episodes. Davey’s friends now include Jonathan Reed and Cisco, an African-American boy and a Hispanic boy. These 35 episodes have lessons of integration and racial tolerance, charity and community, as well as the spiritual theme of the original series.

1960s


1967
The LCA funds three more Davey and Goliath specials: “New Year Promise,” “Happy Easter,” and “Halloween Who-Dun-It.”

1965
The first Davey and Goliath special, a 30-minute Christmas special entitled “Christmas Lost and Found” airs.

1962
The ULCA merges with other Lutheran churches to form the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), which then takes over funding of the show. By year’s end, the first series of 30 episodes is completed.

1960-1962
Episodes of Davey and Goliath are given, free of charge, to nearly 200 television markets in North America. Translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Cantonese, the show also appears overseas.

1960
The first 15-minute long Davey and Goliath episode, “Lost in a Cave,” airs.

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1950s

1959
The ULCA contracts with Clokey Productions, Inc., headed by Gumby® creators Art and Ruth Clokey, to create a new children’s show, Davey and Goliath. Scripts were written by children’s book author Nancy Moore in consultation with the church.

1958
Franklin Clark Fry, president of the United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA), puts aside $1 million to fund production of a future television program.


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