Michael Patton has a fun story about how he met Thomas Oden. Check it out here. From the post:
He is going to think you are a nut. You cannot just walk up to someone’s house that you don’t know and expect to talk to them. Are you a stalker? However, I countered this with a classic: Michael, you are probably the only one crazy enough to do something like this so it will work.
Odon is one of my favorite theologians. Reading his work is like drinking from the fire hose.