Holy Batusi! It’s Adam West!!!

Well, we missed Adam West’s birthday … on Saturday he turned 82 years old!  I remember West came to Beaumont, Texas, one time in the mid 1970s; I was a sportswriter and he played in some celebrity tennis match on the Lamar University campus.

This woman we knew, Cathy Beene, was a great tennis player and the coach of a college women’s tennis team at the time.  Her doubles partner in the celebrity match was Adam West, so it was a real thrill when she said she’d introduce me.

Man, I used to watch the damn “Batman” TV series when I was in sixth grade – they used to show two episodes a week, part one would leave with some absurd cliffhanger then it would get resolved the next night, “same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!”

Anyway, I met and hung out with Adam West, he was pretty boring actually.  I think he was hitting on our friend Cathy.  And when I reached out to shake his hand goodbye he grabbed my right hand with both of his, looked me straight in the eye and said, just like Batman would have said, “Farewell, my friend, and remember … always keep both hands on the Batrope.”

For that, I will always love Adam West.  He will always be Batman.

MP3: Radio contest Promo by Adam West & Burt Ward

MP3: Texas Bat Crap commercial/”Look Out For The Batman” from the Children’s Treasury of Batman Musical Stories

MP3: “Miranda” (1966 single) by Adam West

MP3: Radio PSA by Adam West, Burt Ward & Yvonne Craig

MP3: “Boy Wonder, I Love You” (1966 single) by Burt Ward

MP3: “The Riddler” by Frank Gorshin

MP3: “Batman” by Jan & Dean

MP3: “Batman A Go-Go” by The Combo Kings

MP3: “Batman” TV show theme

MP3: “Batman Theme” by Sun Ra & the Blues Project

Video: Adam West … I mean Batman …  is BROKE!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

YouTube: Batman and Robin try to save ABC’s fall lineup

Adam West’s personal website

One Response to “Holy Batusi! It’s Adam West!!!”

  1. I appreciate that the 1966 Batman had a normal physique. The modern silicone enhanced version is more a cartoon character than a comic book hero. Adam West’s soft-porn roles also made him seem more like an everyman hero.

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