Farewell to the Caped Crusader

When I was only six years old, my parents took me to a car show at the old Vet’s Memorial in Columbus. By Dad was extremely excited because Batman was going to be there. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but as he ushered me to the table, a striking figure of a man in a satin cape and cowl smiled down at me. “Hello Citizen! I know that young men such as yourself are our future crime fighters, and I’d like to shake your hand.” he said. I was gobsmacked. I reached out and gripped his gloved hand as tightly as I could. Somewhere at my Mother’s house is a Polaroid of me that day, shaking the hand of Adam West. He was at a point in his career where being Batman wasn’t opening a lot of doors in Hollywood. But he didn’t care, he was Batman to every child and Dad in that hall. Through the years I became enamored with reruns of Batman ’66 on Nick at Night. I watched faithfully as Adam and Burt biffed and pow’d their way through a myriad of colorful villains. As I got older, I fell in love with the wit and camp that made it a classic. Later on, I delighted in Adam’s dry humor and broad comedy in shows like “Fairly Oddparents” and of course “Family Guy”. His inimitable voice and delivery can never be matched. I awoke today to hear the news that Adam West had passed from this world at the age of 88. Eighty eight years and god it felt too soon. He was my first Batman, he was debonair, witty and urbane. A true man of all talents. I think back today on that day I shook his hand, and I count myself incredibly lucky to have had that brief encounter with one of my heroes. Rest well Caped Crusader, the Bat Signal is dim today.