Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

RIP Mr. Adam "Batman" West and thanks for the memories
An unknown but sizable number of middle-aged men across America continue their grieving and mourning after learning last week that one of our boyhood superhero characters, Adam “Batman” West, passed away.

Forever typecast as Batman, Mr. Adam West lived a full and rewarding life for 88 years.

From an early age, Mr. West knew he wanted to perform for a living.  In his youthful and young man dreams, however, it probably wasn't likely that he envisioned one day being a 1960s-television superhero to a generation of middle-aged men like me; a larger-than-life and new-age clever and witty version of the comic book Batman character created almost 30 years earlier.

As young boys, we middle-aged men lived for the next episode of Batman, a television program delivered weekly in a two-episode format with its patented first episode closing of “Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!” 

I recall pleasant and vivid elementary school playground memories where we’d all engage in chatter about last evening’s Batman episode during recess kickball games.

Eternal memories were made that, for me, had been dormant but were powerfully resurrected last week upon learning of Mr. West’s passing.

Rest in peace Mr. Adam “Batman” West.  Thank you for all the memories.  As ambassador of all middle-aged men across American, we continue to grieve and mourn your passing while looking forward to when we next meet again, same Bat time, same Bat channel! 

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum


Machinehead said...

I was in second grade when the Batman series started -- in my age demographic, it was the highest rated TV show to ever air. And, it made Halloween costuming a no brain-er for years to come.

Pierini Fitness said...

I learned how to read as a young boy reading Batman and Superman comic books. The Batman TV series was my early exposure to wit, the gold standard by which all middle-aged man wit is measured.