Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the sixty’s campy series died last Friday at the age of 88.
The show was humorous and kind of goofy. But when it was first broadcast, I was little and I took him seriously as a hero. He fought bad guys with brains and brawn and I wanted to grow up to be him. I safety-pinned a towel around my neck and let it drape down my back and I knew I looked just liked the caped crusader as I tore about the house.
A part of my core personality still wants to stand up for what’s right, to fight the bad guys and rescue people. I know it’s naïve in a complicated world where bad guys and good guys are not clearly defined and no one dresses to show which is which. But there’s something good about kids who want to grow up to be heroes. I’m grown now, on the verge of being old, but I’m not willing to let it go yet.
I just wanted to say I’m thankful for the role Adam West had in my growing up. I hope his loved ones find comfort as they contemplate their loss.