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Therin of Andor
(aka Ian McLean, from Sydney, Australia)
He was a huge part of my childhood and, strangely, as the TV show became fashionable again, my adulthood as well. There was a good 20 year period (1968-1988) when Adam and the show were negatively recalled. Thankfully, the world came to recognize his genius, and he's now rightfully remembered as a legend. Batman will live forever and, as a result, so will Adam.
A friend of mine who worked with Adam in the Industry told me today that Adam appreciated this website and appreciated all of us who "kept the faith" over the years. R.I.P. Adam. You brought LOTS of us magnificent entertainment over the years!
No "Cheers", not this time
This is just one of those dark days that will never be forgotten, where one just doesn't know what to say.. How can this be? Yes, we all knew Adam was getting older and last year we lost our dear friend, Fred Westbrook, but deep down I honestly believed that since Adam was in such good shape for his age, that we would be blessed with him for at least 5-10 years more.
While there are so many recollections coming to mind, and not knowing what to say, one thing that I recall him saying at a convention was people were coming for a memory, not just an autograph, and I believe he gave us all one. While some have memories of watching him on tv, many of us have been blessed to meet the man. A man who was not just a great actor, not just a very intelligent person with great insight, but someone who would take the extra couple minutes to make a child smile. and someone who cared about us who we could respect.
As a child, I loved Batman. As an adult, I loved Adam West. and I feel grateful and a better person for knowing him and appreciate very much his undeserved kindness. I hope we can all cherish, and keep alive the good memories that he gave us.
RIP Adam ..you were greatly loved and you will be greatly missed
My love of Batman (1966) was because of Adam. To this day, he is my SUPERHERO! So glad you lived such a good and long life. Hope to see you in the Batcave in the sky one day.
Here's Burt talking to CNN this afternoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4jPGEW02Gs
The regular CNN obit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Do2MM22WtA
The L.A. CBS affiliate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQHhHywIme4
Same Perilous Predicament
As a relatively new 5 year old, I came upon a new show called Batman in January of 1966. It was like nothing I had ever seen; I was immediately hooked and I've been enjoying it ever since. I remember the day after each episode my friends and I would be talking about the show at school and speculating as to how B&R were going to escape.
About twenty years later a friend of mine was to be performing his magic act at the grand opening of the Indian Hills Shopping Center in Pomona, CA. As luck would have it, Adam West was also there in costume. I stood with the huge crowd of people awaiting his entrance. All of a sudden, there he was; Adam West in person dressed as Batman no more than 3 feet away from me as he walked to the stage. All of a sudden I was hit by a feeling of excitement that instantly brought me back to the age of 5; and going by the reaction from the crowd, I was not alone.
I met him several times over the years since then and he was always the perfect gentleman. Smiling, gracious and genuinely happy to be interacting with the fans. I had the opportunity on two separate occasions to give and send via Wally to him, posters from the movie The Relentless Four and he truly appreciated them.
Goodbye Mr. West and thank you for creating so many wonderful childhood memories. May God welcome you into his heavenly kingdom.