Bat Signal To Fly For The Fallen Caped Crusader
Article by Aaron Haughton
Actor Adam West will be honored with the lighting of the famed Bat Signal tonight in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck will be doing the honors. The event is a public event, commencing at 9 p.m. tonight at City Hall (200 N. Spring St.).
West passed away this past Saturday and was best known as the 1960s campy Batman; however, to millennials he may only be known as the Mayor of Quahog in Family Guy. While the Bat Signal may've appeared in '66 Batman film, the Batman in the TV series was always alerted to a threat via the infamous red glowing phone. Lighting up a plastic red phone, however, just wouldn't do the late West any justice; therefore, the Bat Signal is most fitting.
The '60s iterations of the dark knight will most likely be unfamiliar to young Batman enthusiasts, but still holds a special place in the hearts of many. Even though the show had long been off the air by the time I was a kid in the 90s, my brother and I still loved it and set up our lives around it. I can remember audibly hearing my mother tell our babysitter that she had to let us watch the old Batman reruns on TV Land at 5 p.m. or else all hell was going to break loose. And, she was right. My brother and I would've had a bratty conniption. That's precisely how important the show (Adam West and Burt Ward included) meant to my brother and I.
If you're unable to make the event, West's family has set up a charity in his name (The Adam West Memorial Fund) for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which goes to help children battling cancer. It's a really great cause, and the fundraiser has already collected $5,500+. So, pitch in any way you can because every little helps, and you know donating is groovy.
Where you shaken by the news of West's passing? What did the old caped crusader mean to you? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!