Actor Adam West did a short turn on TV as the campy 60's Batman and he has become a cult legend, pop icon, and a favorite son of Walla Walla where he grew up.  This weekend marks the 4th annual Adam West day in Walla Walla and today's radio show guest, David Goehner, is an Adam West/Batman expert and will be speaking on a panel on the 55th anniversary of the TV Series.

For you youngsters out there, the show featured two superheroes in Batman and Robin, called the dynamic duo, as crime fighters in mythical Gotham City.  They routinely were called to the aid of the Gotham City Police when foiled by a never-ending parade of supervillains k=like the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, and more!

For the first two seasons, starting in 1966, Batman aired twice a week on consecutive nights with each story being a cliffhanger followed by an exciting conclusion. The show ended in production in 1968.

IMDB shows a brief bio and a 127 entry list of Movie & TV credits for West.

"Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 1928.... At age 10, West had a cache of comic books; and starting in 1939, Batman, who appeared in Detective Comics, made a big impression on him....(later) West got a job as a disc jockey at a local radio station (Like Dave & Lance!!) and when he came to Hollywood he adopted the stage name "Adam West", which fit his roles, as he was cast in some westerns.

About a month ago this article appeared in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin heralding the upcoming celebration,

The organizers have released the 4th annual Adam West Itinerary and there is a ton of things to do - We've picked 10 Things that YOU should do at the 4th annual Adam West Day in Walla Walla Saturday!
Here are our TOP TEN picks:
1) Attend the Q & A Celebrity Panel
2) Get a free photo with Batman on a green screen!
3) Watch the Batman TV series at the Marcus Whitman Hotel Ballroom
4) Catch the screening of the movie " Starring Adam West"
5) Get a picture with "Surfing" Batman
6) Check out the Adam West Exhibit at the Kirkman House Museum
7) Attend the opening ceremonies at Land and Title Plaza
8) Get photos of the Batmobile, Bat Copter, and Bat Cycle!
9) Attend the lighting of the Bat-Signal
10) Grab lunch and dinner!
Here is the complete itinerary:
Saturday, September 18th
11:30 am
Land Title Plaza - 1st & Main St. Downtown
OPENING CEREMONIES
1:00pm
Marcus Whitman Hotel Ballroom - 6 W. Rose St.
Q & A Celebrity Panel
Free photos with Batman on "Green Screen" immediately following
3:00pm
Land Title Plaza - 1st & Main St. Downtown
LIVE MUSIC, SUPERHERO APPEARANCES & COSTUME CONTEST
(Free photos with Surfing Batman)
5:00pm
Marcus Whitman Hotel Ballroom - 6 W. Rose St.
55th ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION OF BATMAN TV SERIES
By David Goehner
(Free photos with Lab Tech Batman immediately following)
7:00pm
Marcus Whitman Hotel Ballroom - 6 W. Rose St.
MOVIE SCREENING OF "STARRING ADAM WEST"
**Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis**
9:00pm
Marcus Whitman Hotel West Parking Lot
LIGHTING OF THE BAT-SIGNAL
11:30 am to 5 pm
Downtown on 1st Street (Between Main and Alder)
FREE PHOTOS WITH:
THE BATMOBILE, THE BATCOPTER, AND THE BATCYCLE
10:00am to 5pm
ADAM WEST EXHIBIT AT KIRKMAN HOUSE MUSEUM
(214 N. Colville St.)
***Advance reservations for admittance suggested***
The cost is $5 per person. Family group prices are available.
(Call 509-529-4373 for advance reservations)
***Following CDC Guidelines on Mask Mandates at all events***
 Adam West Day is going to be a fun time, you can check out more details on Adam West Day here

 

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