Me in 1966! Baffled by Batman in Bellmore!

On Thursday, August 25, 1966, I was among the estimated 3,000 people who gathered on Bedford Avenue in Bellmore, Long Island to see Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) from the TV series that brought “POW!”, “BAM!”, and “ZONK” into our living rooms each week.

Going through some old files, I just discovered the cover story in “Bellmore Life” (August 31, 1966)* and there we were! I put a little yellow arrow to point out what was most assuredly my debut in print media—at the age of six-and-a-half!

The paper reported: “A ‘see’ of people drowns Batman in Bellmore … some with gay signs, pro and con.” That’s a quote folks. And I can state for the record I was very pro!

Sadly, I remember that Batman and Robin never got out of their Bat Bus, but “it was the people’s own fault for not cooperating. It was said that Batman was wearing his fourth suit that day, the previous three having been ripped apart by overeager admirers at earlier stops at Huntington and Massapequa.”

No matter! I was there! And I saw them! Behold!

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* Today, it’s known as the “Bellmore Herald Life” (though it ran from 1964-2013 under the original title). It says online: “Richner Communications, the Herald’s parent company, recently acquired Bellmore Life. Bringing the two newspapers and their respective staffs together will allow us to build a better, stronger paper whose guiding mission will be serving our readers’ best interests.”

Here’s a link to the original paper from August 31, 1966 in the archives. The photos there are even clearer (see below). I distinctly remember that Batman was positioned (as in the photo) looking out the side front window of the bus. And Robin was looking out the rear windshield of the bus. He didn’t look thrilled, as I recall.

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