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Adam West Saved Batman. And Me.

NPR's resident Bat-scholar Glen Weldon offers a personal remembrance of the late Adam West, explains how the actor rescued the character of Batman from oblivion, and explores his enduring legacy.

"Why is a welder like a woman in love?"

I'm 7-years-old, standing between the two dogwood trees in my backyard. It's autumn; there's a crispness in the golden, late afternoon air. I've taken the hood of my parka and thrown it over my head, but my arms are not in the sleeves. The coat falls over my narrow, bird-boned shoulders and down my back.

Like a cape, you see.

I'm cold, sure, but the important thing is that I've achieved the necessary look.

My next door neighbor/best friend Eric is here too. He's done the same thing, coat-wise, because we both need capes. Because I'm Batman. He's Robin.

That's not technically correct: I'm Adam West. He's Burt Ward.

He pretends to read from

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