It's funny how things change so fast from your childhood, or what you remember from it, at least. I remember watching hours and hours of classic TV on Nick at Nite with my family. I learned all about Dick Van Dyke, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi from watching old episodes on this nighttime version of Nickelodeon. Now, when I turn on that channel it's Friends and Full House; am I really getting that old?
However, my favorite show from the former time was definitely Batman with Adam West. I fell in love with the campiness of the show and all the "POW!" "BIFF!" graphics that appeared on screen whenever Batman and Robin fought their enemies.
I quickly developed a crush on Robin, who was played by Burt Ward and asked for all things Robin. I had a black and white poster of Batman & Robin, that hung on the walls in my room, just across from a poster of Neil Patrick Harris dressed as Doogie Howser, MD, complete with faux autograph and stethoscope.
I found this photo of what looks like my 8th or 9th birthday and my Mom had gotten me a Robin figurine, which I was clearly enthralled with. I remember their slinky costumes and how they shone on the TV screen. I also loved the purple Batgirl costume that Yvonne Craig got to wear and secretly wished that I was badass enough to wear that costume.
Speaking of costumes, my aunt even made me a Halloween costume, so I could be Robin. She made me a neon green Lyrca skirt to go with the costume, instead of the briefs that he actually wore. You might say that I was sporting this look WAY before Eminem appeared in the costume for one of his music videos.
You'll see below that I also made a "dressed-up" version of my favorite Care Bear, Baby Hugs, and gave her big, red hoop earrings to go with her neon pink dress. I also had a weird obsession with polar bears and bought this mini one at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, which I promptly named "Cutesy" and got her a superhero cape to go with my outfit for Trick Or Treating.
All this talk of Batman make me wonder what I did with the book chronicling all of episodes of the show...it has to be somewhere. My favorite part of the book was the "Holy" index. which was a giant list of all the "Holy!" exclamations that Robin made to Batman during the series.