January 12

I cannot prove as an absolute fact that I was glued to my television set the night of January 12, 1966. But I like to imagine that I was. I was two weeks away from turning five and that was the night that "Batman" debuted on ABC-TV. Whether I was there or not, that night changed my life(for the better). I became a full-on comic book/sci-fi/monster movie geek.

And I celebrated that night fifty years(to the hour) later by watching the first episodes of "Batman" in the living room of my own home in the Chicago area. I surrounded myself with many of my Batman souvenirs(some of them purchased during the original run of the tv show). And I wore the cape and cowl from the costume my mom made for me back then. Zap, pow and biff indeed!