Cassy became a Batt girl 33 years ago, raised two Batt Boys and has enjoyed the fun of being married to 'Batt' man.
Batman, Adam West and The Batts
Batman is about to celebrate his 83 anniversary on September 17 to commemorate his first appearance ever in ‘‘Detective Comic’’ back in 1939. Batman has been able to sustain popularity over time not for his super powers, but his relatability, bravery, and likeability. He is known world wide and the Bat Signal is one of the most identifiable images amongst all superhero representations.
My Battversary (the anniversary I became a Batt) also happens to be very close to the Batman Anniversary, September 16. Last year we decided to take one of our self patented 'wine-cations' for our 32nd year of marital bliss to Walla Walla, WA. This small Eastern Washington town has slowly become a wine lovers destination and produces world class wine. What I didn't know is that it is also the birth place of Adam West, the original Batman.
We stayed at the historic Whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla, and after golfing a round at Wine Valley Golf Club enjoyed an afternoon of wine tasting. We also had a variety of culinary options to choose from for dinner, since many chefs have opened new restaurants in town to pair with this wine success. This quaint town has been revived by the wine industry, and it's an easy walk around the wine-decorated, boutique filled stores after a filling meal.
As we strolled from store, to wine tasting, to more stores, I happened to notice signs with the Batman Signal, and mentioning Adam West. It took me a few signs, and a few wine tastings, to realize the signs were not just mentioning Batman, but were notifying everyone that Saturday was Adam West Day in Walla Walla, WA. Why? Because Adam West was born in Walla Walla and they started celebrating him in 2017 with a dedicated day. Who knew? I've lived in Washington State my entire life and had no idea the original Batman was a native!
A Beacon In The Sky
Upon learning this was Batman's home town, I immediately googled him to find out more. Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 to farmers in Walla Walla, where he spent much of his childhood . His family moved to Seattle for a short time, but he returned after high school to attend Whitman College. He received his degree in Literature and Psychology.
We of course thought it befitting to be celebrating our Battversary, in a town celebrating the real Batman's anniversary. Unfortunately we were scheduled to leave the day before the official celebration was taking place, but were delighted with our new found knowledge. As we walked back to the towering Whitman Hotel, we soon realized a beacon was shining bright through the darkness. It was the Bat Signal! Each year since 2017, the Whitman Hotel becomes its very own Gotham Police Department and the Bat Signal glows from the top. How cool is that!
Unofficial Family Symbol
You can't have the name Batt, and not identify with the Bat Signal. Especially after growing up watching the television show and loving everything about that endearing character. After our wedding, my mother hand drew Batman & Robin with a quotation bubble reading "Holy Wedding Presents!" on our Thank You cards. We've been Batman and Batgirl for Halloween, dressed the boys in capes and cowls, and we have a Bat Signal stepping stone in our yard.
Most recently when my son got married, he and his wife got into the Batman Spirit by shining the Bat Signal at their Rehearsal Dinner on the outside wall as the skies darkened. They also incorporated this much loved symbol by placing a custom made topper that read Batt, on top of their wedding cake.
It's fun to align ourselves with such a well known symbol, but even greater that Batman was most recognized for just being such a good guy. Walla Walla, WA clearly wants to identify with the Batman symbol and celebrate possibly the most famous good guy to come from there. I think this Anniversary Celebration is super and I love that an entire town has rallied around their own local hero.
I'm so grateful we stumbled upon this little piece of Americana and were able to experience the emotion that comes from seeing a Bat Signal piercing high through the night sky. We all have a superhero within us, and we will forever celebrate Batman, Adam West and our own Battversary the third week in September.