Time finally did what the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman and dozens of other nefarious foes could not do – it laid Batman low.
Adam West, star of the campy 1960’s TV series Batman, died over the weekend at the age of 88.
West, along with co-star Burt Ward as Robin, fought a tongue in cheek battle against crime for a total of 120 episodes when Batman debuted at 7:30 p.m. on January 12, 1966, a Wednesday – with a twist. Each episode ended in a cliffhanger that would be resolved the very next night with the familiar intonation of “Same Bat-time! Same Bat-channel!”
Equally famous were Robin’s exclamations of “Holy Benedict Arnold! Holy Hamburger! Holy Hamlet!” or whatever the duo was facing at the time.
Was there ever a cry for “Holy 811, Batman!”?
Sadly, no. 811 didn’t exist back in 1966. But if it had, you can bet the Boy Wonder and the Caped Crusader would have been big supporters. Batman was hilariously corny, but he always had the best interests of the citizens of Gotham City at heart.
Watch episodes of the series for long, and you’ll quickly find that Batman was a champion for kids to drink their milk, eat their vegetables, do their homework, and wear their seatbelts.
Exhorting them to call 811 would have been right at the top of his Bat-list.
Let’s face it. Only a true villain like Egghead, the Bookworm, King Tut, False Face, Mr Freeze or any of the other 37 evil-doers who populated the TV show wouldn’t have used 811 to get their underground utilities located before digging.
So come on, South Dakota! Check in with South Dakota 811 and do the right thing. Call 811 before you dig.
Do it for yourself. Do it for your state. Do it for Batman.
South Dakota 811. Don’t excavate your Bat-cave without it!
Until next week, safe digging!