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We’re wondering what the fascination is about Top ten list of modern convenience

Greetings, readers. Rebecca and I always get a chuckle every time we check our blog stats for each week and see Top ten list of modern conveniences has gotten more views. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely happy when any of my entries are viewed. But, when I wrote this piece in February of 2013, I must admit I didn’t think it was going to be as popular as it has turned out to be. As of yesterday, it has been viewed 991 times since I posted it. In comparison, a top ten list from the same month, Top ten list of my favorite TV cars, chimed in with a whopping 9 views to date (although that does not count anyone who read it off the home page without clicking on it when it was first posted).

Rebecca has a theory which I agree with. She thinks that a teacher somewhere around the world is using it in class to show students computer skills, explaining to students how to do searches and then open the links. It also might be that teachers in other countries are curious to know and show their students what this blogger from the United States thinks modern conveniences are.

It’s funny, for when I was 13 years old, a record player was a modern convenience. Now it is something called a collectible. Back in my mother’s era, automatic transmission on a car was a convenience or luxury. You see where I am going with this.

What will modern conveniences be 20 years from now? Will we have the Jetsons flying car? Or perhaps Star Trek transporter technology or a holodeck? Who knows? But I am certain that 30 years from now, people will pick up a Blu-ray disc and laugh because it can hold only one movie at a time.

Getting back to my opening paragraph, I’m thrilled that this entry continues to get reads, or at least clicks. If anyone knows why this piece is so popular, or has a theory about it, could you chime in below in the comments section or leave me a note in Facebook?

In closing, it’s a Penn State home football weekend, complete with a night game. I hope all the college students behave themselves, and don’t show up to the stadium too intoxicated. If you are a local reader, please be safe around town this weekend, and to all readers, have a wonderful weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Same bat – time, same bat – channel!

Greetings, readers. As promised, here is my blog entry on the topic of the 1960s Batman series. The new movies, as well as the old comic books, portrayed the Caped Crusader as a darker figure. Not quite evil but almost. The 1960s TV series was anything but that. The show was labeled a comedy spoof, yet the acting quality makes it still one of my favorite shows today.

The major players included Adam West as millionaire Bruce Wayne and Batman. Adam had a knack for over acting everything, but it worked so well. I remember as a child wanting to be that man, whom I saw on the TV screen. He lived in that big house with nice things and drove around in that super cool car, the Batmobile.

Burt Ward played Dick Grayson and Robin. Along with his costume, he only wore a black mask over his eyes, and yet not even Aunt Harriet knew it was Dick Grayson. Major hand wave there; in the interest of fun we’ll let it go.

Speaking of hand waves, the biggest one of the entire series happened in the third season when new character Batgirl arrived on the scene. Is anyone really going to try to tell me that Commissioner Gordon couldn’t realize the voice coming out of Batgirl was that of his own daughter Barbara? The man was not that inept.

Some of the notable villains and villainesses were Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, and Julie Newmar as the Catwoman. They are who I call the big four. All other villains and villainesses are smaller potatoes in my eyes. I heard once on an interview show that it was something of a status symbol if you were asked to be a villain or villainess on Batman. My favorite minor villainess was the lovely young Joan Collins as the Siren.

Shifting gears, no pun intended, the Batmobile was based on a concept car, the Lincoln Futura. I’ve seen photos on Yahoo!. You can definitely tell it’s the Batmobile. It’s too bad that Lincoln never produced the car for the public. That would have been cool. One of the six Batmobiles the show used was in State College, PA. at our annual car show a few summers ago. What fun it was for me to stand right next to such an iconic vehicle.

Though Batman only went two and a half seasons (it was a mid-season replacement when it premiered) it took the nation by storm and fizzled out just as quickly. By the third season, ratings had dropped. Batgirl was a nice change but the Aunt Harriet character was all but dropped. She was always traveling, they said.

They have had several renditions of Batman since this series, including cartoons and feature films. My favorite, however, will always be the ’66 to ’68 Batman. Adam and Burt, thumbs up for a job well done.

Until next time, take care, happy reading, and to the Batpoles!