Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the premier of Batman, the television show. It's difficult today, within our fractured popular culture, to appreciate what an overwhelming phenomenon this show was at the time, but I can give one example from personal experience.
In the middle of that spring (1966) our television set stopped working, and while it was in the repair shop we kids were deprived of all of our TV shows. This wasn't too much of a hardship, but panic set in when Batman rolled around. So following some negotiations, we all trooped over to our neighbor's house to watch the show! Actually, the most remarkable part of that story for some of you will be the fact that televisions used to break down frequently, requiring a trip to the TV repairman (a job that has gone the way of slide rule salesman). Can you say "vacuum tubes"?