Thursday, June 29, 2017

That'll Learn Ya

This is bad OK?
Don't fuck around with misfires.
According to the story underneath at Youtube, the guy was very lucky all he got was his cheek lacerated instead of his fucking head being blown off.

I Think It's Time To Move

I don't even want to know where it's coming from, just start packing.

Me Likey

I'd lose that front bumper immediately and come up with something old school instead but other than that this thing is bad ass.

Much Better

I did the machining on the Brass at work today thanks to some excellent help from a guy who knows what the hell he is doing and went straight into the garage when I got home to throw that little lathe back together.
It took some finessing and a few good whacks with a small nylon mallet trying to get the runout on the chuck somewhat within a couple of thousandths but I'll be damned if this latest upgrade didn't absolutely transform that little fucker into a usable piece of equipment finally.
I'll let you take a look at the finish on this chunk of bar and let you see what you think.

That is far and away the best finish I have ever gotten out of the thing.

I made a few other adjustments as I was putting it back together and added a brass washer behind the wheel you turn for manual traveling to get rid of the wobble on the shaft when you were turning it.

Smoothed that right out too.

I might actually be able to make something , finally.

I got this thing last Christmas, that means I have been fighting this little bugger off and on for six months.

There are still about seven hundred and forty six little upgrades one could do to it if one was so inclined, I have seen some fabulous shit done to them on Youtube but I ain't that damn anal, yet.

I just want it to work right and do what it's supposed to do.

Unless something really bad happens to me I should have a few good years left to play with it and I can get some of these other little quirks worked out of it now at my leisure.

In the mean time I am quite a bit happier with it now between getting the cross slide slop and the tail stock mess somewhat under control finally.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Critically Important News Every Gun Control Proponent Must See Immediately

There is a new report out based on a study that estimates the real number of guns being legally owned in this country to be over 600 million.

Combine that with an estimated 25 TRILLION rounds of ammo in private hands.

Theses numbers are estimates of course because it is physically impossible to get actual numbers but I certainly hope they fuel many a sleepless night in the ranks of the gun control crowd.

Keep on tilting at those windmills people.

You could pass laws banning guns completely at this point and the only sounds you would hear would be laughter and the metallic clicking of millions of rounds being chambered.


That's Some Good Shit Man!

Knock you the fuck out good.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This Oughtta Give Irish The Giggles

In case you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, our favorite Feral Irishman, who recently went over 12 Meeeeelion page views, does machine work for a living.

Serious business that.
Expensive tools, expensive equipment and the knowledge acquired from a lifetime of turning big and nasty chunks of metal into shiny new parts that come damn near to being artwork when he is done.
We're talking major league skills here.
To say I am envious of those skills would be a bit of an understatement.

The guy is a prince of a fella though,just an awesome dude, and I am very privileged to be on the guy's Blogroll.
I couldn't even tell you how many visitors I get from him but it's a shit ton.

Anyways, I was thinking of him just a few minutes ago while I was out in the garage fucking with that damn Chinese Mini Lathe again.

I bet he would laugh his ass off watching me dick around with this stupid thing.

To start with, about the only thing he would have a use for this piece of crap thing would be is as a door stop.

But hey, it's what I got and it keeps me out of the taverns, plus I am learning new shit every time I mess with it.

You see, even though I have been a mechanic for forty fucking years, I have always been a "Get A Bigger Hammer" kind of guy.
You know, pound it to fit and then paint it to match.

Fucking around with these little needle dick bug fucker things is not something I am used to.
Sure, I have built a few engines in my day, I know about these magical things called " thousandths of inches" but they were few and far between doing what I normally did.

So today I was out there attempting to do yet another upgrade on the damn thing.
The tolerances machined into these mass produced little clap traps are, shall we say, less than ideal.
Irish would probably tell you that there is enough slop in the fuckers to throw a cat through.

I found this one guy named Steve Jordan on Youtube who is a absolute wizard when it comes to these damn things and he has the coolest little tiny machine shop crammed into an 8X10 shed out in his back yard that you wouldn't believe some of the things he does with.
He has a tutorial on how to upgrade the Cross Slide on these things to absolutely eliminate the slop they come with from the factory so I went and ordered a bunch of stuff and raided the local hardware store for everything else I needed to tackle this little project.

Of course when I try to do these things a cascading comedy of errors is soon to follow.
This one was no exception.

Thankfully I am quite aware of my shortcomings thank you very much and I tend to get extra shit whenever I start in on these kinds of projects.
This is usually a good thing and today was also no exception.
I wound up fucking up a piece of brass even though I had the parts clamped together and used the recommended drill bit from the video.
I also put the studs in the wrong holes and had to take them back out and move them to the other side because I wasn't paying attention to the fact I was working on the piece upside down.

Ahh, the learning process.

But in my defense, I do believe that I am pretty close to getting it done, using somewhat primitive methods in that mess of a garage I am still trying to get stuff pared down in.
Here be pictures of what I have been rambling about.

This is the cross slide with the original cast iron gib strips and the garbage hardware they attached it with laying there.

I had already put the studs in before I remembered to take a real crappy picture.

Here it is after cutting and drilling new Brass gibs with a spacer plate on the back.

After I get some machining done on the thick Brass plate and then get it back on the ways I will have to tighten things up and then use a dial indicator to tell me how much I am going to have to shim the front.
After I get the shimming done then I will put it all back on, snug up the Nylock Nuts, back them off 1/4 turn from underneath and that should pretty much be the end of it , forever.
Or at least until I am long fucking dead and someone else gets to play with it.
It is supposed to tighten things up to within one, maybe two, of those magical thousandths of an inch and it eliminates those little adjusting screws.

That's plenty good enough for ol' Bustednuckles.

Instant Carport- No Charge

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Going To The Show

Wish you were here.

99 degrees outside right now and we have to go to that liberal shithole called Portland to see it but this is the closest you will ever get to seeing a Pink Floyd concert again without Divine Intervention.

Holy fuck, what a show.
If you can ignore his political bullshit and just enjoy the music and effects like I did then I would strongly suggest you go see that shit.

Words don't do it justice.
It's an experience.

Phil, The Very Early Years

Now ya know why my Old Man used to call me a little fart when I was a kid.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Sense Of Satisfaction Denied By Design For Too Long

I had to break down and replace the radiator in the Caballero this morning.
It has been leaking for a couple of months but being a mechanic, it was one of those things that you just "keep an eye on" for a while before it finally just shit the bed and started leaving puddles the size of dinner plates under the front end after just a short two mile round trip to the local Mini Mart.

When it gets to that point, it then becomes, " I really should replace that" for another few days


I finally quit driving it because the weather was nice enough that I could just drive the Sprite.

I'm not stupid enough to think that nice weather is going to last forever around here so Thursday I ordered a new radiator and yesterday I zipped over to NAPA and gently set it in the little car and took it home.

It's been a bit warm around here recently and after I got woke up and went outside to start in on this little project I discovered that it was getting downright hot with a stiff breeze blowing hot wind around.
I threw a tarp on the ground, pulled up over it then set a drain pan under the front and opened the drain.

While it was getting busy making the inevitable mess, I went and snagged some tools and started taking shit off to get at it.
It really didn't take many tools, some I got out just because I did this kind of shit for a living for many years and had some little specialty tools to make things easier.

Shit like a set of Snap On hose removal tools to help avoid busting open yet another knuckle trying to rotate the hoses off the radiator inlet and outlet nipples after they glue themselves on.

It probably took me a little less that one whole hour to do the job.
I was in no hurry but the heat finally started getting to be enough that it was time to get done with it and flee back into the house.

One quick way to tell it is getting too damn hot to work on your car is to reach down and grab a wrench that has been sitting on the ground for a half hour and burn the shit out of your hand.
Yeah, that's enough of that.

Where I am going with all this is the fact that while I can do these repairs and still get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from doing it, millions of other people either can't because they don't have the tools and the skills, or even worse in my mind, they are denied the opportunity by design.

I worked in a Lincoln/Mercury dealership for ten years back in the 90's and watched the automotive technology explode.

Along with all the fancy new bells and whistles, gizmos and what the fucks, I noticed a rapid trend of making cars harder and harder to work on.

Ford Motor Company even went so far as to say out loud that they were working to make it so that the general public would find it impossible to work on their own vehicles eventually because Ford wanted them to have to take it to the Dealer so they could trap the market on repairs.

That is some evil shit right there pal.

They weren't alone.

Pretty soon things like John Deere Tractors and even Printer Cartridges were off limits to monkey wrenching, by design and by legal clauses written by scumbag corporate lawyers.

This has now been going on for twenty some years but there is finally some hope for potential mechanics and other people who would like to repair the consumer products they pay for and own outright, even if it only involves changing some code in a computer program.
There is even a groundswell of grass roots voices calling for the right to repair the things you buy and own called The Right To repair Movement,
which has gotten so serious it has morphed into something called The Repair Industry.

One very surprising and powerful source of hope is the United States Patent office of all places.

In one of the biggest wins for the right to repair movement yet, the US Copyright Office suggested Thursday that the US government should take actions to make it legal to repair anything you own, forever—even if it requires hacking into the product's software.

Manufacturers—including John Deere, Ford, various printer companies, and a host of consumer electronics companies—have argued that it should be illegal to bypass the software locks that they put into their products, claiming that such circumvention violated copyright law.

Another HUGE win for this movement was just delivered by the United States Supreme Court when they ruled against a single use printer cartridge manufacturer who had sued a guy because he was buying the used cartridges from all over the place, disabling a computer chip that was the reason it only worked one time, refilling them and then selling them.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in March and considered the principle of patent exhaustion. This idea stipulates that a patent owner's rights over a product should vanish once the patent owner sells the product to a consumer. By attaching a post-sale restriction to its single-use cartridge, Lexmark aimed to create a zombie patent that's never exhausted. You may have bought that cartridge, but Lexmark still controls it.

The justices agreed 7-1 that Lexmark can't do that. (Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed after the court heard the case.) The court held that Lexmark exhausted its patent rights when it sold its cartridges "regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to impose." To allow otherwise, the justices ruled, would adversely impact the economy.

But the Fat Lady isn't singing yet because now the trend is going to using the fine print in End User Licensing Agreements to deny peoples rights to repair items.

With the Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling on patent exhaustion, expect manufacturers to turn to contract law—like sneaky end user licensing agreements—to enforce their will. You already see it happening. John Deere, after losing a copyright law fight to folks like, simply updated its EULA to block software modification in its tractors. Litigation dodged, problem solved. "They can't infringe upon your ownership rights if you've already signed them away," Gay Gordon-Byrne, director of said.

How many " licensing agreements" have you ever either completely ignored or glossed over ?
Thousands probably.

I am solidly in the camp of the Repair Movement.
If I bought it, I own it and I will do whatever the Hell I want to with after I take possession.

The way I see it is that even though things like Designed Obsolescence have been around a long time, if there is a will, there is a way to fix something. There is enough crap that was deigned to be unrepairable out there as it is.

People should be able to use their creativity to try do so without having to worry about getting sued by some asshole company trying to lock up the market on available repair monies.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Phil, The Later Years

That has Heavy Metal all over it.

Rock on dude.

My sincere thanks to The Feral Irishman who somehow managed to find the Youtube above to replace the silent .GIF I had up originally.
That guy has some serious skills to accomplish that feat.

Run For It!

I don't know who or what she is pissed off at but I wouldn't be sticking around to find out.

High End Leaf Blower

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Knocked, The Fuck, Out!

Damn, that's impressive.

Onion Chopping Level, Expert

I'd Like 4 Please

One for every major compass point.
Being computer controlled, it's pretty much plug and play, set and forget.

A guy could sleep pretty soundly at night with a set up like that.

6,000 rounds a minute would shred pretty much anything in it's path.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

More Clever Storage, 18 Power Tools Stored On 1 Rotating Table With 1 Pull Out Drawer

I'm liking this concept.

I sort of did something along this line of thinking last weekend when I mounted my benchtop drill press, belt sander/disc sander combo, my 1 inch wide belt sander and a tiny little 3 inch bench grinder all on the framework of that giant band saw my neighbor gave me.
I did have to drill 4 holes in it to mount two lengths of 2X2 angle iron to it but it already had a plywood cover on the back half. All I did was stiffen up the mounting of that.
Oh, I also threw my metal chop saw down underneath.
That cleared up a lot of clutter but this here takes that idea to a whole new level.

There Be Some Clever Fuckers Out There

Monday, June 19, 2017

Jose Jiminez Has Lifted Off

Another piece of my childhood went with him.
You have to be a certain age to remember Bill Dana, who's comedy character Jose Jiminez cracked up millions of Americans back in the late 50's and 60's.

I am fortunate to be in that age group.

Comic Bill Dana, who won fame as ‘Jose Jimenez,’ dies at 92

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy writer and performer Bill Dana, who won stardom in the 1950s and ’60s with his character Jose Jimenez, has died.

Dana died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, according to Emerson College, his alma mater. He was 92.

Early in his career, Dana wrote jokes for Don Adams and Steve Allen, on whose show he served as head writer. It was for a sketch on “The Steve Allen Show” that Dana created Jose Jimenez, which eventually led to his own NBC sitcom, “The Bill Dana Show,” which aired from 1963-1965.

The character’s shy, Spanish-accented introduction, “My name ... Jose ... Jimenez,” became a national catchphrase.

Dana recorded eight best-selling comedy albums, and made many TV appearances while continuing behind the scenes as a comedy writer.

With todays political climate and the witch hunting tactics of the SJW's, Mr. Dana's comedy would be labeled as racist.
Back in the day it was just hilarious.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Breaking News: Van Runs Over Worshipers Leaving London Mosque

I'm going to lead with the story from the source I found it at and then leave my thoughts on the matter.

Report: Van ran over worshippers leaving London mosque

A vehicle struck pedestrians outside a mosque in north London early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said.
One person has been arrested. The London Ambulance Service says the injured are being taken to hospitals. Eyewitnesses reported seeing police give emergency medical treatment to at least one of the injured.
The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque. It said its prayers are with the victims.
The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States but was shut down and reorganized. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic.
People had been attending prayers in the area as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday. Many police cars and ambulances responded to the incident.
No other details were immediately available.
Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.
Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.
Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

It sure looks to me like someone decided to take a play out of the ISIS playbook and turn it around against them.

Another thing is the article going out of it's way to proclaim that this particular mosque, which was a known radical Islam extremist hot spot for several years is now all of a sudden maybe not so much anymore.

I call bullshit on that one right out of the gate.

Mosques are the headquarters for Islamic extremists.
They also serve double duty as armories, which has been proven many times in the past.

This is why I have no problem with people fighting to keep them out of their towns and cities.

It appears to me from this incident that someone had decided to return the favor after several unanswered attacks by these extremists in London here in the last few months,  using the same method used by the extremists themselves,  which has been called for by the zealots in the Middle East as far back as 2010.

I have said it before and I firmly believe,  that the only method of communication these people understand is pain and violence.

If one were to take a look at the long picture of Islamic world conquest attempts, one would see that some of their adversaries figured that shit out almost a thousand years ago.

We have all heard that history repeats it's self.

This isn't always true.

Sometimes new history is made when something happens unlike any other time before it.

We have all seen countless projections of what World War III is going to look like.

I believe they are all dead wrong.

I believe WWIII is going to be Islam against the rest of the world.

They Make These Things Called Tape Measures

Ya might want to use one to measure the ceiling height next time.

That looks painful.


Some Wise Words For Fathers Day

I'll be out in the garage playing with my toys today if anyone needs me.
I am in the middle of several upgrades to that POS lathe.

Fat Drunk And Stupid Is Obviously A Viable Alternative Mr. Wormer

Damn, Flounder went tits up.

You gotta remember this,

Animal House came out the year I graduated high school and it was supposed to be a parody of college life but we were right there and still only in high school.
Shortly after the movie debuted it inspired a giant food fight in the cafeteria at good old Marshfield High School that cost several hundred dollars to clean up, caused the cafeteria to be closed for a week and resulted in the expulsion of several students.

As I recall it was fairy early in the second quarter and we pretty much terrorized that school all year long. It was epic.

I even got kicked out finally, two weeks before graduation and I got booted pretty much for that two week period.
It's the only reason I graduated though.
It gave me the time and impetus to write three term papers for three different classes I was failing and I wound up graduating by the skin of my teeth with a 1.2 GPA.

I used to frustrate and infuriate my teachers because every single one of them knew I was smarter than hell but that was the problem too.

I was bored to tears in high school and all it was to me was a glorified mandatory baby sitting service.

Ten years later I went back to college and smoked it with a 3.7 GPA after 3 years in a 2 year school.
I got accepted to an exclusive Ford Motor Co. program at the end of my first year that only came around every two years.
I graduated Phi Theta Kappa, made the Who's Who in Junior Colleges honor roll and the Deans List about five times.

All while half fucking drunk the whole damn time.

So yes Mr. Wormer, it kinda is an option and Rest In Peace Mr. Furst.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Just Park It Right In The Front Yard

I would think this thing sitting out in front of your house would cause anyone with nefarious thoughts to decide it would be better to just keep on moving.

Holy Moly would you look at the tracks on this thing?
What the fuck are those, axe heads?
You could roto-till your garden with this thing in one pass, not to mention taking out any neighborhood pests that might be in range.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It Goes Back Hundreds Of Thousands Of Years

You could call it an instinctual reaction.

Tag, You're It

Mass Shootings in Virginia, San Francisco This Morning. Maybe I Should Stay Home Today

Jeeze, I wake up, grab some coffee and have a smoke, check my Email and the thing is blown up with stories about mass shootings this morning.

A congress man from Louisiana, a cop and several others shot while playing baseball of all things
and then a UPS driver in The City decides to go postal.

So far, the only one dead at the baseball game is the shooter but the guy who drove the Big Brown Truck killed several people before shooting himself but he ain't dead yet.

It's not even noon here yet.

What, You Never Farted?

Hell, I have cleared out an entire shop full of mechanics before with a particularly nasty SBD.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Clever New Band Aid /Tape That Replaces Stitches

I found some on Amazon but they only had 15 at the time I posted this.
I'm going to check and see if my local Wally World has some so I can put them in all my First Aid kits.
Look for these;
3M Steri-Strip reinforced Skin Closures - 1/2" x 4"

The future of stitches

Exactly What I Would Have Done.

I laughed when I saw this was in Klamath Falls.
The entire Southern and Eastern parts of Oregon are thick with Good Old Boys.
I grew up on the Southwest coast of Oregon in an old lumber town.

As a matter of fact, except for the Willamette Valley on the West side, which includes Eugene, Salem and Portland, the entire state is as red as a baboons ass.

Same thing up here in Washington state.

The liberals have a lock on the Puget sound area and the entire East side of Washington state might as well be another country.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Failure Was Not An Option

Should We Start A Betting Pool To See How Many Times Lynch Invokes The 5th?

If they finally get that woman in a chair in front of an investigative committee I am definitely going to need more popcorn.

Lynch should testify in wake of Comey claims, Graham says

Published June 11, 2017 Fox News

Is former attorney general Loretta Lynch in trouble?
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch should testify before the Senate, top Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday, in the wake of fired FBI Director James Comey calling into question her handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

“I want to hear from Loretta Lynch,” Graham said.

The call follows Comey’s claim during a Senate committee hearing that Lynch once directed him to describe the email probe as a "matter" and not an "investigation” -- an alleged intervention Comey said made him “queasy.” He also said that directive, combined with Lynch's unusual Arizona tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton, led him to make his independent announcement regarding the Clinton email probe last July.

Asked Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” whether he wants Lynch to appear before the judiciary committee on which he sits, Graham, R-S.C., said: “Absolutely.”

Several GOP lawmakers have shown interest in learning more about Lynch’s actions following Comey’s testimony.

Her involvement in the Hillary investigation and her "chance meeting" with Billy Boy, coupled with what Comey has said should put her in the hot seat but good.

Please let her be the first of many more to follow.

The Obama administration was a rats nest of illegal activities.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saudi's Stop Quatars From Entering Mecca

Hoo boy, the heat just got turned up to Blast Furnace over in the Sand Box.

They take that whole pilgrimage to Mecca shit real fuckin' serious over there.

Reports: Qatari pilgrims harassed in Mecca Grand Mosque

Saudi authorities have prevented Qatari nationals from entering the Grand Mosque in Mecca, marking a sharp escalation in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, Doha-based Al Sharq newspaper has reported.

Qatar's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) received complaints from Qatari citizens that pilgrims from Qatar were barred from entering the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, the paper said on Saturday.

Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, the NHRC head, called the incident a flagrant violation of the right to practice religious rites as permitted by human rights conventions, the paper said.

The NHRC denounced the incident, considering the step a violation of the right to perform religious rituals guaranteed by human rights conventions, Al Sharq added.

It should be noted that Saudi authorities do not normally question people entering the Grand Mosque on their ethnicity or sectarian affiliation.

The claims come less than a day after the UAE and Bahrain criminalised "sympathy" for Qatar on social media.

The UAE said offenders would be punished with a jail term of up to 15 years, and a $136,000 fine. Bahrain declared it punishable by imprisonment of up to five years.

Since the diplomatic row erupted, slogans against and in support of Qatar have been among the top topics discussed on Twitter in Arabic, which is a hugely popular medium of expression in the Arab world, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

The dispute between Qatar and the Arab countries escalated after a cyberattack on Qatar's state-run news agency.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting "extremism".

Qatar has vehemently denied the charges.

My bold and italics.

Looks Like You Are Fucked

KERPOW!! Batman Has Died.

While reading this LA Times piece about the iconic Adam West and the original Batman show from the mid 60's, it's kind of hard to believe it was only originally aired for two years.

Of course I used to watch it, that's what kids in the 60's did back then.

Adam West, star of the 'Batman' TV series, dies at 88

Adam West, who donned a cape, cowl and tights to became an overnight sensation in 1966 as the star of the campy “Batman” TV series, has died, according to a family statement. He was 88.

West, who later lamented being typecast as the iconic Caped Crusader but eventually embraced having been part of American pop culture, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, according to multiple reports.

A former Warner Bros. contract player, West was appearing in TV commercials in the mid-1960s to help pay the rent. But several commercials he did for Nestle’s Quik chocolate powder — parodies of the popular James Bond movies in which West played a dry-witted character called Captain Q — had an unexpected outcome.

They caught the attention of 20th Century Fox TV producer William Dozier, who was looking for someone to star as Gotham City millionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego, Batman, in a farcical new series for ABC.

Adam West: Hollywood Star Walk
Based on the DC character created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, “Batman” debuted in January 1966 as a twice-weekly half-hour program — 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the Wednesday episode ending on a cliffhanger.

West knew his life would never be the same the night the heavily promoted first episode aired.

“I stopped at the market on the way home,” he told Esquire magazine in 2004. “I thought, ‘Tonight, I just want to be alone. I’ll stop, get a steak and a six pack, whatever, then go home and watch the debut of the show.’

“As I walked through the checkout line, I heard people saying, ‘C’mon, c’mon, hurry up. “Batman” is coming on!’ And I said to myself, ‘Goodbye, anonymity.’ ”

The tongue-in-cheek series roared into public consciousness like the Batmobile out of the Batcave.


The “Batman” series spawned a 1966 movie version and an array of merchandise, including lunchboxes, dolls and toy Batmobiles.

Both nights of “Batman” were rated in the top-10 list of shows for the 1965-66 season. But as with any fad, the show’s popularity eventually began to fade.

By the fall of 1967, the series was cut back to once a week, and it was canceled in March 1968.

Another thing I never knew about him was that he was originally from the Pacific NorthWest.

Born William West Anderson on Sept. 19, 1928, in Seattle, West grew up on a farm outside Walla Walla, Wash., before his parents divorced and he moved to Seattle to live with his mother and her new husband.

He majored in English literature at Whitman College in Walla Walla. He later did post-graduate work in communications at Stanford University but dropped out after six weeks to take a job at a Sacramento radio station.

West, who was drafted into the Army in the early 1950s, was hosting a local daily variety show in Hawaii with a chimp named Peaches and acting in community theater when a Hollywood agent saw him playing the lead in a production of “Picnic.” In 1959, West became a contract player at Warner Bros.

So long Batman.

Thanks for the memories.

Jello Ain't The Only Thing That Jiggles

It's Magic!

Look inside your shoes before you put them on for a while.

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