Holy celebration, Batman! Walla Walla has added to its day to honor legendary actor Adam West. Walla Walla is celebrating the life of its favorite son on Tuesday, Sept. 19 — known the world over as Batman and later the voice of Mayor Adam West on the show The Family Guy — in a way that only West’s hometown can.
Held on West’s birthday, “Adam West Day” will include a day full of festivities, including a recently announced appearance by The Batmobile, a live Q&A with director James Tooley and producer Ralph Garmin immediately following the showing of their documentary “Starring Adam West”, and the unveiling of a recently completed Adam West poster by American animation and comic book artist Ruben Procopio.
Walla Walla, the heart of Washington wine country with more than 120 wineries, knows how to throw a party. The Adam West Day events now include:
– Q&A panel at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Walla Walla with Ruben Procopio, an American animation and comic book artist, animator, and sculptor, who West once called his personal sculptor.
– A showing of the documentary “Starring Adam West” at the Gesa Power House Theatre in downtown Walla Walla, followed by a live Q&A with the film’s director, James Tooley, and producer, Ralph Garmin
– Official lighting of the Bat Signal at 9 p.m.
– Photo opportunities with The Batmobile all day long.
– Live music and kids activities in the downtown Walla Walla Plaza.
Adam West died on June 9 in Los Angeles, but his Walla Walla roots run deep. He was born in 1928 in Walla Walla as William West Anderson. He grew up in what was then a tiny southeastern Washington farming community, before moving to Seattle at age 15. After graduating from high school, though, he returned to Walla Walla and graduated from Whitman College. In 1959, he changed his name to Adam West and began his acting career, famously portraying Batman in the 1960s television version of the comic book hero. Though he moved away from Walla Walla, he returned frequently throughout his life. And it seems most every longtime Walla Walla resident has a personal Adam West story to share.
All net proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp Rainbow, a camp based in Idaho for children who are either cancer survivors or are undergoing treatment for blood-related cancer diseases. West was a supporter of the camp.